Microsoft Throws Its (HMD) in the Ring
Microsoft announced last week that they were partnering with several PC manufacturers to release $299 VR headsets featuring inside out position tracking borrowed from Hololens. The company is focusing on creative professionals with its forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which will include new 3D content creation tools in Microsoft Paint and support for the Windows Holographic VR shell. More details about the headsets will be coming in December. Microsoft says their HMD will run on a $500 PC.
Microsoft also brought VR support to Windows Phone.
Unite LA Brings Good Tidings for VR Devs
At their Unite LA 2016 event, Unity announced that their in-VR editing tools would be available for the public to play with beginning next month. Timoni West demonstrated the latest iteration by decorating the fire tower from Firewatch.
Of more immediate use to VR developers, they have released the post processing effects pipeline from their visually stunning Adam demo on Github.
Playful, developer of Lucky’s Tale, was on hand to demonstrate the new progressive lightmapper coming soon to Unity, a feature which long-suffering developers have been salivating for, ever since it was first teased a year ago. Unfortunately, Unity still would not commit to a release date for it.
OTOY demonstrated Octane Render 3 integrated into Unity and announced that all versions of Unity including Unity Free will include an Octane Render license. Capable of rendering stereoscopic panoramas and light fields, it could potentially be a great way to create high quality 360 video output from desktop-based interactive experiences for playback on mobile devices.
Unity announced that they have hired Tony Parisi as their new head of VR and AR.
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Oculus announced that Dead and Buried, a western ghost-themed multiplayer shooting gallery, would be included for free with Oculus Touch controllers. The window for pre-orders to maintain their reserved place in the shipping queue has closed and shipping estimates on new orders have slipped to Dec 13-21. Extra sensors for setting up a room scale system with Touch became available for pre-order on Halloween.