The outlook for VR in 2017: Hardware, content, and going beyond gaming long term

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Having worked through 2016 with businesses and investors on the opportunities and risks of VR, it is clear to me that we are still in the foothills of the eventual impact of VR on a range of industries and business models.  Whilst fully realising the potential of VR will take years, even decades, I can make four predictions that are likely to be true in 2017:

Computer games will be a big winner in the short term

VR in computer gaming is an attractive theme for investors because this...

By Nick Field, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Ecosystems, Gaming, Hardware.

Microsoft's affordable VR headsets to start appearing next spring

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A free update to Windows 10 early next year will bring “3D and mixed reality to everyone”, claims Microsoft.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be brought to over 400 million devices running Windows 10 in 2017, and with it Windows users can start printing, capturing and creating in 3D as well as experiencing mixed reality.

Within the update, the classic, much-loved Paint app is getting a makeover and will become Paint 3D. The art studio will connect with a...

By Rachael Power, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Learning to put sound first in virtual reality

Virtual reality has piqued the interest and obsession of innovators throughout the world with its promising and undiscovered opportunities to deliver amazing experiences.

The first completely new storytelling medium in our lifetime, virtual reality can best be described as scalable theater where you are one of the actors—and the creative opportunities are truly unlimited.

But in the fledgling days of this transformative medium, we’re seeing the building of a new dramatic language from the ground...

By Joel Beckerman, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Developers in the UK can now pre-order Microsoft's HoloLens

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Developers and commercial bodies in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia can now pre-order Microsoft’s mixed reality HoloLens kit.

It’ll set you back $3,000 (over £2,700) and ship in late November, but at last, developers this side of the pond can now try out Microsoft’s MR offering.

HoloLens launched in the US for commercial partners and...

By Rachael Power, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

Intel announces new 7th Gen processor for 'immersive internet'

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In a boost for VR and 360 video, Intel has announced its ‘Kaby Lake’ 7th Gen Intel Core Processor chips.

These latest 14nm processors are good news for 4K UHD video too, as well as improved PC security. They’ll be Intel’s flagship microprocessors for new PCs and are built with its best manufacturing technology.

There’ll be over 100 different laptops...

By Rachael Power, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Majority of developers focusing on the HTC Vive, new research says

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Virtual reality developers are focusing their efforts mainly on projects for the HTC Vive, according to a new survey by the UBM Game Network.

Ahead of the VR Developers Conference in San Francisco, the company - which also runs Gamasutra.com - surveyed 500 developers about their thoughts on VR.

The survey found 34% of developers...

By Rachael Power, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research.

HTC to launch dedicated VR app store Viveport

HTC's launching its own app store for the Vive, the company announced at the VRLA conference recently.

Viveport will eventually roll out around the world, and developers can already register their interest in the store for the beta that will arrive in a few week's time.

It's not yet known if it'll replace Steam but it is an alternative, and Viveport will feature content across new categories for VR, like information, edutainment, social media, 360 video, news, sports, health, travel...

By Rachael Power, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.