Microsoft released a new gameplay trailer today at its annual X019 presentation, showcasing various new aircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator, including Boeing’s 747 commercial jetliner, Cessna’s Citation twin-engine jet, and a small aerobatics airplane. For those who don’t know, it will use developer Asobo’s in-house game engine, and use Bing Maps data, accessing over two petabytes of data from the cloud on demand. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset was first announced earlier this year, and now, it’s finally shipping to customers. Improvements from the original model include a diagonal field of view of 52°, which improves over the 34° field of view of the first edition, all the while keeping a resolution of 47 pixels per degree. This mixed reality device combines the company’s artificial intelligence, Azure, and cloud-computing platforms into one. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
At the Ignite 2019 conference, Microsoft showcased Project Silica, an innovative method of storing data on glass. The company partnered with Warner Bros. archive the original 1978 “Superman” movie on this storage medium, or a glass disk measuring 75 by 75 by 2 millimeters thick. It uses infrared lasers to encode data in “voxels,” the three-dimensional equivalent of the pixels that make up a flat image, and stores data within the glass itself. How much data can it store? Well, a 2-mm-thick piece of glass can contain more than 100 layers of voxels, which is roughly 75.6 GB of data plus error redundancy codes. Read more for a video and additional information.
Microsoft launched its Xbox Console Streaming for some, which lets you stream Xbox One games directly to your Android device. Right now, it’s available to US or UK users who are Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings. If you just so happen to be in that group, a device running Android 6.0 or higher and a Bluetooth-capable Xbox One controller are required to take part, but a controller clip is also recommended for the best gameplay experience. Read more for a video and additional information.
Minecraft has been described as one of the most influential and greatest video games in history, thanks to the ability for players to use a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX ray-tracing technology, which uses real light sources to accurately illuminate the environment, gives this title a modern visual makeover while keeping the same aesthetics as the original. Read more for an extended gameplay video of the ray-tracing on Minecraft.
The Microsoft Research team is working on a project called DreamWalker, which enables a person to be fully immersed in a virtual world even while walking in the real world. More specifically, it’s a method for allowing people to safely navigate a given route in real-world environments, like walking to work, all the while seeing themselves strolling a different VR world, such as a city or location of their choosing. Read more for a video and additional information.
Measuring just 5.33mm thick and weighing 1.68 pounds, the Surface Pro X is the thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro yet. Microsoft’s new SQ1 processor co-designed with Qualcomm pushes 2 teraflops of graphics processing power, and is the fastest Qualcomm processor ever created for a PC. Its vibrant 13” edge-to-edge touchscreen display has 33% thinner bezels, making it perfect for the chassis of a 12” device. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Not just a concept, the Microsoft Surface Duo is a an actual dual-screen Android smartphone set for launch during Q4 2020. Just like the Surface Neo, no technical specifications were revealed, but as you can see, it does sport two 5.6-inch displays that are designed to bring together the “best of Microsoft” with the “best of Google,” according to Microsoft’s chief product officer for the Devices group, Panos Panay. Read more for a video and additional information.
During Microsoft’s Surface event today, the company unveiled its first dual-screen device, called the Surface Neo, running Windows 10X. No technical specifications were released, but we do know that it features dual 9-inch displays that open up like a book, using a hinge system equipped with micro-gears, a torque system, and ultra-thin components. This means that it can be used as a traditional laptop, tablet, or in other ways. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Microsoft announced today at Minecon 2019 that their augmented-reality mobile game Minecraft Earth is set to be launched in early access during October. Right now, the closed beta is only availability in a few large cities, including Mexico City, London, Seattle, Stockholm and Tokyo. For those who’ve never heard of this title, the AR game is centered around building structures, gathering resources, crafting and exploration. You augmented reality structures in collaboration with other players, gather resources using in the in-game map, and access “Adventures” (puzzles, tasks, virtual locations with entities to defeat). Read more for a video and additional information.