Slow withdrawal of Microsoft XR and Playstation VR 2 launch games


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Our weekly recap: As Sony gears up for PSVR launch, Microsoft is scaling back XR capacity.

Microsoft Kills AltspaceVR, XR Interface Team, Cuts Work on Military Hololens

Microsoft plans to cut 10,000 jobs by the end of March. Virtual reality and augmented reality projects will also be affected: the once high-profile social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR will shut down in March, and the entire team behind the XR Interface Mixed Reality toolkit, popular with development studios, is licensed. In addition, the Hololens team will be further decimated and work on the military Hololens will be reduced.

After years of no major news on commercial Hololens hardware, rumors that there won’t be any in the near future, and Microsoft offering its Office software on Meta headsets without a second thought, it looks like Microsoft is pulling out of the Metaverse race before it’s even really started.

Sony is gearing up for the launch of PSVR 2

Meanwhile, Sony is gearing up for February 22, when the Playstation VR 2 hits store shelves. And early buyers will want the right software for their new VR headset. In addition to the VR games already announced for the Playstation VR 2, Sony showed off ten more titles this week. None of them are new, but Sony says they will look and work better on PSVR 2 than ever before.

A preview of 30 titles from the PSVR2 launch period.

Thirty titles are expected to release during the PSVR 2 launch period. | Image: Sony

Nreal Air seems like a great Steam Deck accessory

The Chinese manufacturer Nreal has been marketing compact AR and display headsets with smartphone connectivity with varying degrees of success for years. So far, there hasn’t been a really convincing application scenario for technical helmets.

With the Steam Deck, the pure-display Nreal Air headset might have found something like a perfect gaming partner: you can stream the image from the Steam Deck to a 130-inch TV from four meters away, anytime you want. , anywhere. It’s something.

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OpenAI CEO Tones Down GPT-4 Expectations

In the coming months, OpenAI’s much-vaunted GPT-4 AI text will be released. If the expectations on Twitter and Co. live up to it, it will eclipse everything and even show the first signs of becoming general AI. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman calls current GPT-4 rumors “bullshit” and falsifies expectations: “People are begging to be disappointed – and they will be.”

Meanwhile, Google is reportedly gearing up for a massive AI year: up to 20 AI products are reportedly in the pipeline, including a new Google chatbot search. For more information on AI, see our sister post THE DECODER.


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