Microsoft Partners With Unity On HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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The developer-focused release includes $500 in free Azure credits, 3-month free trials of Unity Pro. Following the announcement of the Microsoft HoloLens 2, Unity has revealed a new partnership with the US-based multinational technology company to release a developer-focused version of the upcoming mixed reality headset. Image Credit: Microsoft. The addition of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ Plugin makes it easy to import 3D design data in minutes rather than hours.”.

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Unity 5.5 Update Brings Microsoft Hololens Integration And More

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The Unity game engine is a versatile tool that developers, from beginners to those well-versed, utilize to fully realize their video game concepts. includes a collection of new enhancements and also now comes Microsoft Hololens ready. Such a move eases the process for developers, increasing efficiency by allowing them to do a larger amount of their augmented and mixed reality work within the Unity Editor. You can find the Unity 5.5

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Microsoft’s AR/VR Unity Framework Now Officially Supports Oculus Quest

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The latest release of MRTK adds official support for Oculus Quest and can now be managed directly in Unity’s package manager. MRTK (Mixed Reality ToolKit) is Microsoft’s open source framework for spatial input, interactions, and interfaces.

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Unity ‘Accelerating efforts’ on OpenXR Support, Preview Expected by End of Year

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Unity has long been a public supporter of OpenXR—an industry standard designed to streamline VR development by making it easier for apps to support a wide range of headsets—but the company has yet to deploy support for the standard. Technical Product Manager of AR/VR at Unity.

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Valve Releases Beta OpenVR Support For Unity’s New XR Plugin System

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Valve released a beta OpenVR package for the Unity game engine’s new XR plugin system. Unity is used to make the majority of VR games. When the Unity 2019.3 Under the new system, Unity ‘officially’ worked with 7 XR platforms: Apple’s ARKit, Google’s ARCore, Microsoft’s HoloLens & WMR, Magic Leap, Oculus, and PlayStation VR. The post Valve Releases Beta OpenVR Support For Unity’s New XR Plugin System appeared first on UploadVR.

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Microsoft Launches HoloLens 2 Development Edition, Offers Free Unity Pro & PiXYZ Plugin Trial Package

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In the meantime, Microsoft has decided to introduce a new package called the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, which comes bundled with a couple of valuable software add-ons from Unity, as well as an opportunity to save some cash on your Azure usage. Don't Miss: Hands-On with the HoloLens 2, the New Best Augmented Reality Experience You Can Get "With the original HoloLens, Unity was the number tool people used.

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Unreal Engine Adds Oculus Quest Vulkan Support, Unity To Follow ‘Later This Year’

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Unity told us they will add the same “later this year” What Is Vulkan? Vulkan was developed by The Khronos Group, a non-profit industry consortium which includes major tech companies like NVIDIA, AMD, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Intel. Almost all Oculus Quest and Go apps are made with Unity or Unreal Engine. Development Oculus Quest development epic Oculus Go unity Unity Engine Unreal Unreal engine VR Development vulkan

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How to create a WebVR experience using Unity

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In my review of Amazon Sumerian I said multiple times that in other game engines, like Unity, it is not possible to create a WebVR experience. It was something that I already knew… plus I was really tired because of the hard work done and so I was really going through the text lines not giving much interest, when suddenly I read something like “Mozilla that has released a WebVR exporter for Unity” and suddenly I woke up and my eyes popped out.

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Schedule For Microsoft?s Virtual Mixed Reality Dev Days Revealed

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Microsoft revealed the full schedule for their upcoming Mixed Reality Dev Days, which is set to take place virtually in Altspace VR on Thursday and Friday. Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Dev Days were originally going to be hosted in Seattle this month, but with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been moved online and will take place in VR, using Altspace. Getting started with the HoloLens 2 and Unity : Learn the basics of setting up Unity and building for the HoloLens 2.

Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience

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Brandon Bray, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, took the stage at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 to show a little more of what Microsoft has planned for the VR side of things when the first Windows Holographic headsets come later this year. And to wit, Microsoft is giving away a free Acer Windows VR headset to everyone present at today’s Unity Vision VR/AR Summit. image courtesy Unity Technologies.

Unity Promises Initial OpenXR Platform Support By The End Of 2020

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Unity confirmed that its eponymous 3D engine will start supporting some OpenXR platforms by the end of 2020, with a focus on “providing the best developer experience on Unity supported platforms.”. The next stage will be early in 2021, when Unity will offer preliminary OpenXR 1.0

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HoloLens 2 Development Edition Includes Three Free Months Of Unity Pro

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Today at Microsoft Dev Days, ahead of Build next week, Microsoft revealed that a “Development Edition” of the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset is coming. Along with the Development Edition buyers will receive $500 in free Azure credits and a three month trial for both Unity Pro and the PiXYZ Plugin for transferring CAD files. The addition of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ Plugin makes it easy to import 3D design data in minutes rather than hours.”

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Epic Games, Unity & Microsoft Have Cancelled Their Attendance at GDC 2020

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Epic Games, Unity Technologies and Microsoft’s Game Stack team have all issued statements announcing their withdrawals from March’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020. . As for Unity, the company issued a blog post saying : “Unfortunately, this year, after much thought and deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to pull out of GDC 2020. We do not want any Unity employee or partner to compromise their health and safety unnecessarily.

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Hands-On: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is A Serious Improvement, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. For larger companies looking to connect their entire team with HoloLens 2 headsets, Microsoft is offering a package that includes Dynamic 365 Remote Assist on each MR headset at the cost of $125 per user – per month. Image Credit: Microsoft. Image Credit: Microsoft.

This Week In XR: Walmart Backs Microsoft Bid, Unity’s IPO, Apple Acquires Spaces VR App

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The last week in August used to be slow news week. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Games /games technology

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XR Technology for Industry According to Unity’s Andre Gauthier

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We didn’t have to shake the tree very hard to find someone that we were excited to talk to but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk with the good folks at Unity. What Is Unity? The name “ Unity ” probably sounds familiar to you. Unity for games, videos, and apps today is like what WordPress was for the websites seven years ago. Unity is the platform that makes this world a reality. Unity at XR Immersive Enterprise. More Buzz Around Unity.

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Microsoft’s VR Maker Tool ‘SharePoint Spaces’ to Launch in First Half of 2020

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Back at Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Virtual Summit in May 2018, the company announced it was getting ready to ship a new VR maker tool set called Spaces for SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform for enterprise customers. Now, Microsoft says Spaces is nearly ready for a general release to all SharePoint users, which is slated to happen at some point in the first half of 2020.

VR Veteran Tony Parisi is Leading Unity’s AR & VR Strategy Beyond Gaming

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The keynote from Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit yesterday showcased just how far Unity is reaching into non-gaming content when it comes to augmented and virtual reality. The person who is in charge of Unity’s xR strategy is Tony Parisi, who is a co-founder of VRML and a long-time open web advocate. New Unity Tools Bring Interactivity and Real-time CGI to 360 Video, Now in Beta. Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience.

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Microsoft Transitions To OpenXR Standard For Windows Mixed Reality & HoloLens

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Microsoft is transitioning to the OpenXR standard for future new features it builds in VR and AR. A post by Alex Turner at Microsoft explains that “starting in Unity 2021 , OpenXR will then graduate to be the only supported Unity backend for targeting HoloLens 2 and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.”

Unity Reveals MARS Tool For More Robust AR Apps

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At Unity’s Berlin event the company revealed the Mixed And Augmented Reality Studio (MARS) for creating more robust software that interacts with the real-world environment in a believable way. This understanding is so limiting to software design — and user experience — that companies like Magic Leap and Microsoft use the term “Mixed Reality” to try and differentiate their efforts from earlier ones.

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Unity Technologies Hosting Vision VR/AR Summit Asia in Beijing

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Building on the momentum set into motion by the inaugural event, Unity Technologies is hosting Vision VR/AR Summit Asia in Beijing. Unity revealed that representatives from Google, Samsung Gear VR, PTC Vuforia, Sony PlayStation VR, and Microsoft HoloLens will be on hand to discuss new developments in their individual technologies. Unity will also host a one-day workshop the day before the event where Unity field engineers will discuss VR development and optimization.

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59% of VR Developers Use Unity, But Devs Make More Money With Unreal

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Unity Technologies and Epic Games are in a grudge match for the hearts and minds of game developers. I interviewed both John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, and Tim Sweeney, CEO of Raleigh, N.C.-based Unity’s started out at the low end, enabling mobile devices to run better 2D and 3D graphics. Riccitiello said in a press event and in our interview that Unity-based games were installed more than 16 billion times in 2016, up 31 percent from 2015.

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A Closer Look At What Microsoft’s SeeingVR Offers The Visually Impaired

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Microsoft Reseach, in partnership with Cornell University, developed a range of techniques to make virtual reality accessible to the visually impaired. They are delivered as engine plugins for Unity. If Microsoft plans to release these tools as engine plugins, it could make a huge difference in these user’s ability to use virtual reality. VR Accessibility microsoft microsoft research VR research

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

Microsoft Aims to Improve VR for Users with Vision Problems

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Microsoft researchers have created a tool that could make VR more accessible to users with impaired vision. As reported by Engadget , Microsoft researchers teamed up with Cornell Tech and Cornell University to create SeeingVR, a kit intended for Unity developers to integrate into their VR projects. The rest require simple inputs from developers using a Unity toolkit we created that allows integrating all 14 of our low vision support tools during development.”

Unity CEO: VR Price Problems Will ‘Solve Themselves’ In 2018/19

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We might have seen big price drops on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive recently, and Microsoft’s new headsets are the cheapest yet, but VR remains an expensive proposition. The head of Unity says that problem will solve itself very soon. Speaking to TechCrunch , Unity CEO John Riccitiello looked towards the future of VR, referencing the tech’s “slow start” with consumers. The biggest app in history was Niantic’s Pokémon GO, powered by Unity.

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Facebook Follows Valve & Microsoft In Recommending Game Engines Use OpenXR

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Most VR games are made with the Unity and Unreal game engines. Unreal added support for OpenXR this year, and Unity plans to do the same by next year. Earlier this week, Facebook added a latency-reducing option called Phase Sync to the Unity & Unreal integrations.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Aims to Get More Devs into AR with New HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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Microsoft today announced they’re releasing a developer-focused HoloLens 2 bundle that aims to make the AR headset and software tools more accessible to developers and businesses. Aptly named the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, Microsoft is pitching the bundle staring at $99 per month/per user. in Azure credits for use with the company’s Azure mixed reality services , and a three-month free trial of Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ Plugin for CAD data.

Unity Updates XR Platform to Improve Multi-Platform Offering on 2019.3, Removes Gear VR & Google VR Support

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Videogame engine Unity has supported the XR industry from the early days of virtual reality (VR) through to the current crop of augmented reality (AR) hardware. This week has seen Unity update its XR platform, removing support for some devices whilst reaffirming official functionality for the latest headsets. . Affecting Unity 2019.3 It’s worth noting Gear VR and Google VR will remain supported in Unity 2018 LTS for developers working on existing projects.

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2021 Immersive Tech Trends

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Unity asked more than a dozen industry experts – including yours truly – to share their thoughts on how immersive technologies would be embraced for a report entitled Top 2020 Trends: Enterprise AR & VR.

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Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

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Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. It couldn’t come at a better time for VR developers who spent the summer reading headline after headline about how VR is dead, fulfilling the prediction of Unity CEO John Riccitiello that journalists couldn’t stop themselves from writing negatively about the gap between analyst estimates and actual sales in the first year or so of VR’s mainstream adoption.

ARCore 101: How to Create a Mobile AR Application in Unity, Part 3 (Setting Up the App Controller)

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Currently, in the augmented reality space, it seems the Microsoft-created C# has won out as the overall top language of choice. Of course, this is at least partially due to its heavy adoption by Unity, the most widely used engine for AR development. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of programming languages and variations of those languages that exist.

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Unity raises $181M monster round at a reported $1.5B.

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Unity raises $181M monster round at a reported $1.5B valuation Over the last few years, Unity Technologies has grown to become indispensable to the gaming industry and much of the entertainment industry as an engine for building experiences in one place and distributing them across a swath of platforms. Now, with the rise of augmented and virtual reality, we are rapidly approaching the likelihood that the future will be built on Unity. unity vr virtual reality

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Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

Outings Looks Like Microsoft’s Answer To Google Earth VR For MR

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Microsoft just launched a brand new app for its Windows VR and HoloLens headsets, but you’d be forgiven for missing it. Outings was released quietly onto the Microsoft Store yesterday. It’s a new take on Microsoft Garage’s mobile app of the same name, released in conjunction with a new software development kit (SDK). This allows you to pull data gathered from Bing Maps straight into Unity apps.

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Upload SF Workshop: Intro To VR Design And Development With Unity

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In just 3 short days from September 22 – 24 you’ll learn how to build a VR experience from scratch using the Unity game engine. Learn More About Upload San Francisco’s Virtual Reality Weekend: Intro to VR Design & Development with Unity. 8:15pm: Intro to Unity | Learn the Unity Interface. Learn More About Upload San Francisco’s Virtual Reality Weekend: Intro to VR Design & Development with Unity.

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