Where Thoughts Go Is An Anonymous VR Social Space On An Alien Planet

Where Thoughts Go is a social network that takes the form of an ethereal virtual reality world. Visitors leave anonymous voice logs that appear in the dreamy environment as little creatures that flit around in the air. It’s the latest VR project from indie developer Lucas Rizzotto, who plans to release an early version sometime in 2018…

A Year Later, What Oculus Touch Has Meant For VR

The Oculus Touch controllers debuted a year ago, enabling players to eschew a traditional gamepad while using the Rift headset. In VR, this has become an expected way of interaction, whether you’re using the Touch or HTC Vive controllers. To mark the occasion, Oculus has released the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, an update to the Rift user…

The VR Fund: Entertainment VR Investments Jump 79% In Second Half Of 2017

Hollywood is embracing augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality (a blend of both) in a big way. The Venture Reality Fund, a venture capital fund that tracks investments in the sector, reported that the number of investments in the entertainment sector in the second half of 2017 is up 79 percent compared to the same…

Pixvana Raises $14 Million For Cloud-based Storytelling Platform Spin Studio

Pixvana, maker of the Spin Studio cloud-based mixed-reality storytelling platform, has raised $14 million in a new round of funding. Vulcan Capital led the round, with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments, and Hearst Ventures, along with existing investor Madrona Venture Group. “We are thrilled to work with this amazing group…

Nvidia’s GPU Sales Grew Faster Than AMD And Intel Last Quarter

As the PC market has lost some casual consumers to smartphones, the hardcore gamer has turned into the engine that drives the GPU market. That was once again the case in the third quarter of this year, and that trend helped Nvidia grow its share of the market with a 29.53 percent quarter-to-quarter increase in…

Polyarc’s Post-E3 mission: Making Moss’s Cute VR Hero Feel Real

Polyarc‘s adorable virtual reality adventure Moss stars Quill, an intrepid mouse heroine who fits in the palm of your hand and wields a sword. She embarks on a journey within the pages of a book of fairy tales, and as the Reader, your role is to help her out. You guide her throughout her journey, enabling her…

Byond Will Help Enterprises Build AR, VR, And 360-degree Experiences

Byond is launching a publishing platform that allows companies to create augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360-degree applications. It’s one more set of tools designed to encourage enterprises and brands to take the plunge into promising new technologies. The Los Angeles-based startup has created the Byond Immersive Suite to make it easier for companies to create,…

Electronic Arts To Acquire Titanfall Maker Respawn For As Much As $455 Million

Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million. The deal could bring a new long-term franchise into the fold for the big third-party publisher of video games, giving EA an edge in the multibillion-dollar first-person shooter genre with properties such as Titanfall,…

Rylo Launches 360-Degree Camera That Simplifies Editing And Sharing

San Francisco startup Rylo is launching a 360-degree video camera today that emphasizes smooth videos that are easy to share. Created by a team of former Instagram and Apple engineers, Rylo has stabilization software and a smartphone app that helps eliminate some of the pains of traditional shooting, editing, and sharing of videos, said Rylo CEO Alex Karpenko, in…

Tactai Wants To Bring Better Touch Feedback To Virtual Reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality have delivered realistic visuals and sound to virtual experiences, but they’re completely lacking a sense of touch. Tactaiwants to change that with a new kind of multi-modal touch feedback technology. If it works, it could lead to a new generation of VR and AR headsets that can add a new sense…

AdHawk’s Tiny Sensors Could Enable Much Smaller VR Headsets And AR Glasses

A Canadian company called AdHawk Microsystems is announcing that it has created small motion-tracking sensors that could be a boon for augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. Current AR and VR products are oversized for consumers, and bulky camera-based sensors are a big part of that problem. But AdHawk has created eye-tracking sensors that are small…

Sunken Is The Hidden Object VR Game That Takes You Under The Sea

Sunken is a virtual reality game that plunges players into the ocean deep to explore shipwrecks. Though it’s a low-stakes hidden object game, it’s tinged with hints of H.P. Lovecraft, and the environments evoke a sense of dread. It launched today for the Samsung Gear VR. Tapps Games has a history as a mobile studio. It…

Varjo Raises $8.2 Million To Boost Its High-res VR Headset

Varjo, a Finnish company that’s working on an ultra high-fidelity mixed reality headset, has raised an $8.2 million series A round to propel it forward as it works toward the launch of its first developer kits. EQT Ventures led the round, with participation from Lifeline Ventures, the Venture Reality Fund, Presence Capital, and others. The…

Cyan Partners With Legendary Pictures To Add Backstory To Obduction

Cyan has a double dose of news about its Obduction thriller. The game is debuting on the PlayStation 4 today, and the company has cut a deal with Hollywood’s Legendary Pictures to add a backstory to the award-winning adventure puzzle game. Legendary Pictures’ VR division will work on fleshing out the narrative experience of Obduction in partnership with Spokane, Washington-based Cyan, which…

Project Axon Is A VR Game About Social Media’s Ability To Spread Fake News

If you’ve been online, you’ve seen fake news. A team of graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University created a virtual reality game called Project Axon to raise awareness about how our own behavior on social media platforms can contribute to this problem. The team hails from the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU, a two-year master’s program that…

Why I Love The Radeon RX 580 For VR

High-end virtual reality on the PC requires a ton of flexibility and dedication. But you can make it a more enjoyable experience by building your rig with AMD’s Radeon RX 580 video card. It can handle almost any game at 1080p and 60 frames per second, it packs a ton of power for its price, and it…

NVIDIA Has Strong Earnings As GPU Surge Continues

Nvidia keeps on raking in revenue from chips for artificial intelligence, game graphics, the Nintendo Switch game console, and self-driving cars. But we’ll have to listen to the conference call to find out if cryptocurrency mining also drove sales. The world’s biggest stand-alone maker of graphics chips and AI chips reported $2.2 billion in revenues for its second…

Snap Stock Dropped 17% From Decreased Revenue And Lagging User Growth

Not even the dancing hot dog can cheer up Snap’s cranky investors. Only a few minutes into Snap’s earnings call Thursday, Evan Spiegel mentioned the popular hot-dog filter his company introduced last month, saying it may be “the world’s first augmented reality superstar.” But it was too late. Even a beloved luminary like the breakdancing hot dog…

Europe’s VR Sector Has Grown To Nearly 487 Companies

Europe’s virtual reality economy continues to expand at a remarkable pace despite some overall skepticism about the technology, according to the second European Virtual Reality landscape released by The Venture Reality Fund and Belgium’s LucidWeb. The report identified 487 virtual reality companies operating in Europe, up from the 300 uncovered in the first report, which was…

Gamers Gift VR Nonprofit Is Raising Money On Twitch To Help The Sick And Elderly

Gamers Gift is a student-run nonprofit that believes in the power of virtual reality. It’s been around for about a year-and-a-half, and in that time, it’s raised over $50,000 and developed ongoing relationships with hospitals and assisted-living facilities, where it hosts monthly VR experiences. It’s raising funds on the livestreaming platform Twitch, where founder and CEO Dillon…

Blindfold Is A Disturbing VR Tale About The Torture Of Journalists

Indie studio Ink Studios is unveiling its second game, Blindfold, at the Games for Change Festival on August 2. It’s a tense virtual reality experience that gives players a first-person view of the inside of an interrogation room. After its North American debut at Games for Change, Blindfold will be available for free on the Oculus Rift…

Presence Capital Has Made 33 VR and AR Investments in Less Than 2 Years

Presence Capital — one of the earliest venture capital firms to focus on virtual reality and augmented reality startups — is today announcing that it has made 33 investments. That’s a lot of investments for a fund that was announced in December 2015. Presence Capital has invested in Baobab Studios, Bigscreen, Harmonix, Nomadic, Meta, Resolution Games, Scope…

The AR Landscape Shows 60% Growth in Startups Focused on Enterprise

The Venture Reality Fund released its augmented reality landscape for the second quarter, and the research shows that 150 companies are focused on a wide range of AR technologies. The Venture Reality Fund, which has raised $50 million to invest in AR and virtual reality startups, said it saw a 60 percent increase in the number of…

Lila’s Tale Makes you Solve Puzzles in VR … Without Your Hands

You don’t need a controller to play Lila’s Tale; you just need to look. It’s a VR platformer that you interact with by directing your gaze at where you want its heroine to move. Only a demo is available at the moment, but the full game is slated for a third-quarter release later this year for…

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Preview with Mixed Reality Improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with shell, gaming, Task Manager, mixed reality, and delivery optimization improvements. This is the seventh build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors…

Why Starbreeze Studio Is Pursuing A ‘Crazy’ Vision For Arcade-Scale VR

Sweden’s Starbreeze Studios made its name as the publisher of games such as Pay Day, Pay Day 2, Dead by Daylight, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And now the company is also expanding into virtual reality hardware with its StarCade headset. Built in partnership with Acer, Starbreeze is providing high-end VR technology to IMAX, the high-end movie…