New HTC Vive headset Pictures leaked: Fast, slim and modular

HTC New headset

HTC has been teasing a new VR headset for several weeks. YouTuber Brad Lynch claims to have obtained information on the design and technology.

Lynch obtained photographs of the VR headgear from industry insiders, notably those in the supply chain. Lynch had 3D artist Marcus Kane construct renderings of the gadget based on those pictures to protect the sources of the leak. Lynch has previously collaborated with Kane on his Quest Pro leaks. Kane had to take design liberties in several parts since the photographs released to Lynch did not show the headgear from all sides.

A Mix of Vive Flow and Vive Focus 3

HTC’s latest headset is yet to be named. Lynch refers to it as the HTC Vive “Flowcus” because it combines the HTC Vive Flow’s design and small form factor with the HTC Vive Focus 3’s technological capability (review).

The housing is visually similar to the Vive Flow and features pancake lenses, thus the headset itself is fairly small. Technically, the gadget is far more powerful: It functions totally autonomously, much as the Vive Focus 3.

As a portable PC, Vive Flow still required a smartphone. According to Lynch’s sources, the integrated SoC is “far quicker” than the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1, which is used in Meta Quest 2 and Vive Focus 3, among other games.

Lynch’s sources were unable to determine which chip it is. The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 is the most probable contender, and it is expected to be introduced tonight. It might provide up to three times the graphics performance of the previous generation CPU. According to Lynch, the HTC Vive “Flowcus” is a complete 6-DoF headset. As input devices, the Vive Focus 3 controllers are employed. Although Vive Flow had 6-DoF, it only had a 3-DoF smartphone controller.

Colour passthrough and diopter adjustment are now available in the new Vive headset

HTC’s latest headgear, like the Pico 4, includes four tracking cameras and an RGB sensor. colour passthrough is said to be available with the HTC Vive “Flowcus.” The VR headgear contains two integrated LC screens with 1,920 by 1,920-pixel resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120 hertz.

The HTC Vive “Flowcus” incorporates what is perhaps the nicest feature of the HTC Vive Flow: a visual acuity adjustment right on the lenses, allowing you to select your diopter number without the need for a headset or contact lenses. In contrast to the HTC Vive Flow, the lens

distance may be changed via a physical slider. A light shield may be attached to the enclosure for complete VR immersion.

The new HTC headset is compatible with both PC and USB-C connections

The modular design of the HTC Vive “Flowcus” is one of its most intriguing features: the back component of the head mount, which also houses the battery, can be replaced.

This enables the gadget to be utilised as very lightweight glasses for on-the-go use, with a USB-C connection connecting it to an external player (such as a smartphone or PC) (see cover picture). The temples may be folded down like genuine glasses in this “glasses mode.”

The audio is provided via inbuilt stereo speakers. Lynch The HTC Vive “Flowcus” also features a USB-C connector, according to Lynch. This might be for eye and facial tracking modules, similar to the Vive Focus 3, allowing the headset to be updated with hardware features in the future.

According to Lynch’s sources, the device will be released in early 2023 at a cost to customers. Since HTC is not known for subsidizing hardware, the headset will probably not be cheap anyway. According to Lynch’s insiders, the price will be less than $1,000. HTC could unveil the device in January at CES 2023. 

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Snap and Amazon partner on AR shopping in the Snapchat app, Initially for eyewear

Snapchat and amazon partnership

With the recent announcement that Amazon will now offer Snapchat users the chance to digitally try on eyewear designs from a variety of prominent brands,

Snap has gained a significant new partner for its augmented reality-powered Virtual Try-On purchasing experience. According to the store, the new relationship between Amazon Fashion and the social app maker would make labels such as Maui Jim, Persol, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Costa Del Mar, Others are offered to Snapchat’s 363 million daily active users for virtual try-ons. 

Hundreds of new Shopping Lenses will be made available as part of the launch, including sunglasses, reading glasses, and seasonal glasses.

The collaboration is one of several that have resulted from Snap’s investments in augmented reality shopping, where it has this year rolled out a number of upgrades to better appeal to retailers and brands, including the ability to update product information and pricing in real time, access better analytics, and create AR Shopping Lenses more easily, among other things. 

MAC Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, American Eagle, Puma, Chanel, Walmart, LVMH, eyeglasses manufacturers Goodr and Zenni Optical, and, most recently, costume firm Disguise have all used Snapchat’s AR Shopping Lenses. 

Snap claims that during the previous year, 250 million Snapchat users have used its AR Shopping Lenses more than 5 billion times and even we at Twin reality have collaboration with some of leading companies where we create mostly focus on creating AR/VR apps and virtual events for their business.

Amazon leveraged Snap’s self-service creation system in Lens Web Builder to construct the AR shopping experience, which enabled for scalable AR asset production utilising Amazon’s existing 3D models. 

Snap claims that if the pricing of Amazon items change or an item goes out of stock, the Lenses will be instantly updated in real time.

Snap has been attempting to improve its technology in the production of Shopping Lenses. It revamped its Lens Web Builder earlier this year, allowing bands to construct ecommerce Lenses in minutes. 

Snap stated in April that it will begin providing retailers with access to a new AR image-processing technology in its 3D asset management that would make building AR shopping experiences easier and faster. 

Snap said at the time that the method leverages AI and the brand’s own photography to convert regular photographs into AR assets.

Snapchat users may locate the new Lenses on the @amazonfashion public profile on the Snapchat app, Snap’s Lens Explorer, the new “Dress-Up” menu containing AR shopping experiences, and the Snap Camera Lens Carousel to access the new Amazon AR shopping feature. 

When consumers find a pair of glasses they like, they may purchase them by tapping on a link at the bottom of the screen. This takes users to the Amazon app on their phone,

Where they may complete their purchase. We believe Snap does not collect a commission on these purchases.

Amazon also mentions that Snapchat users may now browse thousands of eyeglasses goods in the Amazon Fashion “store” page on its profile, albeit these will not be AR-enabled. While the AR purchasing experience will begin with eyeglasses, it will just be the first of many Amazon AR shopping experiences on Snapchat. We understand that the cooperation will begin with eyeglasses and then expand into other categories in the coming months.

"With the combined ingenuity and technology of Snap and Amazon, we are unleashing fascinating and enjoyable new try-on experiences for hundreds of millions of Snap chatters," said Ben Schwerin, SVP of Partnerships at Snap, in a release. "

“AR eyewear is just the beginning of our cooperation,” he added, “and we can’t wait to keep creating together.”

Amazon has previously claimed that it has invested in augmented reality purchase experiences and sees Snap as an extension of those efforts.

“On a daily basis, millions of customers use Amazon’s AR buying technology in our stores, with Virtual Try-On for Eyewear being a long-time customer favourite,” said muge erdirik Dogan, president of Amazon Fashion.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Snapchat to broaden AR buying for both fashion businesses and today’s new generation of digital buyers.”

Amazon recently announced its own AR shopping expansion, with the June 2022 debut of a new virtual try-on experience for shoes, available to consumers in the United States and Canada via the Amazon iOS app.

App users may utilise the functionality to purchase shoes from companies such as New Balance, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Saucony, Lacoste, Asics, and Superga. Previously, Amazon had only dabbled in augmented reality purchasing, experimenting in areas such as AR for furniture shopping and sillier things such as AR Stickers or AR features on its seasonal delivery boxes.

However, it’s unclear whether AR is driving a significant rise in conversions through Amazon’s own efforts, as we’d presumably see more AR features if it was. 

That might be one of the reasons Amazon is seeking for an outside partner for AR shopping — one that appeals to a younger demographic more familiar with technology and eager to browse and purchase from a social media app and we at Twin reality are working on same concept where we create AR/VR apps for our customers and users where they can experience AR related stuffs.

According to US-based market research firm Future Market Insights, the global augmented reality for retail market is estimated to be worth around $2.36 Billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at an enormous CAGR of around 43% to 46% throughout the forecast period, totalling around $23.0 Billion by the end of 2032. Increased use of cutting-edge technologies such as augmented reality by retail enterprises such as specialised stores, malls, supermarkets, department stores, and others is driving market growth.

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XR News Round Up [31 Oct 2022]: Meta Quest 3 is coming

Quest 3

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL! Well, the previous month was very stressful for everyone, and guess what, we’re already in October. Just one more month, and we’ll be able to utilise Meta’s next-generation quest headset. Not only that, but there’s this VR/AR wristband called TapXR that transforms any surface into a keyboard. Isn’t that cool? Well, we’ve got even more exciting news heading your way………… Now, let’s kick off another dull month with a terrific news roundup.

1. Meta Confirms Next-gen Consumer Quest Headset Planned for 2023

Quest 3

Meta has discreetly stated that their second consumer-focused Quest headgear (presumably dubbed Quest 3) will be available in 2023.

Meta announced on Wednesday that the next consumer version of the Quest virtual reality headset will be available in 2023. In a press statement announcing its third-quarter financial results, Facebook acknowledged the scheduled rollout.

Meta claimed in a statement attributed to CFO David Wehner that Reality Labs hardware prices will rise in the coming months, “led by the introduction of our next iteration of our consumer Quest headset later next year.”

Meta’s Quest 2 was released in 2020 and has become quite popular. According to IDC, Meta held 90% of the market for VR headsets in the first quarter of 2022. Meta raised the price of the gadget earlier this year, despite no hardware advancements. Meta’s significant expenditures in the metaverse enable them to provide unique VR content and technology at reduced prices. Metaverse spending will continue to rise in 2023, according to Meta’s third- quarter report.

“We expect Reality Labs operational losses to rise significantly year over year in 2023,” Wehner said in a statement. Reality Labs is a Facebook business unit that specialises in augmented and virtual reality gear, software, and content.

Overall, Meta reported a 4% year-over-year decrease in revenue to $27.7 billion and a 49% decrease in earnings per share to $1.64. The number of daily active users on Meta’s products increased by 4%.

While the initial Quest and Quest 2 were released within a year of each other, it has already been more than two years since the release of Quest 2, and Meta has yet to openly announce the next consumer-focused Quest headset.

Meta today revealed intentions to introduce the “next version of our consumer Quest headset,” likely Quest 3, in 2023, only a day after launching the $1,500 Quest pro. During its Q3 2022 earnings call, Meta offered a brief statement with shareholders, stating that the impending headgear was a driver of Reality Labs’ rising operating expenditures.

2. VR Wine Tasting Experiment Lets Users Guess Aromas

VR wine Testing

Scent-based virtual reality technology is rapidly evolving.

A group of psychologists from Stockholm University has created technology that allows gamers to smell the virtual environment. The Nosewise Handheld Olfactometer (NHO), according to an article published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, may surreptitiously contain a range of liquid fragrances that can be activated at certain points throughout a VR encounter.

“Our olfactometer enables concealed (i.e., unknown to the user) odor-virtual object and context combinations, making it well suited to applications involving active sniffing and interrogation of objects in virtual space for recreational, scientific, or therapeutic functions,” the researchers write in their paper.

Unlike other fragrance-based VR gadgets, the NHO is meant to attach to the HTC Vive’s motion controller to “output perfume to the hand, coupling actual odours to a synthetic VR scene.” To showcase the technique, the researchers created a VR wine-tasting experience in which test subjects were asked to estimate different wines based on eight distinct fragrances. Participants were able to submit their replies through four virtual circles hovering above the table after releasing the odours by pulling the trigger on their HTC Vive controllers.

To avoid odour cross-contamination, engineers vented clean air through the gadget for 10 minutes before each session. The wine-tasting experience included four difficulty levels in all, with the greater the difficulty level indicating a more complicated odour blend. Eight distinct fragrances were presented to participants: clove, blackcurrant, raspberry, chocolate, pineapple, almond, grapefruit, and pear.

“We intend to design new, more natural interactions that may enrich human olfactory experience by inventing new technologies that enable enactive smelling while simultaneously articulating the potentials of scent training for recreational, scientific, or medicinal applications,” the researchers said.

3. Google Launches Blockchain Node for Web3 Scalability

Google blockchain

Google launched Blockchain Node Engine for its Cloud environment on Thursday. The new version of the company supports Web3 scalability by easing the self-distribution and self- management of decentralised data.

A blockchain node is a critical piece of infrastructure that records network transactions and data flows. Google Cloud’s Blockchain Node Engine provides a node-hosting service that relays transactions, deploys smart contracts, and publishes blockchain data to assist Web3 developers. A Web3 developer that uses Google’s solution receives access to the company’s dependability, performance, and security. The Ethereum blockchain has been integrated into Google Cloud’s Node Engine, allowing developers to establish and operate Ethereum nodes with secure blockchain access.

In addition, in early October, Google announced a cooperation with Coinbase Cloud to incorporate the former’s technology with Google Cloud’s decentralised architecture. This step further broadens and improves the interoperability of Google’s and Coin base’s blockchain marketplace reach.

The Advantages of Google Blockchain Node Engine

With its solution, Google provides developers with a simplified blockchain administration pipeline. For Web3 developers, deploying blockchain nodes is typically a time-consuming procedure that comprises providing a compute instance, installing a blockchain client, and synchronising nodes to the network.

Google’s engine accelerates this process by allowing developers to deploy nodes as a single operation, allowing them to select a preferred location or network for distribution. In addition, the service offers a variety of security setups to prevent unauthorised organisations from accessing blockchain nodes. To complement its privacy protections, Google Cloud employs a Virtual Private Cloud firewall mechanism, which only enables trusted computer devices to access client endpoints.

Blockchain developers, according to the company, may leverage its other security platforms, such as Cloud Armor, to boost privacy and minimise DDoS assaults. Google Cloud has a staff that monitors the blockchain platform and responds with outages. According to the company, its service level agreement (SLA) allows developers to prioritise consumers above infrastructure.

Web3 Scaling

The announcement comes as a number of corporations and technology organisations emphasis on supporting upcoming Web3 and blockchain infrastructures. Many industry professionals feel that Web3 and associated technologies have the potential to improve how people work and live.

Salesforce, for example, provided Cloud Pilot for long-term NFT minting and distribution for brands and marketers. The service reduces the barrier to entry for Web3 crypto and NFT

trading by allowing customers to engage with regular payment methods rather than a crypto wallet.

OpenSea, a very successful NFT marketplace, has ramped up NFT trading significantly by offering standard payment systems in April, allowing anybody to engage in Web3 economics. In September, OpenSea teamed with Warner Music Group to re-engage with its following. The platformO also has important collaborations with Web3 and Metaverse enterprises, such as STYLY, where the marketplace provides an easy entry point into the digital economy.

4. VR/AR wristband TapXR turns any surface into a keyboard

Tap XR

Tap Systems has spent years developing novel input devices that allow you to type even when you can’t see your hands in VR headsets. Tap your fingertips on any surface, and the system will turn the movement into text or other input. The technique might potentially be used to provide input to AR headsets.

Users had to wear five linked rings over their fingers for the “Tap” model, which was revealed in 2018. These were Bluetooth-enabled and linked to a receiver, which was subsequently connected to a smartphone or PC, for example. The new TapXR model of the finger keyboard requires simply a wristband, which connects with the corresponding device through Bluetooth.

Virtual reality keyboard wristband

The gadget detects finger motions without the need for personal calibration. The company claims that the recognition is 99 percent accurate. Buyers can begin immediately, but they must first learn the inputs. They touch their fingertips on a surface that looks like Morse code and creates printed text.

This works both on a table and on the user’s own arm or thigh. An inertial measuring unit (IMU) has six degrees of freedom of motion (6DOF). This enables the bracelet to work exactly in any situation, such as with the fingers against a wall.

“Users will now be able to type, pick menus, and engage more quickly, without weariness, and with tactile feedback,” stated Tap CEO Dovid Schick. This allows for a far larger use of XR in areas such as productivity, commerce, and the metaverse.”

According to the manufacturer, skilled users may achieve up to 70 words per minute even though the device only works one-handed. To be sure, a traditional two-handed keyboard is still speedier.

Suitable for VR, AR, and other applications

Tap Systems also shows two-dimensional application areas: A graphic designer uses a stylus to sketch on a tablet and taps additional commands on the tabletop with her fingers at her sides. The wristband works with any Bluetooth-enabled machine and is compatible with a wide range of operating systems, including Windows and Apple. Meta Quest, Windows Mixed Reality, Hololens, Magic Leap, Pico, HTC Vive, and Realwear are all compatible VR and AR systems. The manufacturer promises that the battery will last 10 hours or 14 days on standby.

The more advanced technology comes at a cost: whereas the predecessor cost $180, this time it will cost $299. Worldwide shipping is scheduled during the first quarter of 2023. There will be two sizes and six colours available.

Meta is also looking at the Metaverse wristband.

Meta is also working on a bracelet that can turn even little finger movements into inputs. However, acceleration and motion sensors are not being used. Instead, it use electromyography and machine learning to identify electrical muscle activity.

The less the hands and fingers have to move, the better the algorithm is taught. The technology then decodes the signals that are already present at the wrist and translates them into digital commands. Meta demonstrated the present status of their input wristband in an excellent video at Connect 2022.

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XR News Round Up [17 Oct 2022]: Meta Quest Pro Launched

We are already into 3rd week of October with the expectation that there would be interesting events to mention in our summary post. And we were not disappointed. In between all this interesting events we are also developing some great VR projects for clients.

So, let’s get straight to it while Meta and Microsoft Form Major Quest Pro Collaboration has been the big news of the week, 

Second, among us which became popular during Lockdown they have just announced that they are going to bring their game onto VR headsets and guess what Horizon Home finally added YouTube to their VR environment while moving onto gaming, 

Xbox revealed that Cloud Gaming Is Coming to Quest 2 VR Headsets so now users can access latest games on their headsets, and as is a tradition of this blog, 

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This month’s important news and events in the realm of augmented and virtual reality technology are as follows:

1. Meta Quest Pro Specifications, Price, and Release Date

Meta quest Pro

Here’s all you need to know about Meta’s latest VR headset, the Quest Pro:

1. The Specifications

The Quest Pro is a “high-end” gadget that supports both VR and mixed reality. The headgear is powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ architecture, which provides 50% more computing power than the Meta Quest 2 while also improving heat dissipation. Each headgear has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space.

Meta selected pancake optics over the Quest 2’s Fresnel lenses, allowing them to lower the optical module by 40% while delivering 37% more pixels per inch and 10% more pixels per degree than the Quest 2. The gadget has a horizontal field of vision of 106 degrees and a vertical field of view of 96 degrees, as well as a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz.

Two LCD panels with quantum dot technology provide sharp, vivid images that are enhanced by the company’s local dimming technology, which regulates 500 LED blocks to provide 75% greater contrast. As a result, the images are crisp and clear. The Quest Pro has 360-degree spatial audio, a built-in mic, and twin left/right 3.5mm headphone connectors for audio. A full charge provides around two hours of usage, depending on the material.

2. The Design

Unlike the Quest 2, the Quest Pro is more of a design and collaboration tool than a gaming device. The headgear is intended to boost your productivity through the use of virtual material while keeping you grounded in reality. As a result, the gadget has a one-of-a-kind open peripheral design that enables you to engage with virtual material while keeping aware of your actual surroundings. However, you may employ partial light filters to immerse yourself in some activities; however, more on that later.

As previously stated, Meta was able to shrink the optical module by 40% by using pancake optics. The Quest Pro has a curved-cell battery at the back, which results in improved weight distribution. A crank wheel on the rear of the headset allows you to quickly change the tension of the device, which is a significant improvement over the cloth straps on the Quest 2.

A continuous lens spacing adjustment mechanism lets you to change the gap between the lenses to your ideal inter-pupillary distance (IPD) of 55mm to 75mm, which is a broader range than the Quest 2. The auto-adjustment software, which alerts you if you’re wearing the gadget improperly, is pretty cool. The Quest Pro weighs around 1.59 pounds, which is significantly heavier than the Quest 2.

3. The Perplexing Reality

The Quest Pro, in addition to VR, can give 3D mixed reality experiences owing to full-color stereoscopic Passthrough technology. High-resolution outward-facing cameras triangulate your location and scan your surroundings in real time, letting you to “see” the actual world in breath taking detail. The Quest Pro’s cameras have four times the pixels of the Quest 2, and the difference is evident. The images are so good that you can read text while wearing the headset.

Developers may create compelling mixed reality experiences that integrate virtual information with the real world using the company’s Presence Platform. This may be anything from a virtual office with many displays to a next-generation art studio where you can hang virtual artwork throughout your physical room.

Scene understanding and Shared Spatial Anchors enable people to collaborate in a shared location at the same time. You may even place virtual things in real-world locations and return to them later.

4. The Controller

A new set of self-tracking controllers is included with the Quest Pro. Unlike the Quest 2 Touch controllers, which rely on the headset’s sensors to work, each Touch Pro controller has three built-in sensors that detect their locations in 3D space.

In addition, the Touch Pro controllers include a redesigned ergonomic design and enhanced haptics powered by the TruTouch Haptics engine. A rechargeable battery system eliminates the need for throwaway batteries. Each headset includes a charging station and a 45W USB-C power converter, but more on that later.

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the Touch Pro controllers are sold separately and work with the Meta Quest 2. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing the Quest Pro, you can still use the additional controllers to augment your current setup. The Touch Pro controllers will be available for $299 later this year.

5. Eye and Face Tracking

The Quest Pro, as previously mentioned, has eye tracking and Natural Facial Expressions, allowing the firm to do some really creative things with avatars. The headset records the movement of your pupils as well as any small facial emotions after calibrating your face in the settings to give more genuine interactions.

This technology may also be utilised for menu navigation and system optimization using a method known as foveated rendering. In a recent demo, I tried out a novel programme that let me control the face of a bizarre alien avatar. Despite the fact that it was a simple tech demo, I was completely enthralled by the experience. Both eye and facial tracking will be disabled by default; you must enable them explicitly in your settings. Images of your eyes and face, according to Meta, are erased after processing and are never shared with the firm or any outside groups.

6. The Apps and Games

The Quest Pro supports both virtual reality and mixed reality material, so there’s something for everyone. I was able to experience a limited selection of new and old games made even better by the Quest Pro’s mixed reality features during a hands-on session with the headset. Tribe XR, a VR DJ software available now on Quest and PC VR headsets, was one of my favourites. During my brief demonstration, I digitally connected with a professional instructor who led me through the intricacies of beatmatching. Wooorld, a GeoGuessr-style game that allowed me to tour renowned cities throughout the world in mixed reality, was another game I loved.

Then there was Painting VR, a virtual reality art tool that let me make my own virtual art and hang it about my real-world area. And, because to the previously stated Spatial Anchors, my work stayed permanently placed in my physical area even after I closed the app, allowing other visitors to add to the virtual gallery throughout the day. We’ll discuss about content in greater detail later. The Quest Pro, according to Meta, is compatible with all Quest 2 games and apps. Link and Air Link can also be used to view PC VR content.

7. The Accessories

The Quest Pro will come with a slew of cool extras right out of the gate. Each headset has a number of handy add-ons meant to improve your experience. Partially opaque light blockers, a specialised charging station, and a 5W USB-C power converter are included. A new pen device that can be affixed to the bottom of the Touch Pro controller for more realistic sketching and writing in VR is now available. This is especially beneficial while working in Meta’s own VR coworking platform, Horizon Workrooms.

In addition to the accessories included with the Quest Pro, the business will sell a number of premium accessories for a fee.

2.Among Us Will Be Available on VR Headsets Next Month

Meta Connect 2022 was jam-packed with intriguing news. Among Us VR, a VR adaption of the popular multiplayer deduction game from Robot Teddy, Schell Games, and Innersloth, now has an official release date.

Some lucky people were able to join up for early gameplay with their beta back in August, leaving us slowpokes out in the cold. Now we can all play when the game is released next month for $9.99 on Steam, Meta Quest, and Rift. To add to the excitement, you can now pre-order the game on the As a pre-order bonus, purchase a Mini Crewmate hat from the Meta Quest shop.

“We can’t wait to hear how family and friends band together and betray each other as they perform duties onboard the Skeld II,” stated Victoria Tran, Community Director for Innersloth, in an official news release. “The VR version of Among Us stays faithful to the essence of the original game while also introducing new ways for players to experience the turmoil and pleasure of accusing your friends of murder!”

Among Us VR will have the following features when it launches:

In-game chat: Use in-game voice chat (with proximity chat) or rapid text chat to communicate. Minigames: Play classic favourites as well as new-for-VR titles.
Customization: Choose the colour and cap of the Crewmate.
Options for comfort and safety: Adjust the parameters for the best possible experience.

VR on several platforms: Play with Crewmates on many VR platforms at launch, including Meta Quest, Rift, and Steam.

Choose between single-handed and two-handed movement.

Among Us: Localization English, French, Italian, German, Spanish (LATAM), Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, and Korean are among the eight languages supported by VR.

Achievements: Completing unique tasks will get you exceptional accomplishments.

“We’ve worked on a variety of projects, but collaborating with Innersloth and Robot Teddy to bring Among Us on VR platforms was really rewarding,” said Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell. “Together, we built something that will please the current Among Us community, attract new fans who will experience Among Us in a headset for the first time, or convince fans of the original game to explore VR for the first time.” “Let the emergency meetings begin!”

Ranjani Natarajan, Robot Teddy’s Director, was ecstatic about bringing this beloved title to VR. Among Us was a game that brought together communities and total strangers at a collectively uncommon and painful moment, and Among Us VR allows players to embody that same intensity and vitality. “Who doesn’t want to spend the holidays in virtual reality roleplaying humour, intrigue, and some deliciouss backstabbing?”

3.Meta and Microsoft Form Major Quest Pro Collaboration

Meta Platforms has announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft Teams to incorporate Microsoft Teams on the company’s newest gadget, the Meta Quest Pro, during the Meta Connect 2022 event on Tuesday.

At the enormous event, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Meta Platforms, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, revealed the strategic agreement that corporate customers of the new headgear will be able to access Microsoft Teams in mixed reality (MR).

In his address, Nadella stated,

“We’re taking steps to guarantee that our software can benefit people on all of their preferred devices.” That is why I am so excited about what we are introducing today, and how we are combining the strength of several of our most popular productivity tools for the VR devices you are releasing.”

Teams, one of the market’s most prevalent tools for work productivity to date, provided a platform for chatting, collaborating, and doing business with others, according to Nadella, who added that Microsoft had launched the “once in a lifetime” change by opening it in a fresh, immersive format for the Quest Pro.

Microsoft 365 Comes to VR

Nadella went on to say that Microsoft will boost productivity in VR by introducing Office 365 to Meta Quest headsets, allowing users to access all of their most often used programmes including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and many more.

The inclusion would also let users to move settings, files, and other functionality to their headsets via full Office 365 streaming over the immersive gear.

Microsoft-Meta Gaming Store?

Nadella made the final announcement, explaining how the Meta Quest Store will also use Microsoft’s XCloud gaming technology. Following its historic $68.7 billion USD acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this year, Microsoft’s current gaming shop just saw a huge shift in accessible titles.

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“You’ll be able to play 2D games with your XBOX controller projected on a large screen on the Quest,” he said. We’re still in the early stages, but we’re thrilled about what’s to come. Who knows, maybe the next time we chat we’ll be playing VR Flight Simulator.”

Industry Reactions to the Meta-Microsoft Partnership

Bola Rotibi, CCS’s Chief of Enterprise Research, termed Meta’s relationship with Microsoft “hugely significant.” The agreement, according to CCS, will serve as a “catalyst for many firms to dip a toe in the water on how [VR/AR] technology might be employed in everyday business.”

“These developments underscore Zuckerberg’s commitment to make the metaverse a respectable realm for the enterprise,” she continued. Given that most people associate virtual reality with gaming and consumer applications, it’s an important next step.” The Meta Quest Pro’s full-color MR was a “big leap forward,” with the potential to boost inclusivity for the user experience and open doors to “a wide range of new [AR] use cases and applications.”

She went on to say that using user-facing sensors to make avatars more lifelike was also a “important step.” A realistic nonverbal communication system, such as blinking and brow movement, would also “provide a more engaging experience.”

In conclusion, she stated that the Quest device platform and integration approach was “geared at attracting additional application developers.”

She praised the decision as “wise” for creating opportunities for a “broader variety of use cases” to push VR adoption. Cost-effective, flexible pricing schemes, as well as “the intuitiveness of its use and security,” will be “critical” to Quest devices’ long-term success. such enhancements were noted as issues in the CCS Insight Senior Leaders IT Investment report, which outlined “barriers to deploying XR solutions and systems inside the workplace,” according to her.

Many prominent members of the Menlo Park-based firm’s team attended the Meta Connect 2022, including Zuckerberg, Microsoft Project Manager Josh Sachs, John Carmack, Meta’s Consulting CTO for Reality Labs, and many more, to outline the Metaverse’s vision and announce new products.

4.Horizon Home will (finally) have YouTube. Making it More Convenient to Watch with Friends

Quest users will soon be able to watch YouTube material inside Horizon Home, the first-party social VR environment that is finally making it easier to hang out in VR with pals, according to Meta. Meta is moving slowly… excruciatingly slowly… developing up the main social capabilities of its Quest series of headsets, which debuted in 2019.

Horizon Home only recently began enabling users to invite their friends inside the home zone. While you may view films together there, what you’ll find is a difficult-to-navigate scattering of flat and VR- specific content hosted by Meta And, while there is some good content to be found there, there’s no doubting that YouTube is the main destination for independent online video content… especially anything that’s short and approachable enough to share with friends while sitting on the sofa.

It’s already theoretically viable to watch YouTube in VR with pals in a variety of ways. However, they all need users to download a new app and, in many cases, create new avatars or utilise another friends list or method of joining… Not the easy, smooth experience one would expect.

But, finally… Meta claims it will deliver the massive wealth of YouTube material directly inside Horizon Home. That means that all you have to do to watch with your friends is send them an invite and then press the play button. It’s already theoretically viable to watch YouTube in VR with pals in a variety of ways. However, they all need users to download a new app and, in many cases, create new avatars or utilise another friends list or method of joining… Not the easy, smooth experience one would expect.

But, finally… Meta claims it will deliver the massive wealth of YouTube material directly inside Horizon Home. That means that all you have to do to watch with your friends is send them an invite and then press the play button. It’s unclear when the YouTube VR functionality will be available in Horizon Home on Quest, but if we’re lucky, we could see it before the end of the year.

5.Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Coming To Quest 2 VR Headsets

In the future, your VR headset will be able to access a large archive of console games.

There was no shortage of important announcements at Meta Connect 2022. We not only got our first official glimpse at the much-anticipated Meta Quest Pro, but we also heard about many new titles coming to Quest 2 and Quest Pro VR headsets, including Marvel’s Iron Man VR and I Expect You To Die: Home Sweet Home.

The unveiling of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) for the Meta Quest platform was equally thrilling. You’ll be able to connect an Xbox controller to your Quest headset in the future and play cloud-compatible titles from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate catalogue in VR on a huge screen. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the announcement at Connect.

In an official statement, the firm stated, “We’re teaming with Microsoft to offer Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) to the Meta Quest Store in the future.” “We are not announcing a release date for Xbox Cloud Gaming on the Quest Store, but we will provide additional information as soon as feasible.”

There is no news on when this functionality will be released. Having said that, I’m looking forward to the day. The ability to effortlessly access cloud-compatible Xbox Titles Pass games with only a Quest headset, Xbox controller, and a stable internet connection may make the Quest an even more appealing option for those selecting which system to spend their money on.

XR News Round Up[10.10.2022] HTC Teases New VR Headset, Leaked Meta Pro Headset in action

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We started October with the expectation that there would be interesting events to mention in our summary post. And we were not disappointed. So begin, what can we expect from the next Meta Connect?

Second, big developments happened at one of the world’s leading AR/VR companies, HTC, where they teased their next VR headset ahead of Meta Connect. 

While some of these changes will annoy some of the company’s customers, others are expected to improve how users engage with AR/VR apps and games. 

The application of augmented and virtual reality technology is increasing in a variety of fields. Moving on to gaming, Quest Pro Leak Shows Meta’s Next-gen Headset in Action, which has been significantly upgraded.

The following are this month’s major news and events in the field of augmented and virtual reality technologies:

Topics Covered in this RoundUp:

HTC new VR headset teaser

1.HTC Teases Next VR Headset Ahead of Meta Connect, Claiming It Will Be Small

HTC today announced the company’s future VR headset, which the Vive developer claims would be “something large… we mean little.” For the time being, all we have is a tweet that displays a portion of the headgear in question with the caption “Go tiny or go home.” There is no name, no price, and no release date. Bupkis.

Is it a representation of a pancake lens, which several VR headset manufacturers, including Meta and Lenovo, are now utilising in favour of classic Fresnel lenses to reduce overall bulk? HTC’s Vive Flow casual VR content device already makes use of one.

Is it an external view of a face plate, maybe to resemble a pair of sunglasses like… well… Vive Flow? At this point, your guess is as good as ours. Turning up the contrast on the image shows one thing for certain: a witty message complimenting us on our inability to decipher more important information. And, although we’re still expecting for anything from HTC that would provide Meta true consumer competition, the focus on the headset’s size as the key selling feature might indicate to the arrival of another casual VR watching device like Flow.

In any event, the business claims to have learnt from prior missteps and is “putting those learnings into this headset.” It’s also rather good timing, given Meta’s yearly Connect developer conference is just a few days away, and this year will almost certainly witness the launch of the heavily-leaked Quest Pro (formerly Project Cambria).

Vive Flow was widely panned for failing to provide a more practical experience than first- generation mobile VR devices like Gear VR, Oculus Go, or Google Daydream. It also requires an external power source to operate, which is preferable to having a front-heavy headset but is still a worry for some owners. Perhaps the Taiwanese maker is aiming for a true standalone format this time?

HTC has been known to conduct repeated headset reveals in the past, so we’ll be keeping an eye on the firm’s Twitter account in the meanwhile to see what the business has in store.

Will HTC include any further features?

The emphasis on the headset’s size as a significant selling point may lead to the release of another casual VR viewing device, such as Flow. Despite the fact that we are still waiting for HTC to release something that provides genuine consumer competition to Meta.

In any case, the company claims to have “integrated those learnings into this headset” after “learning from those missteps in the past.” It’s also a good time because of Meta’s annual Connect developer conference, which will most likely see the formal introduction of the widely rumoured Quest Pro this year (formerly Project Cambria).

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2.Alleged Quest Pro Leak Shows Meta’s Next-gen Headset in Action

Immersed, a firm renowned for its work-focused productivity software for VR, may have gotten ahead of Meta’s planned Project Cambria mixed reality headgear (aka ‘Quest Pro’).

The video, which was discovered in a business website, purports to show the Immersed software in action on the unannounced Quest Pro, utilising its hand tracking and mixed reality features. Although Meta has not publicly acknowledged the Quest Pro naming scheme, an alleged unauthorised unboxing of the headset last month revealed the alleged unit’s exterior in full replete with Quest Pro branding—basically unveiling it well ahead of Meta’s upcoming Connect developer conference on October 11th.

If there was any doubt, here are still shots from the video (left) and the illegal Quest Pro unpacking (right). The only noticeable variation between the two is the addition of a light- blocking facial interface in Immersed’s shot, which may be included in the box or as an optional extra for enhanced immersion.

We’ll undoubtedly hear more than however it seems quite probable that we’ll not only see a lot of the next-gen standalone at Connect, but also an opportunity to pay for the obviously costly headset, which is supposed to be priced “substantially” higher than $800. In late August, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that the company’s “next product [is] coming out in October,” which might imply that an official pre- order announcement will follow.

And it doesn’t stop there. While readers should take this with a grain of salt, a cheaper Meta Quest 3 is expected to follow Quest Pro at some point next year, featuring the latter’s full- colour AR passthrough and depth sensor but lacking Quest Pro’s face and eye-tracking functionality.

3.Google Ventures invests $12 million in SideQuest to build the XR Ecosystem's main content hub.

SideQuest, the sideloading programme and unofficial app store for Meta’s Quest and Quest 2, announced a $12 million Series A investment sponsored this time by Google Ventures (GV) SideQuest, founded in 2019 by Orla and Shane Harris of Belfast, has effectively become the de facto unauthorised app store, as well as the major sideloading platform for Quest and Quest 2.

SideQuest has generally avoided Meta’s attention by not directly competing with Meta by charging for material that is already accessible on the official Meta Store or its early access content outlet App Lab; it mostly serves as a centre for listing everything and anything. M.G. Siegler of Google GV will join the company’s board, as first reported by Tech Crunch. Siegler has sponsored a number of early-stage firms as a GV general partner, including Anchor (bought by Spotify), CTRL-Labs (acquired by Meta), Matter, Slack, Stripe, the Skimm, and Universe.

Shane Harris, co-founder of SideQuest, tells Tech Crunch that the initiative has provided “a significant lot of value to their headset,” but that there are no intentions to monetise on the Quest platform in order to avoid competing with them. Still, the corporation does not want to take a back seat as the ecosystem matures. SideQuest hopes to become “a primary hub and software layer for the larger XR ecosystem,” according to Siegler in a GV blog post.

“SideQuest’s ultimate aim stretches far beyond these early days,” Siegler writes, “but is based on development on top of Open XR, an open, royalty-free API standard that provides engines with native access to a range of devices in the mixed reality area.” “And the business has collaborated with companies like Meta on initiatives like App Lab for Oculus Quest headsets.”

SideQuest tells Tech Crunch that they’re exploring for methods to monetize that don’t immediately impact Meta’s bottom line, such as providing more developer tools and even establishing a publishing fund to financially support popular projects, thereby turning SideQuest into a VR game publisher. SideQuest has previously received money from venture capital firms and individuals including Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey, Boost VC, and Connect Ventures.

SideQuest plans to double or triple its staff with the $12 million investment, bringing additional three to six employees to the project. According to Crunchbase records, Google’s investment is the highest single investment in the firm, increasing SideQuest’s total outside investment to $15.6 million.

Meta Connect 2022 is only a few days away, and anticipation is high. This year’s event, according to Meta, will concentrate on the company’s XR aspirations and how inclusion through user experiences and avatars will play a significant part in the future. Meta Connect 2022 will have three major speakers for the Developer State of the Union, 30 various developer workshops, and an unscripted chat with John Carmack about the future of technology, in addition to a keynote delivered by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Melinda Davenport, Director of Internal Communications for Meta, and well-known Instagrammer Karen X Cheng, who has been recognised Inc 30 and Adweek’s Creative 100 for her work in AI and AR, will host the annual event this year.

To assist you in planning the perfect event, Meta has compiled a list of some of the must- see sessions that will be presented at Connect 2022.

1. Developer State of the Union

Anand Dass, Chris Pruett, and Yardley Pohl will discuss the most recent innovations in Meta’s VR ecosystem, as well as how they might assist you in building and managing your business. They’ll also go through the many tools and applications Reality Labs has to offer to assist you incorporate those ideas into your workflow with the least amount of interruption.

2. Carmack Unscripted

Whatever you decide. This is not to be missed. John Carmack, CTO of Reality Labs Consulting, will take the stage for an unedited, unscripted chat about technology. Carmack joined Oculus in 2013 and collaborated with Palmer Luckey on the development and deployment of the first Oculus Rift.

In 2019, he resigned as CTO, stating, “I’m going to focus on artificial general intelligence” (AGI). I believe it is doable, really beneficial, and that I have a good opportunity of making a difference there. So, according to Pascal’s Mugging reasoning, I should be working on it. For the time being, I’m going to approach it in “Victorian Gentleman Scientist” fashion, conducting my research from home and enlisting my son’s help.”

3. Building Bridges to the Metaverse Alex Hopmann, a software engineer at Meta Software, and Andy Shenton, the head of studio at Unit 2 Games, will discuss how you can develop appealing and meaningful links between the user-generated content production platforms Horizon Worlds and Crayta in this lecture

4. Designing VR for Women Ellen Utrecht, creator of Mike Teevee, Richard Duck, Meta Content Launch Manager, and Ting Wang, head of shared production at Resolution Games, will examine which features and systems best engage and keep female-identifying consumers across a number of genres. They’ll also be speaking with the creators of Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pig, The Last Clock winder, and The Shores of Loci.

5. Growing Communities in VR with Integrity and Trust

John Connell, Modulate’s head of business development, will be joined in this session by Web Purify Founder Joshua Buxbaum, Meta Games Producer Mari Kyle, and Hive Sales and Business Development Director Simon Lebsekal to discuss how VR creators can establish and manage vibrant online communities.

6. Inclusive Design and Building for Diverse Audiences Attendees will leave with a better grasp of how to create inclusive apps and how to leverage user feedback to enhance their games. Mari Kyle, a Meta Games producer, will discuss the numerous aspects that go into making a game more accessible to varied audiences. Tom Ivey, Resident Evil 4’s Executive Producer, will also join the discussion to discuss the different mechanics and features aimed to make the game more accessible.

7. The Creator Journey—Bridging to the Metaverse Chris Barbour, Meta Director of AR Partnerships, will present participants to several skills they may learn to build their business while continuing to develop their technical expertise. In addition, Metaverse Artist Denis Rossiev, Dude Studios Tech Artist and Founder Eugene Soh, VMLY&R Spatial Designer, Speaker, and AR Consultant Luke Hurd, and Seeds Creative Director Mitsuko Ono will be in attendance to contribute to the conversation.

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