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...

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 and devices powered by the chips...

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 were planning to develop their next title...

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,...

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

Which business model should you choose for VR/AR projects?

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It’s hard to believe that about two years ago, no-one considered VR and AR in terms of mainstream tech. But today, the excitement about AR and VR headsets and devices are even bigger than many other tech products on the market.

Indeed, VR and AR are ranked fourth after mobile, PC, and the web as the most interesting and promising platforms in the world.

Everyone knows by now that a new wave of VR is coming to transform video games, entertainment and exploration, and it is important...

By Anastasiia Bobeshko, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise.

Swedish VR studio launches game preview after $1.8m seed round

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A Swedish VR games studio has just closed a $1.8m seed around and launched its inaugural game, SVRVIVE as a pre-alpha demo on Steam for the HTC VIVE. 

Games studio and distributor SVRVIVE AB has an interesting team, including the former head of digital comms for popular artist AVICII. It was co-founded by entrepreneur Faviana Vangelius and game developers Hampus Granberg and Pontus...

By Rachael Power, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.

Meet the Global VR Challenge winners

A new initiative to explore and celebrate the best VR games dev talent and concepts has drawn to a close this year at the ChinaJoy gaming show. 

The Global VR Challenge was run by Bath-based Steel Media and Chinese VR company DeePoon. 

VR talent from all over the world took part in the challenge, which ended in a competition in which 16 finalists (10 from outside of China) battlede it out to scoop the top prize.

All finalists got a range of VR hardware and some got a share of the $35,000 cash prize...

By Rachael Power, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.