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 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.

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 Takes Minority Stake In Epic Games With $250M Investment

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Today Sony announced a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic Games to take a minority stake in the company. Epic Games is responsible for the Unreal Engine, Fortnite, Epic Games Store, and more.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

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Image by Sony). Sony officially states it is going to launch the PSVR 2. PlayStation VR has been the most successful headset until now (if we exclude the crappy mobile viewers), but now it is pretty dated and people were wondering what Sony was going to do. Header image by Sony).

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

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In a recent Corporate Strategy Meeting (covered by popular Twitter news accounts Daniel Ahmad and Nibel ), Sony said it plans “to introduce a compelling lineup of titles” for PS5 “soon.” 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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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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Tim Sweeney: PS5’s Storage System ‘Absolutely World-Class’, ‘Better Than High-End PC’

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Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney has high praise for PS5’s storage system following today’s reveal of a stunning Unreal Engine 5 demo. “Sony’s storage system is absolutely world-class,” Sweeney said.

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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 Is Still Recruiting For An AAA PSVR Game From A New Studio

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Much of Sony’s 2019 PSVR line-up remains a mystery. Sony established this studio all the way back in 2015 when PSVR was still known as Project Morpheus. Of course, Sony already has a VR developer in London. We asked Sony if there might be any overlap between the two teams, but have yet to hear back at the time of writing. Elsewhere, multiple listings ask for experience developing with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. PSVR Sony VR Industry News AAA VR Gam

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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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New 4K ‘Spatial Reality Display’ From Sony Has Glasses-Free 3D

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The ELF-SR1 is a new ‘Spatial Reality Display’ from Sony that features a 4K screen and glasses-free volumetric 3D targeting professional users. Sony expects that film previsualization will be a major use of the technology in the future.

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Epic Offered To Make A VR Game For New PS5 Headset In Cross-Play Dispute – Report

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Fortnite developer Epic Games offered to make a new game for the launch of Sony’s PS5 VR headset in a bid to enable cross-play, according to a recent report. But, interestingly, he also floats the idea of a new game for the launch of Sony’s then-unannounced PS5 VR headset.

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PS5 Reveal: 5 (Realistic) Things We Want From PSVR

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We’re still waiting on a rescheduled date for Sony’s PS5 reveal, originally set for last Thursday. Sony promised new game reveals for its digital event, though we’re not likely to learn every detail about the console itself.

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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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Oculus Link Update, UE5 VR & A New YouTube Channel! ? VRecap

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Oh man, did you get an eyeful of the Unreal Engine 5 next-gen tech demo ? Editorial: To Keep Up, Sony Must Prepare To Release More Than One PSVR Next-Gen. VRecap Oculus Link top stories Unreal Engine 5 VR vr game trailers & clips VR releases

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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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Watch First Ever Solaris: Offworld Combat Gameplay Here

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This will be a very fast-paced experience with quick respawns, guns laying around arenas for quick picking up similar to old-school shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament, and should be a great option for easy and quick pick-up and play action.

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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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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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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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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.

‘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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Report: PS5 Event Tentatively Scheduled For June 3

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It sounds like new official details about Sony’s PS5 console could be revealed as early as next week. Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is planning to host an event for the anticipated next-generation console on June 3. Sony is prototyping such a device, however.

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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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Boeing Is Using Varjo Headsets To Train Astronauts For Its Starliner Spacecraft

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Companies like Facebook and Sony design hardware for a consumer market, but Varjo doesn’t have this restriction. Engineers in Australia recreated the Starliner in Unreal Engine, and this was then integrated in the Houston training center.

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!

Infinity Film Festival Will Feature VR, AR

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The Infinity Film Festival in Beverly Hills, presented by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, is set to take place this November 1 – 4, 2018. Epic will also host the IFF Tech Lab with Unreal Engine training for film and virtual production. Joanne Kim, VP & Head of Production/Post Production, Legendary Pictures; Poppy Crum, Chief Scientist, Dolby; and Spencer Stephens, Principle, techXmedia and former CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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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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.

Facebook Cancels F8, Unity and Epic Pull Out From GDC Over Coronavirus

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Earlier Facebook, Sony and a growing list of developers cancelled plans to attend. — Unreal Engine (@UnrealEngine) February 27, 2020.

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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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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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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?