Sony Acquires Insomniac Games

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Insomniac Games — the developers behind Sony’s PS4 megahit Spider-Man — are going to become part of Sony Worldwide Studios. Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac turns the PS4 and PSVR maker into the owner of upcoming PC VR game Stormland and a host of other VR and AR projects. Will the parent company focus Insomniac’s efforts instead exclusively on Sony hardware? The post Sony Acquires Insomniac Games appeared first on UploadVR.

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Don’t Worry, Sony Just Reconfirmed PSVR ‘Is Compatible With PS5’

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Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO Jim Ryan reconfirmed in an interview published today on CNET that the PSVR “is compatible with PS5” thankfully. Presumably it will use a different tracking system that doesn’t require light balls and external cameras, but perhaps will instead be fully wireless sort of like the Oculus Quest with brand new controllers.

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Sony Reveals New VR Concert Experience With Madison Beer, Coming To PSVR And Oculus

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Sony is the latest company to turn to virtual concerts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Revealed during yesterday’s CES 2021 showcase, Sony Music is partnering with Verizon to produce a virtual performance starring singer-songwriter, Madison Beer.

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Sony Patent Reveals VR Controller Design Seemingly Inspired by Valve Index

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Sony Interactive Entertainment recently published a patent for a VR motion controller that look suspiciously similar to Valve’s Index controllers, aka ‘Knuckles. Image courtesy Sony Interactive Entertainment, WIPO. Image courtesy Sony Interactive Entertainment, WIPO.

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Oculus Quest 2 vs PSVR: What’s The Difference, Which One To Buy

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For newcomers to VR, there are two headsets that you’re most likely to have heard about — Oculus Quest 2 and PSVR. Oculus Quest 2: Overview. The Oculus Quest 2 is wireless and requires nothing except what comes in the box.

Sony Sold 4.2 Million PSVR Headsets

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Sony officially cleared a new sales milestone of 4.2 Sony is the only wired VR headset manufacturer to release actual sales figures. We last heard Sony cleared 3 million headsets sold in August 2018. A Sony livestream today announced a series of new VR games coming to the system in the next few months, including No Man’s Sky and Five Nights At Freddy’s. We’re of course curious what the future holds for Sony’s VR system.

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Sony Patents Valve Index-Like VR Controller With Finger Tracking

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A recently-published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. The sensor units mentioned above are placed where the fingers would rest just like the sensors on the Index controllers or those embedded in an Oculus Touch controller. However it doesn’t sound as if Sony has settled on a definitive means of tracking fingers, at least according to the patent.

Oculus Go Price Cut, Sony Skips E3 & Win Eclipse! VRecap

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Firstly, Facebook just gave the Oculus Go its first official price cut. Next up, Sony is skipping E3 for the second year in a row. The post Oculus Go Price Cut, Sony Skips E3 & Win Eclipse! Experiences Gaming e3 e3 2020 E3 VR Oculus Go Oculus Go price cut Oculus Quest psvr e3 SideQuest sony e3 top stories VRecap

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Facebook/Oculus & Sony Are Pulling Out of GDC Over Coronavirus Concerns

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Facebook and Sony today announced they won’t be attending the annual GDC conference in San Francisco next month other Coronavirus concerns. GDC has historically been a key event for both Facebook/Oculus and Sony, with major announcements and previews of what would come from each company’s VR ventures throughout the rest of the year. In years past, GDC was used by both Oculus and Sony to reveal the latest versions of new VR headsets and content.

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Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus SonySome of the biggest names in the business are teaming up to secure the future of virtual reality.

Luckey Points to Sony in Defending Oculus Exclusives

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Oculus is catching a lot of heat for securing exclusive content on the Rift lately, but kit creator Palmer Luckey is quick to point out that the company isn’t the only one doing this. Speaking to The post Luckey Points to Sony in Defending Oculus Exclusives appeared first on UploadVR. oculus PSVR Sony VR Headsets VR Industry News Oculus Exclusive oculus rift Oculus Studios palmer luckey PlayStation VR sony

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Sony Paid $229 Million To Purchase Insomniac Games In 2019

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Last year Sony Interactive Entertainment acquired Insomniac Games, the developers of critically-acclaimed and commercially successful games for both VR and non-VR formats. All of the studio’s VR work was only for Facebook’s Oculus platform, such as Stormland , The Unspoken , and Edge of Nowhere. As a result of this acquisition, Insomniac Games has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.”

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Sony VR Patent Reveals Work On Face Tracking

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A US patent granted to Sony reveals research on VR face tracking, a vital technology for the future of multiplayer and social VR. As with previous Sony patents, the headset also contains eye tracking so that your gaze is represented. Facebook, the company behind the Oculus VR brand, has shown off similar technology over the past few years. The post Sony VR Patent Reveals Work On Face Tracking appeared first on UploadVR.

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Sony Files Patent For In-VR Esports Tournament Spectator System

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Sony recently filed a patent application titled “Spectator View Into An Interactive Gaming World Showcased In A Live Event Held In A Real-World Venue” The patent describes using an array of cameras to make the VR user feel as if they’re attending the tournament. Facebook streams live events in VR with Oculus Venues and that includes a crowd, but that’s been focused on physical sports. Entertainment Gaming PSVR Sony Esports PlayStation VR sony

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Sony Files Patent For Wireless PSVR Device

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Sony looks to cut the cord on console VR. . According to a new patent filed by Sony, the company is looking into wireless functionality for the next iteration of their PSVR headset. Sony plans on using a breakout box that would pair with the PSVR headset using two different frequencies to deliver a seamless VR experience as you dodge zombies or avoid getting knocked-out by Creed. Image Credit: Sony. Image Credit: Sony. Image Credit: Sony.

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Watch: Sony Reveals Research On Next-Gen Finger-Tracked VR Controllers

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Past patents have suggested that Sony is working on finger-tracking for a new VR motion controller, possibly PlayStation Move 2, to be paired with an unannounced PSVR 2 headset. Now a new video from Sony researchers gives us a much more solid look at that work. That’s the division of Sony specifically responsible for the PlayStation brand, and not the wider corp. Sony itself has warned that it’s not likely to release PSVR 2 alongside PS5.

Editorial: Sony Is Letting PSVR Owners (And The Industry) Down In The Transition To PS5

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I’m talking about the slow degradation of hopes and dreams for PSVR support on Sony’s PS5 console at launch. Sony’s flashy new HD Camera, launching alongside the console in November, doesn’t support PSVR tracking.

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Facebook To Discontinue Oculus Rift S Beginning 2021

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You can still buy an Oculus Rift S.for now. The company also made the official reveal of the Oculus Quest 2 —a lighter, faster, all-in-one VR headset available this October beginning at $299. You can still order a Rift S via the Oculus website… for now.

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Report – New Oculus Headset Enters Production This Month, Sony Ramping Up PS5 Manufacturing

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A recent report from Japanese publication Nikkei claims that a new Oculus headset from Facebook will enter production later this month. The report quotes ‘a source with direct knowledge’ of the matter, who says that the “new Facebook Oculus VR headset will enter mass production around the end of July.” ” New Oculus Headset In Production? Rather than a full Oculus Quest 2, this rumored device would be more like an update to the original kit.

Shawn Layden Says Sony-Made Games May Come To Other Platforms

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Could we one day see Sony-made PSVR exclusives on other platforms? Sony’s Shawn Layden just made that seem like a possibility. Sony, for example, makes blockbuster exclusive games like Blood & Truth and Astro Bot , then sells them PSVR owners. According to Sony’s last update, PSVR has sold around 4.2 Maybe we could see Lone Echo on PSVR and Blood & Truth on Oculus Rift in the near future after all.

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Sony Licenses ‘Advanced Haptics Patent Portfolio’ For ‘VR Controllers’

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Haptic feedback technology company Immersion Corp signed an agreement with Sony to license their “advanced haptics” patent portfolio. The company stated that Sony can use this to leverage their technology for “gaming controllers and VR controllers.” That’s in contrast to the linear resistant actuators (LRAs) used on the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers, which was also used in the Nintendo Switch.

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Sony Patent Filing Reveals Unseen PSVR Design With Mix Of Tracking Tech

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A seemingly uninteresting patent recently granted to Sony may reveal some features of the hotly-rumored new PSVR 2. The mention of cameras both on the headset and console leaves Sony’s intentions for PSVR 2 unclear. We don’t know of any other headset that uses both methods; Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest both just use headset-mounted cameras whilst the Valve Index uses external base stations.

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Sony Researchers Unveil Knuckles-style Prototype VR Controller with Full Hand Tracking

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) researchers unveiled a prototype motion controller recently which showcases experimental techniques into full hand tracking using machine learning and capacitive sensors. Like the Index controller, Sony’s prototype features an open-palm design using a wrist strap. Whatever the case, it’ll be interesting to see if Sony continues forward towards commercialization, be it via Sony-built PC solution or controller intended for use with PS5.

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Sony Acquires Insomniac Games, Delivering a Strategic Blow to Oculus Studios in the Process

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Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Monday that the company is acquiring Insomniac Games, a storied game studio and one of the most experienced in VR development anywhere in the world. The studio has developed three Oculus exclusive titles, with its fourth and largest yet, Stormland , still due to launch in 2019. Sony will bring the studio under its SIE Worldwide Studios group, which has churned out some of the company’s most lauded exclusive games (VR and otherwise).

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida: ‘The Human Brain Is Getting Used To’ VR

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida thinks that people are beginning to overcome the dreaded VR simulation sickness. Yoshida’s words are reflective of how VR design has evolved at both Sony’s own Worldwide Studios and Oculus’ exclusive games for its Rift and Quest headsets. Should Sony and Oculus continue to design more intense experiences or are they leaving people that still suffer from nausea behind?

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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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Sony invests $250M in Epic Games. Sony has announced that it has made a big investment of $250M in Epic Games through one of its subsidiaries. The investment gives Sony a minority stake in Epic that now is evaluated at more than $17B. It is interesting that when speaking about this alliance, Sony doesn’t only talk about games, but it mentions “the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape”. And Sony for sure wants to have a stake in the metaverse.

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Sony Releases ‘Passengers: Awakening’ VR Experience

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Awaken on the Starship Avalon in this Oculus Rift and HTC Vive movie experience. Developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures VR, MPC , and Q Department , Passengers: Awakening is less of a game and more a movie set exploration experience. Curious enough, Passengers: Awakening is releasing on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first, before ever making its way to Sony’s PlayStation VR. Image Credit: Sony Pictures / Todd Williamson.

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Watch First Ever Solaris: Offworld Combat Gameplay Here

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The footage below is from the Oculus Rift version of the game: In Solaris, players will engage in tense multiplayer PvP combat in virtual environments that look and feel like they’ve been ripped out of an esport from the future. This makes Solaris their third VR game and first release for Oculus Quest. Solaris: Offworld Combat is releasing this August 2020 for Oculus Rift via Home and Oculus Quest, with crossplay and dedicated servers.

Vetan VR Studio of ‘Waltz of the Wizard’ Pausing PSVR Development Until Sony Addresses PS5 Roadmap

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Veteran VR developer Aldin Dynamics, the studio behind Waltz of the Wizard , says it is pausing development on PSVR titles until Sony clarifies plans for the future of VR on PS5. In many ways Sony did a good job—but the platform became instantly outdated after release.”

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Sony Introduces Official $399 PSVR Camera Bundle

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Looks like Sony caught wind of Microsoft’s VR news; the company has just announced a new bundle for its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. The Oculus Rift is currently on sale for the same price at the PSVR camera bundle, and will soon be set at the official price tag of $499 , while the HTC Vive has dropped to $599. PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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VRecap #5: Void Meets Avengers, Sony Buys Insomniac, Win The Tower 2!

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First up, Sony acquired one of the biggest VR developers out there, Insomniac Games. They did games like The Unspoken and the upcoming Stormland, exclusively for the Oculus Rift. What does that mean for the developer’s existing relationship with Oculus? Elsewhere, we’ve got an update from The Void that confirms the company is working with both Marvel and Sony Pictures on new location-based VR projects.

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Community Download: What Do You Think Of Sony Acquiring Insomniac?

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For today, we want to know what you think about the news that Sony has acquired game developer Insomniac Games? Yesterday the news broke that Sony is acquiring Insomniac Games, the developers behind last year’s PS4-exclusive, Spider-Man , as well as a host of Oculus Studios published VR titles: Edge of Nowhere, Feral Rites , The Unspoken , and Stormland. So, the question at hand is: What do you think of Sony acquiring Insomniac Games?

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Sony Promising PS5 Support For PSVR Gives VR A Clear Future

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Yesterday, Sony officially embraced that strategy for its 2.5-year-old virtual reality headset PlayStation VR, and in so doing may have saved a great device from an unnecessarily early death. By confirming earlier this week that the PlayStation 5 won’t arrive this year, and that it will continue to be PSVR-compatible, Sony’s senior PlayStation system architect Mark Cerny effectively threw the PSVR the lifeline it has needed for at least a year.

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6 VR Developers Sony Could Buy To Secure PSVR 2’s Future

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Between the likes of Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica and Media Molecule, PlayStation holds some of the most respected game developers in the world. But, as Microsoft continues to stock up on developers heading into the next generation it appears Sony might be ready to make a few more acquisitions of its own. But we can’t help but wonder if Sony might be looking to make some VR acquisitions as we approach the age of PS5. Experiences Gaming sony VR developers

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Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

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The launch on Quest has gone pretty well , and the game has had good feedback from the press (apart from some graphical glitches that can be solved in future updates) and very positive reviews on the Oculus Store. Now there is the Oculus Quest. The new upcoming PS5 (Image by Sony).

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Sony: PlayStation VR Sales In The “many hundreds of thousands”

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We’re going to be playing guessing games when it comes to VR headset sales for a long time yet, but Sony has at least given us a ballpark to play with when it comes to PlayStation VR. Sony, meanwhile, already has over 40 million VR ready machines in people’s homes with its PlayStation 4 console, and PS VR costs significantly less than its competitors at $399. PSVR VR Industry News Jim Ryan PlayStation VR sony VR sales

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Best VR Headset 2020: Quest, PC VR, PSVR & More

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Here’s our guide for the best VR headset, with different options breaking down the pros and cons of the Oculus Quest 2, HP Reverb G2, PlayStation VR and the Valve Index. Oculus Quest 2 — Best VR Headset Overall, Best for Newcomers.

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