First ever European VR landscape unveiled with more than 100 firms on board

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A first ever European virtual reality (VR) landscape, featuring companies that are developing infrastructure, tools/platforms and/or apps for the thriving ecosystem, has been released by Silicon Valley-based venture firm The Venture Reality Fund, with more than 100 companies making the cut.

The European VR landscape, which was created in partnership with LucidWeb, is based on extensive research and information gathered during meetings and calls with regional VR ambassadors across...

By VR 360, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Research.

VCs and investors poured $2.3 billion into VR and AR startups in 2016

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According to technology advisor Digi-Capital, venture capital and corporate investors have invested $2.3 billion (£1.84bn) into virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) startups in 2016, making it three times the USD $700 million investment of 2015.

AR hardware player Magic Leap raised $793.5 million at a $4.5 billion valuation at the start of 2016. Even when Magic Leap took the maximum money in the VR/AR industry in 2016, it accounted only for around $3 of every $10 invested...

By VR 360, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, M&A, Platforms.

Microsoft indicates "thousands" of HoloLens units have been sold

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Microsoft launched the developer version of HoloLens last year for a cool $3000, but until now the company has not indicated how many units have been sold. Roger Walkden, Microsoft's Commercial Lead for HoloLens, has now given us some idea after saying “thousands” have been shipped.

Bearing in mind HoloLens is still expensive and designed for developers at this stage, even a thousand units would be impressive. Microsoft is happy with the number...

By Ryan Daws, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Finch to showcase kit at CES to “accelerate mobile VR revolution”

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As the new year begins, it’s not a surprise that the vast majority of news will be around the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – and this particular piece of news has come out before the event has even begun.

Virtual reality start-up Finch will showcase its Mobile...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware, Platforms.

BBC launches first piece of content for Oculus Store

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The BBC has launched its first virtual reality production on the Oculus store this week. The film, We Wait, is a dramatised depiction of migrants making the perilous journey from Turkey to Greece on smugglers’ boats.

Produced by BBC Connected Studio and Aardman Digital, We Wait animates real-life real accounts from migrants gathered by BBC News.

The film begins on the beaches of Turkey, and from there takes viewers on board a vessel as it makes the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean.

Through its use of VR, We Wait...

By Rachael Power, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms.

OSVR content now available on Steam

Open source VR platform OSVR is now available on Steam, bringing it one step closer to its dream of a one-for-all platform for virtual reality.

Those with compatible OSVR devices, such as its HDK series of headsets, can identify compatible content via an OSVR icon next to it.

There will also be added filter functions in Steam to narrow down searches for OSVR-enabled experiences.

“OSVR makes it easy for game developers to support hundreds of devices and for hardware vendors to tap into top-notch content....

By Rachael Power, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms.

ABBA to reunite for ‘new entertainment experience’ through VR

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Swedish pop group ABBA has joined hands with world-renowned entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller and Universal Music Group to give their millions of fans a new entertainment experience by utilising the latest virtual reality technology.

Fuller, who first came to prominence through managing the Spice Girls, has his latest business which been quietly investing in virtual reality technologies, developing hyper-realistic digital humans in the field of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Platforms.

Platform aiming to be the 'Netflix of VR' launches today

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A platform that wants to be the ‘Netflix of VR’ has launched around the world today.

Inception has a host of original and high quality made-for-VR content, and it’s aiming to be the top destination for virtual reality entertainment. Its team includes some high profile names such as the Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Homeland Ran Telem.

The platform uses original formats, exclusive rights and creative programming and hosts a portal of channels showcasing VR...

By Rachael Power, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms.

Oculus' new update has opt-in Facebook friends connection option

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Oculus’ new 8.1 update contains a new feature that’s dividing the opinion of users: an opt-in Facebook friends connection.

When updating their systems, Oculus users are reporting that a prompt will appear, asking whether they want to integrate their friends list on Oculus with their list on the social network.

By opting in, users will agree that their Facebook friends will become their Oculus...

By Rachael Power, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms.

AltspaceVR is breaking the virtual reality isolation barrier

Virtual reality is certainly shaking up certain industries: VR gaming is going to be huge over the next 12 to 18 months, and sectors such as defence and healthcare are slowly but surely trialling and adopting the tech.

But one argument against VR is that it’s very singular and even isolating, perhaps one of the reasons augmented reality is set to outgrow it over the next few years.

One company seeking to break down this isolation barrier is Silicon Valley startup and virtual social interaction company...

By Rachael Power, 05 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Platforms.