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Jargon and Acronyms | VR Technologies

Technology Jargon, acronyms and abbreviations explained

Jargon Busters

Ever wondered what all those techie words and acronyms actual mean?... well you're in the right place to find out! We have an extensive list of the most common tech words used in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

Definitive VR Dictionary

  • Standalone
  • When Standalone (also referred as 'Untethered') is referenced in Virtual Reality - it simply means headsets that are free from wires, so don't require being physically attach to a PC. The Oculus Quest and Quest 2 are perfect examples of standalone headsets, as is the DecaGear 1. Examples of a tethered headset (attached to a PC), would be the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S.

    Standalone headsets are often preferred to the tethered kind because it gives the user more freedom to move in their environment without the restriction of wires.

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  • Author: Mine's a Pint
  • Added: 1st January 1970
  • OpenXR
  • OpenXR is a royalty-free, open standard that provides access to VR, MR and AR platforms and devices (Cross-platform software). It is developed by a working group managed by the Khronos Group consortium. OpenXR was announced by the Khronos Group on 02- 27-2017 during the Game Developers Convention (GDC) in 2017. OpenXR can be downloaded and installed for free from the Microsoft Store.

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  • Author: Mine's a Pint
  • Added: 1st January 1970
  • XR
  • XR is an acronym for 'Extended Reality'. In a nutshell the phrase represents any sort of technology that alters reality for the user by fogging the gap between real and digital worlds. Essentially Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) all fit within the same Realm of XR media.
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  • Author: Mine's a Pint
  • Added: 1st January 1970
  • MMO
  • MMO is an abbreviation for 'Massively Multiplayer Online'. Essentially it's a VR multiplayer game capable of supporting thousands of players simultaneously.
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  • Author: Mine's a Pint
  • Added: 1st January 1970
  • DLSS
  • DLSS stands for ‘Deep Learning Supersampling’. The DLSS technology utilises AI (artificial intelligence) to enlarge the resolution of rendered frames by taking a smaller frame and intelligently enlarging it. The clever technique of Supersampling has been praised for its ability to render games with high resolution with much greater efficiency than natively rendering at the same resolution - rendering fewer pixels and then using artificial intelligence to construct sharp, higher resolution images. NVIDIA use this pioneering technology in as part of their RTX range of graphics cards. You can read more about DLSS here:
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  • Author: Pedro
  • Added: 1st January 1970

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