Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets


Microsoft unveiled their vision of a mixed reality world today at Computex in Taipei. . When Microsoft first announced their HoloLens augmented reality headset, they also showed off their Windows Holographic platform, which let developers build Windows 10 apps and experiences for the device. Now Microsoft has announced that they want to be a major part of virtual reality too.

Microsoft Files ‘Virtual Reality Floor Mat’ Patent, Possibly Aimed at an Xbox VR Headset

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A Microsoft patent application for a ‘virtual reality floor mat’ describes a special mat which defines a virtual playspace and can be used for tracking. Spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat , a Microsoft patent application published last week describes a “ virtual reality floor mat activity region ,” a special mat that would both define the virtual playspace and be used for tracking. Image courtesy Microsoft.

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Cannes XR Virtual Brings Art to Life With Virtual Reality


Cannes XR Virtual is The Marché du Film’s online virtual reality art showcase taking place from June 24 to 26. The virtual exhibit seeks to bring together executives from the traditional filmmaking industry, indie producers, XR artists, tech giants, and investors. Museum of Other Realities (MOR) is co-hosting Cannes XR. See Also: How Virtual Reality Takes Art to New Heights. The Beginnings of Cannes XR Virtual. Cannes XR Virtual Formats.

NVIDIA talks about RTX 2080 graphics cards and virtual reality

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RTX games use the Microsoft DX12 DXR ray tracing API. Microsoft has already released an SDK for ray-tracing, supporting NVIDIA algorithms. You can refer to this Microsoft blog post , with a final link to the SDK and tutorials on Github to have more info about it. ” Game developers can just use Microsoft’s standard DXR APIs to access NVIDIA’s RTX technology. Application with realtime raytracing developed using DXR APIs (Image by Microsoft).

What is Virtual Reality?


I first had to update to their new version and during the App feature preview noted they have a default Virtual Reality section. Upon installation of the new app, I excitedly selected the Virtual Reality section. This view of VR could be for many, their first introduction to "Virtual Reality." However, this is NOT Virtual Reality. So what is Virtual Reality or VR?

Osso VR raises $14 million to bring virtual reality to surgical and medical device training

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Virtual reality tools like those on offer from Osso VR have been raising investor dollars at a rapid clip, and now the Palo Alto, Calif.-based based virtual reality distribution platform joins their ranks with a $14 million round of financing.

The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Wireless


Will Facebook, Microsoft, Sony or Valve support the development of these new kinds of PCs (or game consoles)? Tagged with: brendan iribe , mark zuckerberg , Oculus Quest , palmer luckey Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Wireless appeared first on UploadVR. In recent months we’ve been talking about some new definitions and marketing terms that are coming into more popular use — “wireless” and “standalone” VR.

Learning Real-World Skills in Virtual Reality

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use cases for Immersive Technologies, and companies like Microsoft have partnered with various developers to launch collaborative and remote assistance applications. Tech like Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality leverage cognitive embodiment to reinforce learning, which works particularly well in scenarios such as medical training which involve the performance of both mental and physical tasks.

Building New Worlds in Virtual Reality

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AltspaceVR brings out new tools to make it easy for anybody to make and share their own personalized virtual environments. Recently unveiled updates to Microsoft’s social VR platform will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien World / Origin but Microsoft says they’re aiming to release more kits soon, as well as allowing for more customization options.

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

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Microsoft has acquired Zenimax for $7.5B. In-between the console wars, Microsoft has bought Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, for $7.5B. Microsoft has not announced a VR headset for the Xbox, but could it be interested in creating more VR games for PC? Happy Autumn everyone!

Microsoft Acquires Skyrim VR-Maker And Oculus Lawsuit Rival ZeniMax

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Microsoft is to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and Wolfenstein VR publisher, Bethesda Softworks. Following the announcement, games industry journalist Jason Schreier reported that Microsoft is paying $7.5

Virtual Reality Headset History 2012 To 2018


Over the last six years consumer VR products evolved considerably, with new capabilities added each year for developers to use in building virtual worlds. The first of these will be dev kits based on the Santa Cruz prototype from Facebook’s Oculus, but it is very likely executives at Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple also have teams working on similar systems and we’ll hear about them in the next year or two. 2017: Microsoft’s Windows-powered VR.

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed For Fall, But Only On Reverb G2

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Great news; Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support has been confirmed, but only for one headset right now. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support has been long requested by the community following the game’s reveal.

Virtual Reality Shopping Guide: 2017 Edition


At the end of 2017 there are virtual reality headsets available powered by technology from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Sony, and Google. Unlike the failed 3D TVs of just a few years ago, these VR headsets convince your eyes and ears that you’re actually seeing and hearing a fantastic virtual world all around you. With Move controllers you can have your hands interact with the virtual environment too.

New HP Reverb G2 Details: Thinner Cable, Half Resolution Mode, More


Members of the HP team answered questions on Reddit following the reveal of the device, which is the result of a collaboration between HP, Microsoft and Valve. HP already confirmed that it will sell the controllers separately and that they’re backward compatible with older Windows Mixed Reality devices, but clarified they won’t see pre-orders and will likely ship after the G2 itself releases in Fall 2020.

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR close beta is now open for sign-ups


Archive Microsoft mixed reality virtual reality VRFor simulator fans, the latest iteration of the well-aged Flight Simulator could be the franchise’s biggest release yet and in more ways than one.

Virtual reality specialist MelodyVR partners with Microsoft via @MusicWeek [link]


Virtual reality specialist MelodyVR partners with Microsoft via @MusicWeek [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) June 26, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

PanguVR mixes virtual reality and artificial intelligence to revolutionize interior design

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PanguVR works with two amazing technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence , so I was really interested in talking with him. We agreed that we would have met virtually so that I could discover more about his company anyway. I am delighted to meet everyone here virtually. After that, I headed for China to pursue my dream and headed marketing and strategy for the release of the Microsoft A.I.

HP Says No Current Plans For Reverb G2 Xbox Support After Store Listing

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HP stated that its upcoming Reverb G2 headset currently doesn’t support Xbox One consoles after a Microsoft Store listing suggested otherwise. The Reverb G2 is made in partnership with Microsoft (along with Valve), so a partnership to bring the kit to console would make sense.

Virtual Reality Holiday Gift Guide 2017


Lots of really interesting virtual worlds like Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption require the Move controllers to play, and even games like Skyrim VR are better with hand controllers. Of the three major wired VR headsets, HTC Vive offers the greatest amount of freedom to explore a virtual world. VR headsets based on Microsoft’s technology have been on the market the shortest amount of time.

How Virtual Reality Can Close the Gender Pay Gap


Even in the age of technologies like virtual reality , women all around the world only earn a small portion of what men make. In the years to come, emerging technologies such as virtual reality will change that. See Also: How Virtual Reality Promotes Gender Equality. But California-based VR startup Variable Labs believes that virtual reality is the quickest way to close the gender pay gap. Only 27% of Microsoft’s global workforce are women.

HP Reverb G2 Worldwide Pre-Orders To Launch In June/July


Reverb G2 has caught the attention of VR enthusiasts thanks to an impressive spec sheet, made possible by a collaboration with Microsoft and Valve. Like the original Reverb, the G2 boasts a 4K resolution, and inside-out tracking, but also delivers four-camera tracking, Valve Index-style audio, improved ergonomics and redesigned Windows Mixed Reality controllers. Last week’s announcement of the HP Reverb G2 headset was met with excitement from the VR community.

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Original Xbox Co-Founder: Virtual Reality Is ‘Another Golden Age’ For Gaming


The year of virtual reality has been full of ups and downs for our young industry. Berkes is one of the original founders of Xbox at Microsoft and is currently Chief Technology Officer at CA Technologies after serving as the EVP, Technology and CTO at HBO. In his time at Microsoft, he helped create the high-quality Xbox brand that’s globally recognized as one of the leading game consoles. Tagged with: industry , microsoft , otto berkes , VR , xbox.

Microsoft Researchers Explore Eye Tracking Uses For VR


Microsoft researchers released some new work related to eye-tracking this week. The 13-page paper titled Mise-Unseen: Using Eye-Tracking to Hide Virtual Reality Scene Changes in Plain Sight is written by Microsoft intern and University of Potsdam PhD student Sebastian Marwecki , along with Microsoft researchers Andy Wilson , Eyal Ofek , Mar Gonzalez Franco , and Christian Holz.

‘Envelop VR Has Closed’: Virtual Reality Productivity App Shuts Down


In an understated message on its website , the virtual reality productivity application, Envelop VR, today announced that it is permanently closed. Envelop VR is an application designed to bring a user’s desktop into the virtual space. The round was led by Madrnoa Venture Group and marked that fund’s first ever virtual reality investment. Looming on the horizon for VR/AR productivity is Microsoft.



Microsoft Corp. is developing a new video gaming console for virtual-reality and 4k resolution gaming. also unveiled that it would launch its new virtual-reality headset for PlayStation in the United States by mid-October. Microsoft and Sony are providing something commercially meaningful without fragmenting the user base. Microsoft also announced a number of games at a conference, including Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3.

Global Virtual Reality Industry to Reach $7.2 Billion in Revenues in 2017

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In a new Virtual Reality Industry Report, Greenlight Insights forecasts modest VR industry growth in the short term, growing into a major global content marketplace by 2021. In its new Virtual Reality Industry Report: Spring 2017 , Greenlight Insights forecasts total virtual reality revenues to reach $7.2 What’s Inside the Virtual Reality Industry Report: Spring 2017. The Virtual Reality Industry Report is available now.

Microsoft’s ‘DreamWalker’ Turns Everyday Commutes Into VR Walking Experiences


Earlier this week during the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology in New Orleans, Microsoft unveiled a prototype system that uses a combination of VR, GPS-based inside-out tracking, and pre-authored digital worlds to create dynamic VR experiences layered over actual walking routes located throughout the real-world. “To Image Credit: Microsoft Research. Image Credit: Microsoft Research. “We Feature Image Credit: Microsoft Research.

The Coming Wave of Virtual Reality Creation Tools


That was true until a few weeks ago, when I got my hands on a new class of virtual reality 3D creation tools including Google Blocks , Google Tilt Brush , Oculus Medium , Oculus Quill , et al. Back to Reality, Temporarily. Last week at the inaugural event, I demoed these creation tools and my BB-8 mini-game process alongside other Oculus experiences — plus live 4k mixed reality camera tracking, mobile VR, and samples of Apple’s upcoming ARKit functionality.

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GDC 2017 Was The Best Week Ever for Virtual Reality


My brain feels a few sizes smaller than it did at the start of the week but the few neurons that are still firing are sending out one last happy thought: this was an incredible week for virtual reality. At GDC, however, Microsoft and LG demonstrated new hardware for the very first time. GDC 2017 is over.

Upload LA Workshop: Virtual Reality Weekend


Start your journey as a Virtual Reality creator! Learn more about Upload LA’s Virtual Reality Weekend: Learning Unity Development. If you’ve never programmed before, then put a few hours in at Microsoft Virtual Academy or LearnC#; either one will prepare you enough for this course. Learn more about Upload LA’s Virtual Reality Weekend: Learning Unity Development.

3 Ways VR Could Make Microsoft Flight Simulator Even Better (And 1 Thing To Watch Out For)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is out on PC today and, even without the impending VR support, it’s a true marvel. The camera in Microsoft Flight Simulator is a little bit of a fiddle, depending on your playstyle.

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


Just one afternoon with the mixed reality headset and I’m already in love. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. Voice commands, navigation, interactivity with 3D objects, virtual collaboration; almost every aspect of the HoloLens experience has been fine-tuned and upgraded. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. Image Credit: Microsoft.

How Virtual Reality (VR) Helps Companies During the Coronavirus Outbreak


But business impact has been substantial too — from Microsoft and Apple lowering financial projections to major conferences like Mobile World Congress and Facebook’s F8 being cancelled. . We’ve discussed at InstaVR the major changes at businesses driven by virtual reality’s widespread adoption. Activities that once required an “in-person” presence can now be done virtually. . Disaster Preparedness through Virtual Reality is also important.

VR Now ‘Very High’ On Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Priorities


In an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the head of Microsoft’s upcoming Flight Simulator 2020 revealed that VR is now “very high” on the list of priorities. Microsoft’s tone on supporting virtual reality in its next generation flight simulator seems to have shifted over the past few months. While the sim is also coming to Xbox, it looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in virtual reality on that platform.

Microsoft Files Patent For VR Mat With Haptic Feedback And Pressure Sensors


Could Microsoft’s high-tech floormat be the future of at-home 4D entertainment? According to a patent filed by Microsoft to the United States Patent & Trademark Office earlier this week, the company has been experimenting with the idea of a unique VR floor mat device designed to enhance users immersion. Microsoft’s latest Kinect in-action / Image Credit: Microsoft. News haptic feedback Microsoft VR Mat

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Hololens: The Virtual Reality Headset For Elevator Repair


The multinational conglomerate which is responsible for providing the MULTI elevator system is trying its hands in the field of virtual reality by implementing Microsoft’s Hololens wherein the engineers and technicians will be benefited from the minimized delays and matchless workflow. Implementing cloud computing and digital IoT solutions with an augmented reality, the software and engineering giants of ThyssenKrupp elevator have come up with a solution dubbed MAX.