Week that was

Week That Was: 7th April

Week That Was: 7th April

Welcome to the Week That Was on, where we bring you the highlights, biggest news and hottest topics from the world of VR, AR and MR business in the last seven days.


Top Stories

Samsung Confirms It Will Release A Standalone Headset

Korean manufacturer wants to create Star Trek’s Holodeck; VR accessible to all.

Sony Targets Location-Based Entertainment For PS VR

Japanese platform holder plans to extend its market lead outside of consumer homes with move into Out Of Home area.

The Latest VR Connects San Francisco 2017 Speakers

Third wave of faces joining our forthcoming 27-28 June conference includes Hollywood players, investors, analysts, industry veterans, and visionaries.



Windows 10 Creator’s Update Releases Next Week

New OS from Microsoft to include VR and MR support.

Viveport Subscription Goes Live This Week

HTC Vive to launch world’s first VR subscription on Wednesday with a library of 50 curated titles; price revealed; pre-registration opens.

HTC Vive Marks First Anniversary With Vive Day

Vive Studios' Arcade Saga free to existing customers and £100 hardware discount for new customers.

First PS VR Game From Korea Out Today

Mortal Blitz hits PlayStation Store as it levels up from Gear VR debut.

Batman: Arkham VR Comes To Rift And Vive

The caped crusader no longer exclusive to PS VR.

New London Premises Open To Demo VR

Shoreditch business enables the public to experience room-scale VR; businesses to showcase their products.

Caught On The Web: VR Roundup

Magic Leap this year?; Fed government and VR ethics; VR business opportunities; AR $50b in 5 years; UX; Maths worlds; NASA.

Free VR Toolbox Demo Now Available

Try before you buy the only commercially available 360 desktop solution developed for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.


Interviews And Opinion

The VR Headset Blind Spot

Jake Rowland, Head of Business Development at Igloo Vision makes the case for headset-free VR.

Interview: Bringing Episodic Sci-Fi Storytelling To VR

Downward Spiral: Prologue begins an ambitious anthology series of games. But can 3rd Eye Studios overcome the motion sickness problems of zero-G action?

Interview: Virtual Reality In Gambling

ViARsys founder, Konrad Gill, talks about the interaction aspects between VR technologies and gaming convergence.



Silicon Valley VR: Social VR, Sex And Snowcrash

Alex Handy discovers the SVVR Californian conference and expo revealed novel ideas in the shared reality space.


Data & Research

VR Industry Reports Healthy Development

The results of a new survey reveal VR’s positive impact on enterprise; gaming to lead; and monetisation a concern.

VR Indies Are Overvalued

A new report shows that the majority of investors feel the value of private VR companies is inflated; challenges include scarce content and high hardware prices.



Focal Point: Ready Player One For The Win?

Our panel of VR industry experts on whether the forthcoming Spielberg movie will make VR mainstream.


Job News 

Microsoft Hires MR Marketing VP From Oculus

Redmond giant takes CMO from Californian VR rival.



IMAX And Warner Bros Blockbuster VR Deal

Series of high-end VR experiences to start with Justice League and Aquaman for IMAX VR Centres; other VR platforms to follow.

Purdue University Northwest Gets $880,000 VR Grant

Award using Virtual Reality to support training for digital manufacturing technologists.


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