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Oculus Link Now Works With Almost Any USB Cable- Including The One In the Box

Quest comes with a 3 meter USB cable in the box. But it’s a USB 2.0 cable that couldn’t previously be used for Link.

The latest Oculus PC software beta update allows Oculus Link to work with many USB 2.0 cables- including the one in the box.

Oculus Quest was released almost one year ago as an Android-based “VR console”. In November the Oculus Link software update was released, allowing Quest to also work as a PC headset via some USB 3.0 cables.

Facebook sells an official Oculus Link Cable for $79. This fiber optic USB 3.0 cable is 5 meters long and relatively lightweight.

You can read more about the latest update, here (via UploadVR).

Why did Apple buy NextVR?

Virtual reality may be a safer place for Apple to invest in the meantime.

After plenty of talk about AR as the next computing platform, Apple may have more interest in virtual reality than they’ve previously forecasted.

Following an April report from 9to5mac, Apple have confirmed to Bloomberg the acquisition of VR broadcasting startup NextVR. A note on NextVR’s website now highlights that the company is “moving in a new direction.”

At face value, this acquisition seems a little strange for Apple. Apple has been pushing full throttle on mobile AR, largely eschewing public activity or interest in the VR world, leaving that domain wholly in Facebook’s hands.

You can read the full article here (via TechCrunch)

Spatial Offers Free Access to AR/VR Holographic Meeting App

The company has today taken major step towards the creation of a collaborative XR solution for the enterprise market.

Spatial’s holographic meeting app enables people to meet virtually through either augmented reality or virtual reality. When the idea was once floated in 2018 when the startup came out of its stealth mode, it was deemed as way ahead of its time, even overambitious considering the limitations that we still have with the existing technology. However, the company went ahead and developed the product which has been described as the VR version of Zoom.

Spatial is now offering enterprises several months’ free access to its premium-level Spatial Pro services for enterprises. This will come with support for users who might not have a full-fledged Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality headset.

You can read more about Spatial’s offer, here (via virtualrealitytimes)

VR/AR Global Summit Online is 2 weeks away!

Attend the Global Summit 2020 online and enjoy the convenience of attending at home or at your office!

The programme for the online VR/AR Association (VRARA) Global Summit is now live. There are less than three weeks to go until the three-day online summit kicks off 1 June.

What was originally planned to be a physical event in Portugal focusing on enterprise has transformed into a massive free-to-attend online global summit featuring more than 100 speakers.

Initial programme highlights on 1 June include VR & Healthcare: The Patient Perspective, a panel discussion introducing the role of VR in healthcare and the potential for this immersive tech to support patients in their mental health and physical recovery, as well as a keynote speech from Amy Peck, senior director of enterprise content at HTC Vive, on Innovation in the Wake of Crisis.

You can read more information about the upcoming conference by visiting the AR/VR Association website, here

Cannes XR Virtual to Hold June Event in Museum of Other Realities

Now called Cannes XR Virtual, the digital festival will be host by the Museum of Other Realities in June.

Remaining committed to its support of the XR community, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes wants to remain a place where professionals from across the industry can remotely come together to help shape its future.

Cannes XR Virtual will be made available across a variety of platforms. Anyone with a virtual reality (VR) headset can step into the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) from 24th June to 3rd July, the app supporting VR headsets on Steam, Viveport, or Oculus. 

There will also be a 2D live video stream shot inside MOR featuring conferences, pitching sessions and project presentations. A selection of 360 cinematic experiences will be showcased on the VeeR platform plus those without a headset will be able to go to select locations in several major cities across the US, China and France.

The professional side of Cannes XR Virtual will only be open to those registered with the Marché du Film Online.  Accreditations open 12th May at an early bird rate of €95 EUR until 29th May and €195 thereafter.

You can read more about the upcoming festival, here (via VRFocus)

Unreal Engine 5 Supports VR, Promises Generational Leap For Graphics

Unreal Engine 5 will be arriving in early 2021 as a preview, with full release planned for later that year.

Epic Games just showcased its vision of next-generation console gameplay with the reveal of Unreal Engine 5. Not only that, but the new engine supports VR headsets.

Below you can see a stunning new technical showcase for Unreal Engine 5 called Lumen in the Land of Nanite. It features the kinds of graphical and technical leaps Epic expects to see made on next-generation consoles. Textures are incredibly sharp, 3D models sport a new level of detail and, for the most part, massive environments appear to load seamlessly. To top it all off, Epic says this is running in real-time on a PlayStation 5 development kit.

For now, this demo is designed to highlight two core technologies in Unreal Engine 5: nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry and Lumen. The former is designed to let artists focus on creating highly intricate details on objects and surfaces, while the latter is a dynamic global illumination system for instant, realistic lighting in a virtual scene.

You can read more about the Unreal Engine, here (via UploadVR)
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