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Big XR News from Meta, Salesforce, Timberland, Epic Games, Zoom, and Microsoft


Some of the world’s largest tech firms have begun rolling out new solutions across virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) on the backs of several key developments and events.

The news has led to notable changes in the metaverse space as companies ramp up support for clients and consumers, allowing the new spatial communications platform to become a (virtual) reality.

The following are our top picks in extended reality (XR) from the previous week. Please join our regular updates by signing up for our newsletter at https://www.xrtoday.com/sign-up/ for the latest XR news!

Meta Unveils New Quest Headset Parental Controls

Meta Platforms recently updated its Quest 2 lineup of virtual reality (VR) headsets on Tuesday last week, where it also announced a host of changes to the platform aimed at improving safety for young people.

The company’s Parent Dashboard will allow people supervising children and young adults to approve app purchases and downloads, block inappropriate apps, and monitor activities on devices, among others, using the Oculus mobile app.

Salesforce Introduces NFT Cloud Pilot

Cloud-based software giant Salesforce introduced at its World Tour London event a novel NFT Cloud Pilot, which backs sustainable NFT minting and distribution for global businesses.

Users of the new system can manage their minted content and trade blockchain-based assets across the San Francisco-based firm’s Customer 360 service, which will also include fraud protection, carbon offset monitoring, and sustainable blockchain technologies.

Timberland, Epic Games Build Fortnite Metaverse

Epic Games, a top-tier platform for creating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, struck a partnership with sportswear brand Timberland and XR content agency CONCEPTKICKS to develop a Metaverse space to promote prototypes for the shoemaker’s product lineup.

The company’s CONSTRUCT: 10061 programme targets global sportswear fans to commemorate Timberland’s world-class product innovations on Epic Games’ Fortnite Metaverse platform, which will also include a star appearance from Fortnite gaming legend Ali “SypherPK.”

Zoom, Microsoft Team up for VR Video Conferencing

Communications giant Zoom announced last Friday a major collaboration with Microsoft Teams to provide users with cross-platform calling and meeting sharing features.

The numerous updates included plans to integrate artificial intelligence (AI), VR, and other enhancing features for Zoom and Teams, with an exec from the former stating the collaboration would “continue and evolve” to enhance global industries “such as BFSI, pharma, and education.”



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