Unreal Engine 4.25 Improves Support for HoloLens 2, Magic Leap, Adds Azure Spatial Anchors

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Unreal Engine 4.25 HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap saw the most attention, including the addition of Azure Spatial Anchors, Microsoft’s cross-platform system which enables shared augmented spaces across devices. Unreal Engine is one of the most popular game engines for building XR content. This week Unreal Engine 4.25 Epic Games says that Unreal Engine now offers production-ready support for HoloLens 2. Image courtesy Microsoft. The post Unreal Engine 4.25

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Microsoft backs Epic in dispute with Apple, says Unreal Engine is critical tech

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Gaming News Apple breaking twitter Epic Games Microsoft Unreal EngineA court filing says the banning the engine will 'harm game creators and gamers'.

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The Unreal Garden AR Environment Was A Much Needed Escape From The Chaos Of E3

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The Unreal Garden, a large-scale multiplayer AR experience from The Entertainment Software Association and Onedome, offered E3 2019 attendess an escape from the chaos, turning 6,000 sq. Originating from a San-Franscico-based pop-up developed in 2018, The Unreal Garden is a combination of art and technology, fusing entertainment with augmented reality, projections, and soundscape technology. News AR The Unreal GardenLarge-scale multiplayer AR turns 6,000 sq.

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Unreal Engine 4 Now Available for Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Native support for Unreal Engine 4 has arrived for the HoloLens 2 via early access on GitHub (login required). Don't Miss: Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney first announced the coming development on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, but it was at last month's Build conference where the world truly got a good look at some of the possibilities.

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Adding Mixed Reality Capture Support to Unreal Games

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And i’m not talking about Microsoft’s marketing use of the word “mixed reality” to describe their product line. Now Unreal Engine developers can finally open up their projects to mixed reality capture with a new plugin created by HTC Vive developer Foo Hoang. Developers who enable the Unreal Engine Mixed Reality Plugin for their applications will allow fans like us and other content creators to capture gameplay in an entirely new way.

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

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The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. 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. The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration for Unreal 4.22

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Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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The game is very different from its predecessor, and it is less a realistic combat simulator and more an adrenaline multiplayer game, like Unreal Tournament or Quake Arena. Microsoft has acquired Zenimax for $7.5B. augmented reality virtual reality week peek Microsoft nvidia

Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video

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On Monday, the Microsoft Build conference kicked off, showcasing a series of demos that went off without a hitch — except for one big one. At the start of the show, the company was meant to show off the capabilities of the HoloLens 2 by highlighting a look at the historic Apollo 11 mission as an augmented reality story. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.

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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.”

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

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Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 started out in the high end, and it has moved lower through pricing tactics and revisions that enable it to be the foundation of mobile games. Ditto with Google and ditto with Microsoft.”. Sweeney said that Unreal Engine had its best year of all time in revenues, and then 2016 revenues doubled the 2015 numbers. He said developers have made more than $10 billion to date with Unreal games. “We

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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.

Enklu Launches San Francisco’s First AR Maker Space

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E.den members are given access to a Microsoft HoloLens headset running Enklu’s AR platform that they can use to create open-floor mixed reality experiences. You can pay a monthly membership fee, with prices starting at $35 a month , that will give creators access to their workspace during open hours, a Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset, time with Enklu developers, unlimited access to Editor & Platform, and free entry to special E.den events.

Microsoft backs Epic Games, says Apple is threatening game development

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Microsoft has inserted itself into the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, and the Xbox company is lining up behind the Unreal Engine. That spurred a response from Microsoft. On Sunday, Microsoft filed a statement with the U.S.

NASA Team Headed to Titan in Search of Life Using Microsoft HoloLens as Key Part of the Mission

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Don't Miss: Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video You say you've never heard of Titan? NASA is going going to Saturn's moon Titan, and the space organization is using augmented reality help them do it.

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E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest. Microsoft aims to hit this growth spurt at just the right time, and pick the perfect sweet spot for its VR gear that could leave competitors in the dust.

OpenXR 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support

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Microsoft has released initial support for OpenXR on both HoloLens and Windows VR headsets , and Collabora has released its Monado open-source Linux OpenXR runtime. support in Unreal Engine and plans to update the engine for the 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support appeared first on Road to VR.

Oculus Quest To Get ‘Prototype’ OpenXR Support Later This Month

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Engines like Unity and Unreal make this easier, and both are trying to separately unify VR APIs under their own new engine subsystems, but the problem still exists. The working group includes the major VR companies such as Facebook, Valve, Microsoft, NVIDIA, AMD, HTC, Google, Unity, and Epic. Oculus Developers facebook khronos oculus api Oculus Quest oculus rift OpenVR OpenXR Quest top stories unity Unreal VR Development

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Epic’s HoloLens 2 Demo ‘Apollo 11: Mission AR’ Showcases Impressive PC-quality Graphics

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Epic Games today released a new video featuring a demo for HoloLens 2 that aims to show off just what sort of graphics can be achieved on Microsoft’s latest standalone AR headset. Called Apollo 11: Mission AR, the interactive demo is streamed wirelessly in real-time from networked PCs running the company’s game engine, Unreal Engine. Released in early September, Unreal Engine 4.23

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney On AR: ‘We’re Going To Need Very Strong Privacy Protections’

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Sweeney is, of course, the CEO of the company behind Unreal Engine, Fortnite, Epic Games store and more. And we’re very very happy to see Microsoft announce the HoloLens and all their future AR efforts will be treated as open platforms. Tagged with: Epic Games , Fortnite , Tim Sweeney , Unreal engine Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney On AR: ‘We’re Going To Need Very Strong Privacy Protections’ appeared first on UploadVR.

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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. . Over on Unreal Engine’s Twitter account , the company said: “Here at Epic we were excited about participating in GDC 2020. It’s a day of tech company cancellations following on from Facebook just confirming F8 2020 will no longer be taking place.

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E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018The.

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E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018 The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest.

Conversational Gameplay & Interactive Narrative in ‘Starship Commander’

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Developer Human Interact announced this past week that they are collaborating with Microsoft’s Cognitive Services in order to power the conversational interface behind their Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, interactive narrative title named Starship Commander. Here’s a Trailer for Starship Commander: Here’s Human Interact’s Developer Story as Told by Microsoft Research: Support Voices of VR.

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These Apollo 11 Augmented Reality Experiences from Google, USA Today, Time, & Smithsonian Will Fly You to the Moon

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Don't Miss: Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video The John. Unless you've been hiding under a (moon) rock for the past month, you already know that Saturday, July 20 is the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing. And while it has been 50 years since man first visited the moon, no human has set foot on its surface since 1976.

This iPhone & Android App Lets You Celebrate 50th Anniv. Of Moon Landing by Taking the Trip in Augmented Reality

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Don't Miss: Microsoft's Live HoloLens 2 Apollo 11 Demo Didn't Take Flight, but You Can See It Thanks to Unreal Engine's Video The app, which is made for iPhones (iOS) and Android devices gives the user the ability to. With all the talk about returning to the moon via SpaceX, NASA, and international agencies, some have forgotten some of the magic surrounding the original Apollo 11 mission. To remind us about just how monumental the first landing was, the John F.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

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Apple threatens future support in Unreal Engine. That’s why even Microsoft took Epic’s stances : Microsoft uses UE4 to develop some products also for Apple devices, and this decision hurts also its business.

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Sony Just Invested $250 Million in Epic Games, Here’s What it Could Mean for VR and Beyond

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Sony Corporation announced today that it will invest $250 million in Epic Games, the company well known for its hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine that powers it. Unreal Engine is the second most popular game engine for building VR content, and has powered PSVR games like Farpoint , Moss ,and Firewall: Zero Hour. Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations.

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All you need to know on HoloLens 2

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They teased a lot of interesting features and services of the device, and left the remaining technical details to some technical sheets on Microsoft website. There was a patent claiming that Microsoft was able to double the field of view with regard to the original HoloLens and it seems that that rumor was true: Alex Kipman has claimed that the FOV of the new HoloLens is MORE THAN DOUBLE than the FOV of the original one. Woman wearing a HoloLens2 device (Image by Microsoft).

2018 Highlights: Award-winning VR gloves, global customers, and a growing team

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We started the year strong, receiving the Lumiere Technology Award in January, alongside companies like Disney and Microsoft. The same principle guided the software team to the first customer-facing SDK release, sporting plugins for Unreal Engine and Unity that instantly, intuitively, and effectively enhance customer projects with haptics.”. “We’ve A new generation of HaptX Gloves. At HaptX, our team is celebrating a milestone-filled 2018.

Facebook’s Oculus Store Now Accepts OpenXR Apps

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Most VR games are made in Unity or Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine added support for OpenXR in December. The working group includes the major VR companies such as Facebook, Sony, Valve, Microsoft, HTC, NVIDIA, and AMD.

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

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Facebook, Microsoft, Valve, Unreal Engine, and others have been making progress toward supporting OpenXR in their platforms and now Unity says it’s moving to do the same.

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Valve Ends SteamVR Support For macOS

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The company even worked with Unity and Unreal Engine to make this available to all developers. Later in the conference, employees from ILM gave a live on-stage mixed reality demo of VR on macOS- a Star Wars scene powered by Unreal Engine. According to Valve’s Hardware Survey , just under 4% of Steam users are using macOS, with over 95% using Microsoft’s Windows. Valve just ended SteamVR’s support for macOS.

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OpenXR 1.0 Specification Release Carries Wide Industry Support

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Microsoft already released an OpenXR runtime for Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Oculus is releasing its own implementation, according to the Khronos Group, and Epic Games will support OpenXR with its Unreal Engine toolset. At SIGGRAPH Epic, Microsoft and Varjo are showing cross-platform XR applications using the same OpenXR API. An effort to standardize certain aspects of VR and AR applications gains wide industry support today with the release of version 1.0

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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Facebook and Microsoft publish two interesting research projects for VR. This week, Facebook and Microsoft have released two interesting works from their R&D department. Upload VR) More info (Microsoft’s haptic research).

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Sony Plans To Reveal ‘Compelling Lineup’ Of PS5 Titles Soon

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Microsoft has revealed its Xbox Series X, expected to launch around the same time, including some of the first titles coming to it, but so far Sony has only officially revealed the PS5’s controller, DualSense. That said, last week saw the debut of Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 5 , running on a PS5. It sounds like we might finally get our first official glimpse of PS5 titles soon.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.07.13): Sony invests in Epic, Rockstar is working on an AAA VR game, and more!

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And all of this comes in a period when other partnerships between tech giants are happening: remember that some weeks ago, Microsoft closed its streaming service Mixer and allied with Facebook Gaming to fight the quasi-monopoly of (Amazon-owned) Twitch. Epic is not only Unreal Engine, but it is also Fortnite , that at this point will for sure be optimized for PlayStation 5; and Epic Store , even if it is highly improbable that it will ever reach PlayStation.

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Hellblade VR Developer Ninja Theory Is Working On Star Wars: Vader Immortal

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A mention of the UK-based studio is dropped right at the end of the press release , simply stating that developer ILMxLAB is “proud to be working with Ninja Theory, an award-winning developer in the UK, and Epic Games, creators of Unreal Engine.” The studio was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year.

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