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…

How The Future Group Is Redefining Live Game Shows With Mixed Reality

Game shows have been losing younger audiences for some time. The Future Group wants to change that by making game shows more interactive with mixed reality technology. The Oslo, Norway-based startup — which raised $20 million in venture funding — teamed up with FremantleMedia (maker of the Idol TV shows) to create Lost in Time, a new game show that uses…

Despite The ‘VR Desert’ Developers Can Still Find Ways To Survive

Virtual reality developers aren’t making as much money as they expected. Just ask Vander Caballero, founder of Minority Media, creator of the VR game Time Machine VR. Montreal-based Minority Media, which also created the groundbreaking PSN title Papo Y Yo in 2012, created the dinosaur undersea adventure game that launched on the Oculus Rift and HTC…

Making Payments From Inside VR Just Got A Lot Easier With Payscout

Payscout has launched an application that enables easy payments inside virtual reality experiences. At the Money20/20 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Payscout unveiled Payscout VR Commerce, which enables consumers to shop and purchase physical products while still in VR. The Payscout VR Commerce app is integrated with Visa Checkout (VCO), which allows users to register payment credentials within the…

MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

Yahoo Japan Invests In The Venture Reality Fund

Yahoo Japan has invested an undisclosed amount of money in The Venture Reality Fund, which is focused on making investments in virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. The two firms also aim to accelerate growth in the AR and VR industries. Yahoo! Japan, which has more 90 million daily users for its internet media,…

How Hidden Path Designed Real-Time Strategy Game Brass Tactics for VR

Mark Terrano cut his teeth as a game designer on real-time strategy (RTS) titles such as Age of Empires II. Now at Hidden Path Entertainment, he is using that experience to take RTS games into virtual reality. The company is making its next VR RTS title, Brass Tactics, as an exclusive for the Oculus Rift…

Microsoft’s Fluent Design System Aims To Tie All Its Platforms Together

Microsoft revealed a lot this week at its annual Build developer conference. But to get a better sense of how the company wants to tie all its various apps, platforms, products, services, and devices together, look no further than the newly unveiled Microsoft Fluent Design System. These design guidelines are supposed to be an evolution of the company’s Metro/Modern UI…

VR Creation Comes To Hollywood Through Uncorporeal and Radiant Images

Uncorporeal Systems, a maker of virtual and augmented reality software, and Radiant Images, a digital cinema innovator and rental house, have partnered to enable Hollywood companies to create VR and AR experiences. Radiant Images will provide studio services and production support that’s paired with Uncorporeal’s cloud software. The partnership will initially focus on deploying Uncorporeal’s…