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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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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Powering The Next Generation Of Virtual Music Experiences


The recent in-game Fortnite concert by Travis Scott, tied to a digital only revenue stream for music labels and artists as live concerts and festivals are put on hold for 2020, is turning the music industry’s eye towards the potential of virtual concerts. The 500 most active avatars were automatically picked to the virtual Senate Square, where the band could see them. 5G and virtual music concerts. The virtual world is full of opportunity.

Editorial: Beat Saber Acquisition Begins Facebook’s Push Toward Horizon


It is very likely the company can acquire some of the best VR developers in the world, and their products, just by offering a ridiculous amount of Facebook stock which can be sold after a few years of service to Mark Zuckerberg’s machine. Facebook owning something like Unity or Unreal Engine, for instance, would give the ad-serving giant world-building tools that the creators who develop virtual worlds couldn’t ignore.

Assembling a Billion Polygons in Real-Time, with Epic Game’s Marc Petit

XR for Business Podcast

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. Today, we're speaking with Marc Petit, general manager of Unreal Engine at Epic Games. And of course, what's coming up with Unreal Engine 5? I mean, a game is everything about a simulated world and a story mixed together.

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

The Ghost Howls

Well, it is not a problem of virtual reality, but of the whole tech sector , that has seen its investments decreasing a lot in 2020. The future of world scanning has just begun. The more we go on, the more we have tools to scan our environments, and in the future, scanning real worlds and entering their digitized copies (maybe modified) will be normal like sending a Whatsapp message. Unreal Engine 4.25 CTRL+C in the real world, CTRL+V in the virtual one.

Jules Urbach’s Quest To Realize Star Trek’s Holodeck


Facebook, Sony, Valve, Samsung and HTC all bet on games. The gamble was that people who love video games and spend much of their free time using flat screens to immerse themselves in virtual worlds would be the first to seek out this technology. Parallel to this evolution, sandbox video games started to emerge offering large 3D worlds for players to shape and explore. For professionals, in recent years world engines gained popularity.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere


For example, Facebook shipped Oculus Go in the United States and elsewhere around the world as the identical Mi VR standalone from manufacturing partner Xiaomi shipped in China without the Oculus Store. This meant that in 2018 many innovative VR developers were gagged by non-disclosure agreements, acquisitions (like Microsoft or EA ) and marketing timelines from funding partners like Facebook or Sony. But having a bad economic system can definitely ruin a world.

New Motion Tracking Enables 50×50 Meter VR Spaces


We received word from WorldViz that they are putting the finishing touches on a Virtual Reality expansion for their PPT (Precision Position Tracking) system. Just in time for E3 2016, WorldViz will bring support for Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 on most popular devices such as Google Daydream VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and Sony PlayStation VR. With Virtual Reality – the need for three-dimensional controllers is greater than ever.

Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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In his 1984 classic Neuromancer, characters entered a virtual reality world called “the matrix” (inspiration for the 1999 film of the same name by the Wachowskis). In Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash of 1992, the internet has been superseded by the Metaverse, a multi-person shared virtual reality with both human-controlled avatars and system “daemons”. What virtual avatars, creatures, information layers or interactive components are here.