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.

Does the emergence of mainstream VR lie in niche markets?

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Here we are, at last. The long awaited mainstream virtual reality emergence is now very close.

The key elements of this emergence are, of course, stunning recent hardware devices and the efforts of the VR industry to promote these products.

But beside the ambient VR games trend, will the full emergence come from VR niche markets?

Beyond the 'wow' effect

Anyone having recently experienced an high end VR headsets have been hit by the wow effect. Most of the real time 3D experienced...

By Nicolas Augustin, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Facebook's Surround 360 camera blueprints now available on Github

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Facebook’s banking on 360 video in a big way, so much so that it’s released blueprints for its Surround 360 camera on Github this week.

The rig consists of 17 cameras and sits on an aluminum chassis for stability and to stop overheating from overuse. At a push - provided you’ve got all the right materials - can be physically built within a four hours, with the OS taking a little bit longer to get up and running.

But you’ll need a budget of around $30,000 to build...

By Rachael Power, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hardware.

How to create realistic experiences for virtual reality environments

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Virtual reality is attracting a lot of attention at the moment and as the hype grows so does the expectations of consumers. A survey conducted earlier this year showed that 28% of respondents thought that high quality content was important to ensuring a good VR experience.

For VR to really succeed and take off, the industry needs to address challenges such as improving the development of accessible and high quality...

By Warren Lester, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

You can now pre-order the OSVR HDK 2

Razer is now taking pre-orders via its website for its second Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) hacker development kit.

If Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are a bit too pricey for you, but you’re looking for a VR experience that’s on par and doesn’t break the bank, then this is a good bet.

The HDK 2 for OSVR was announced at this year’s E3 gaming convention, and is essentially a £399 headset featuring custom designed lenses for...

By Rachael Power, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hardware.