On November 15th, SteamVR will open up support for Windows MR headsets which will enable a large amount of content to be available. The good part of about Windows MR is that they are specing a lower min requirement for PC’s compared to Oculus Rift and Vive with the goal of helping to drive adoption.
If you’re wondering if you’re PC is up to snuff, here’s a link to Microsoft’s page with info and a program for checking your computers compatibility:
Being a start up in the VR space is tough enough. It was announced that AltspaceVR was shutting down which is tough to see. That being said, there is parallel thread on Reddit discussing that they seemed to have been also been under pressure for patent infringement on patent US6409599 and being litigated from a company known to be a patent troll. Why this is troubling is because in this early stage of VR ecosystem development, patent trolls can seriously hinder adoption and innovation as we go forward. The US patent system definitely has holes that allow it to be twisted and used in ways counter to it’s goals of protecting and fostering innovation. Very unfortunate indeed.
Update 8/10/17: this patent issue was not related to the reasons for AltspaceVR’s shutdown. Here’s a subsequent talk from one of the founders about more details on what happened: https://youtu.be/5k1u8319TWg
Link to high level description of the patent under question: https://www.google.com/patents/US6409599
Looking to upgrade your GPU to get better performance for your VR PC? Here’s a handy reference to two sites which compare different manufacturer’s cards for the GTX1080 and GTX1080Ti.
Very useful when shopping since it lists out information such as the default clock speed, cooling system, physical dimensions and type of power connector on card to make sure it will work with your PC. The links compare models from Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac and more.
GeForce GTX 1080 comparison chart
GeForce GTX 1080Ti comparison chart
Mira designed AR mobile glasses that were created from the outset to be lightweight, minimalist, and low-cost. Today, the company is unveiling its Prism glasses, which you can preorder for $100.
Read more: https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/18/mira-unveils-lightweight-augmented-reality-glasses-for-100/
Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/18/15948700/mira-prism-iphone-augmented-reality-headset-hands-on-announce
Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. previewed its virtual reality games, including “Mario Kart Arcade,” as it prepares to launch a VR-dedicated arcade in Shinjuku in July 2017.