XRA updates XR Primer for developers with safety guidance

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Washington DC-based XR Association (XRA) has released an update to its XR Primer, a starter guide for developers designing virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) experiences.

Quick read

➨ The update focuses on culture, conduct, and content in immersive environments

➨ The first edition of XR Primer was released in 2018

➨ XR Primer 2.0 provides developers with fundamental design principles to create and prioritise online safety and inclusion in two- and three-dimensional contexts

The story

The update focuses on culture, conduct, and content in immersive environments and offers design guidance for creating respectful, safe and inclusive experiences.

The first edition of XR Primer, released in 2018, introduced topics for developers to consider that can enhance user comfort and safety in VR, AR and MR.

XRA’s member companies, which include Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung and Sony, collaborated to share insights gleaned during the development of their respective platforms and to establish a common set of focus areas for developers.

The new release represents further progress towards XRA’s mission of promoting responsible development and thoughtful advancement of immersive technology globally.

XR Primer 2.0 provides developers with fundamental design principles to create and prioritise online safety and inclusion in two- and three-dimensional contexts.

Liz Hyman, who became chief executive officer of XRA in June, said: “As we continue to update the primer, XRA hopes to lead the industry forward by encouraging developers, manufacturers, and content creators to invest in tools and guidelines that will foster safe environments in XR.”

XRA also hosted a panel at the XR Developer’s Conference (XRDC) in October, furthering the discourse around fostering safe environments in immersive tech.

The discussion brought together industry leaders, outside experts, developers and manufacturers, and focused on identifying the tools needed to create safe spaces. The discussion saw an exchange of best practices and shined a light on industry strategies for continuing to build trust in XR experiences.

Microsoft became the latest technology company to join the ranks of XRA in July.

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