Vrse raises $12m, rebrands to 'Within'

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VR content and tech producing startup Vrse has completed a $12.6m series A funding round this week, and is changin its name to Within. 

The funding round included investors from 21st Century Fox, Live Nation and Vice Media, according to Crunchbase.

Another big change for the company - which has worked with U2,  Vice and the New York Times - is that its app is launching on HTC Vive and Oculus and will also come to PSVR. 

Its...

By Rachael Power, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

The Foundry launches new modelling system for VR game designers

Creative software developer The Foundry has launched MODO 10.1 this week, a procedural modelling system that offers enhanced workflows for creating real-time content for games and virtual reality.

It's the second installment of three in the MODO 10 Series and works side by side with MODO’s direct modeling toolset. It also provides the ability to easily exchange data with external game engines, such...

By Rachael Power, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

Steam releases VR play space measurements

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Steam has released some useful play space information for VR developers, based on two months' worth of stats from Oculus and Vive usage. 

Play space is the area that people need to keep clear from floor to ceiling, when playing a VR game. In addition, VR developers must keep their interactive objects between this specific area. 

Before, Steam's been reluctant to say what exactly the optimum play space is as it only had speculative data. 

It turns out 81% of...

By Rachael Power, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers.

ARM to beef up 2017 smartphones’ virtual and augmented reality capabilities

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Smartphones are set to get a VR and AR capability boost in 2017, with ARM announcing its new graphics processing unit and processor.

Nearly all smartphones on the market are powered by ARM processors, and performance of devices has increased 100 x since 2009.

To make way for the advent of widespread adoption of VR - where smartphones will be...

By Rachael Power, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices.

New research report assesses Oculus Rift and overall VR market

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Analyst house Research and Markets argues in its latest note the much-awaited VR headset Oculus Rift has finally begun shipments, with the first pre-orders expected to have been delivered earlier this month.

Oculus rose to fame with its Kickstarter campaign in 2012, bringing in nearly 10,000 backers, raising $2.4 million and playing a key founding role in the currently fledgling but fast-rising VR market.

Now a Facebook company, Oculus has delivered its first headsets to the...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Gaming.

Reflections on Mobile World Congress: Enterprise apps coming to new form factors

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Even with a show as large as Mobile World Congress (MWC), with over 100,000 attendees, it was pretty clear that a lot of companies are pushing forward to win a share of two related markets; virtual reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

MWC saw a large number of VR headset announcements from Samsung, LG, HTC, Oculus, Google, Epson, Gear VR, and Fujitsu – which was specifically focused on enterprise applications. A primary driver for a somewhat global network upgrade to 5G...

By Chris Hazelton, 20 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Ecosystems, Enterprise.