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Today’s Immersive VR Buzz: Open XR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

This was a very interesting BUZZ that I found today and wanted to share with you.

Originally posted on: www.roadtovr.com

Open XR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

The group today announced the ratification of OpenXR 0.9, a provisional version of the specification, which is now available for feedback from developers and implementers.

Open XR is a work-in-progress standard that aims to unify the underlying connections between VR and AR hardware, game engines, and content, making for a more interoperable ecosystem.

The standard has been in development since April 2017 and is presently supported by virtually every major hardware, platform, and engine company in the VR industry, including key AR players like Magic Leap. Open XR’s ‘working group’, under which representatives from member companies are actively developing the standard, is facilitated by Khronos Group.

Today the group announced the ratification and release of Open XR 0.9, a provisional version meant for evaluation by developers and implementers in the industry. The Open XR working group plans to gather feedback to put the finishing touches on the standard before releasing OpenXR 1.0.

Along with the provisional release of the specification, Microsoft is releasing an OpenXR runtime for testing, which can enable OpenXR content compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Oculus says they plan to provide runtime support for apps built for OpenXR on Rift and Quest later this year.

Collabora, an open-source consulting company, is today releasing Monado, an open-source SDK and runtime built for Open XR on Linux.

Open XR has both an application interface which sits between an XR app and platform, and a device interface which sits between the platform and the headset.

Building apps, platforms, and headsets which target the OpenXR standard (instead of proprietary interfaces) make for a significantly more interoperable ecosystem.

For instance, it means that an app built for one OpenXR headset should run on an entirely different OpenXR headset with zero changes to the underlying code. Additionally, it means that a new entrant to the game engine market could swiftly add support for all compatible headsets by implementing support for Open XR.

Granted, Open XR does not necessarily mean that apps and content from one platform will work with a headset from another. Each company, even if a supporter of Open XR, still has control over where their content is made available and which platforms support which headsets. Simply put, Open XR is a technical foundation for interoperability, but business decisions still dictate content, device, and platform strategy.

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360 video is a video that is recorded in all directions at the same time with multiple cameras. The videos are stitched together either internally in the camera or externally using special software.

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