Epic Games Secures $1B Investment to Build Its Unreal Engine-powered Metaverse

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Epic Games, the company known for its hit battle royale title Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine, has managed to attract a stunning $1 billion in its quest to establish a metaverse of linked games and services.

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Epic Floated the Idea of Building a Launch Title for Sony’s Next VR Headset

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Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, said it would consider building a launch title for Sony’s “next VR platform” during negotiations about Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation in 2018.

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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 already supports VR development across all major headsets, including PSVR.

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Sony Unveils ‘Spatial Reality Display’ with Eye-tracking for Glasses-free 3D Viewing

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Sony recently unveiled Spatial Reality Display, a 15.6-inch 4K panel that includes both eye-tracking and embedded lenticular lens array so users can view 3D content with the naked eye. Sony says it’s designed for one viewer at a time.

ESI Design Uses Unreal Engine To Create An AR-Inspired Lobby Experience

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A two year renovation has transformed The Crossroads lobby into an interactive digital experience powered by Unreal Engine. The digital gateways were designed by a team of creatives over at ESI Design , who have worked for companies such as eBay, AT&T, Comcast, Sony, and Samsung, designing one-of-a-kind spaces that intertwine the physical and digital worlds into a single immersive environment.

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Epic Games Raises $2B to Further Expand Its Metaverse Ambitions

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Now the company, which owns Unreal Engine and popular battle royale shooter Fornite , says it’s secured $2 billion to further build out its future metaverse platforms. Sony has become somewhat of a serial investor in Epic.

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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.

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Kygo’s ‘Carry Me’ Is A Music Experience Sony Plans To Sell On PS VR, Vive and Rift

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At the Hollywood-centered VR on the Lot conference this week Sony Music offered the first public look at Kygo’s Carry Me project, featuring Julia Michaels. The project was shown on a PlayStation VR headset and it offers gorgeous pulsing environments driven by the song, and it is something Sony considers a “premium” experience worthy of being sold to buyers on PS VR, Rift and Vive. Sony wouldn’t reveal a price for the experience.

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Sony is an Official Supporter of OpenXR But Hasn’t Committed to a PSVR Implementation

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Despite being among the early supporters of the OpenXR consortium—the industry group building the open standard for XR devices—Sony so far seems to have avoided making a specific commitment to implement OpenXR on PSVR or its next-gen headset. Sony, however, remains an odd one out.

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Sony Showing More Believable VR Characters In PSVR GDC Tech Demo

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Creating more believable virtual characters will play an essential role in further immersing us in single-player VR experiences in the future, and Sony intends to demonstrate that on PlayStation VR (PSVR) this GDC. According to Sony they “imbue a sense of shared space”, reacting to both sound and motion created either within the area or by the player. There are scheduled Unreal Engine 4 and Unity Engine PSVR demonstrations too.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Speak On That Dead Jump Street/Men in Black Crossover

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Cast your mind back to the ancient dystopian days of 2016, reader, and you may recall that at one point, Sony planned to have its hilarious Jump Street reboot series cross over with Men in Black.

The XR Week Peek (2021.05.31): UE5 released in Early Access, Lumus shows an impressive AR prototype, and more!

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Unreal Engine 5 gets released in Early Access. After a lot of teasing of its upcoming fantastic features, Unreal Engine 5 is finally available for download. It is sold by Sony, but actually, the idea behind it comes from Impulse Gear , that studio that developed Farpoint.

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Epic Games buys UK facial mapping startup Cubic Motion

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The game studio behind Fortnite and the Unreal Engine has already done plenty of work with the UK-based startup, creating a number of tech demos over the past several years that have centered on translating an actor’s facial movements to a digital character in real-time.

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On the Hunt for VR’s Killer App with Epic Games’ Technical Director of VR & AR, Nick Whiting

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Whiting oversees the development of the award-winning Unreal Engine 4’s virtual reality efforts. Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 is one of the leading tools for VR game development. More from the ‘On the Hunt for VR’s Killer App’ Series: Sony’s Head of PlayStation Magic Lab, Richard Marks. Feature VR Design epic games nick whiting ue4 unreal engine unreal engine 4

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Moto Racer 4 Trailer for PlayStation VR Looks Suitably Intense

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Moto Racer 4 is a motocross and racing bike racing title inbound for the Sony PlayStation VR platform and if this trailer is anything to go by, it’ll offer a challenge for those without their VR legs. News Bits PlayStation VR Playstation VR Games microids moto racer 4 playstation vr moto racer 4 vr mr4 psvr playstation vr games psvr unreal engine 4

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The 9 Best PlayStation VR Games to Play Right Now

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The age of consumer grade video game console-powered virtual reality arrived early last month with the release of Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR) headset. It combines the intense action of games like Unreal Tournament with the mechanized combat and spectacle of a futuristic sports league. Tagged with: best , Games , playstation , PS VR , ps4 , sony. gaming PSVR Sony best Games playstation PS VR ps4 sony

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab , the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

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PlayStation VR 2 Coming in 2023

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Sony may launch it in 1Q23, depending on the development schedule of PS VR2 game titles. In February, Sony unveiled the core details of its PSVR 2 headset in a blog post. The Senior Vice President of Platform Experience for Sony, Hideaki Nishino, showcased the headset and controllers.

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‘PlayStation VR Worlds’ Review: Just Another Demo Disc

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Instead, you pay for a small collection of unrealized or unfinished games and experiences with a mixed bag of results. Sony didn’t bother talking about this entry in PS VR Worlds very much, frankly because many the other three I mentioned are more enjoyable. gaming Reviews dangerball london heist london studio ocean descent playstation playstation vr worlds PS VR scavengers odyssey sony vr luge worlds

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VRLO 5.0: London VR Meetup Highlights

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This VRLO had support from BBC, Google, HTC and Epic Games and sponsorship from AMD, Unreal, Autodesk and more. Also on show was the recently released Bjork VR experience , a number of VR docs from VR city, The Walk from Sony Pictures and lots of independent studios. VRLO, the UK’s biggest VR meetup returned last Thursday for it’s fifth incarnation. As usual it was bigger and better than the last and was totally sold out.

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How Inworld AI Is Populating the Metaverse

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Other members of the e-board have backgrounds including Magic Leap and Sony. Once the character is complete in both mind and body, they can be integrated into virtual environments created using Unreal Engine or Unity.

The VR Society’s ‘On The Lot’ is Back—and Fully Augmented

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” In addition, Unreal Engine will premiere The Giant: Michelangelo’s David in VR to the public, which lets audiences get up-close with the iconic statue unlike ever before. A partial list of exhibitors includes: AMD Studios, Barco, Create VR, Dell, Google, HP | Nvidia, Intel, Koncept VR, Legend, LOOT Interactive, Lytro, Positron, Sony Music, Technicolor, Time Inc., LIFE VR, Unity, Unreal Engine, VRC and DTS (an Xperi company).

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Sony announces new games for PSVR. More info (All announcements by Sony) More info (Doom 3 VR) More info (After The Fall) More info (After The Fall on announced platforms) More info (Fracked). Sony seems to be patenting bananas as controllers for the next-gen PSVR!

The best AR and VR news from CES 2021

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Sony and Verizon have partnered to create the next generation of VR concerts and have announced this partnership at CES. The environment where she has performed in was made in Unreal Engine and the modeling and the shading was so good that for a moment I thought it was a real studio.

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Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

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The new Unreal Engine 5 lets you import graphical assets of whatever quality and they get downgraded on the fly on the target platform, depending on its horsepower. Sony for sure with Resident Evil 8 is going to blow their minds, and a new market for premium content can appear.

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Rogue Initiative Unveils VR Title ‘Crowe: The Drowned Armory’

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The team is currently deep in development utilizing Unreal Engine 4 and excited to offer a closer look as we progress,” said Pete Blumel, co-founder and CEO of The Rogue Initiative. ‘We’re The new studio has revealed key art for its upcoming VR experience.

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Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List

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Some of the exhibitors who will present new devices and technologies to the public are 8th Wall, Nreal, Unity, Unreal Engine, Pico Interactive, Atheer, Holoptic, Varjo, Cleanbox Technology, LetinAR, and Vuzix.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Sony closes its game studio in Manchester. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony is closing its Manchester-based game studio, that it opened in 2015 to produce ‘AAA’ PSVR exclusives.

Powering The Next Generation Of Virtual Music Experiences

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For example, Sony Music is recruiting a team “dedicated to reimagining music through immersive media” that will leverage Sony Music’s catalog and impressive roster of artists to implement a new category of music experiences using the Unreal Engine.

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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Sony will give PS4 camera adapters for PS5 for free. Sony has answered this question in the weekend. My friend Nicolas Esposito of Enter Reality has released Project Rigel, his solution to provide full-body tracking and motion capture for Unreal Engine.

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Hellgate: London Is Getting A Surprise VR Prequel Game

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Footage of the game, seen below off-screen, was revealed at a Sony press conference last year. It’s built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine and, if these screenshots are anything to go by, it’s looking like it makes good use of it. Hellgate: London is almost literally back from hell, thanks to a reveal of an upcoming VR prequel to the long-forgotten game. Flagship Studios’ shooter MMO seemed lost to time, as least in the west, after it first released in 2007.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.11): new Quest is in the works, Magic Leap may pivot to healthcare, and more!

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Various months ago, Jason Rubin told the press that he was investigating an exchange of exclusive titles with Sony : his purpose was the one of bringing some of the best PSVR titles, like Resident Evil 7, to the Oculus Store. Unreal Engine 4.25

CES 2021 Goes Virtual

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Image courtesy Sony) Finally, while not exactly “consumer electronics”, Sony announced plans for a series of immersive, VR concerts this year, initially kicking off with a Madison Beer concert available later this year for Oculus, Playstation VR, and others. New Show, Who Dis?

12 Can’t Miss VR Talks You Have To See At GDC 2017

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These representatives of the best of both PC and mobile VR are bound to have a few answers, as will the makers on Unreal Engine 4. State Of Unreal: Epic Games’ Opening Session. You can expect big updates on Unreal Engine 4, a toolkit that has closely aligned itself with VR over the past few years, from Tim Sweeney, an industry legend that is placing big bets on the future of the technology. E3, Gamescom, TGS, PAX are all great shows for exhibiting VR content.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Also noteworthy: Final Cut Pro X will be able to support 360 video editing, Unity and Unreal now have VR support for Macs, and SteamVR is coming to Mac… and although there was a sweet on-stage mixed reality demo using Star Wars assets and an HTC Vive, there was no mention of support for Oculus. ARKit supports iOS 11 (coming this fall) and Unity, Unreal, Scenekit, and if you have an iPhone 5s or higher—you can get in on the action (plus a public beta is coming in June).

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Assembling a Billion Polygons in Real-Time, with Epic Games' Marc Petit

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With the next generation of Playstation set to hit shelves this holiday season, the big news in the gaming circuit is the revelation of Unreal Engine 5. Unreal Engine manager Marc Petit explains the many other use cases this technology promises.

How the Stock Market is Showing Faith in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)

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Google also offers ARCore , a developer tool for Android, iOS, Unreal, and Unity which help integrate AR elements into the real environment. One-year price performance for SNAP as of 2/3/20 Sony Corp.