Google Cloud department announced about the release of the Immersive Stream for XR tool, aimed at developers of mixed reality applications – it supports content created in Unreal Engine 5 and offers image processing by cloud GPUs.
This technology is used in the immersive view of Google Maps, 3D city models overlaid with additional information such as traffic jams or restaurants. For example, developers of mixed reality applications can use Immersive Stream for XR to place virtual furniture in real rooms or virtually inspect a car before buying it.
The technology was first announced at the Google I/O conference in 2022, but now the company has clarified that it supports working with content created in Unreal Engine 5. This engine is extremely popular in game development, although it is also actively used in creating non-game applications.
Some Google projects in the areas of mixed and virtual reality are likely to remain dormant for some time: It was recently announced that Clay Bavor, who is responsible for this direction, will be leaving his position in March in favor of his own startup. His duties are shared among other top Google executives.