Week that was

Week That Was: 5th May

Week That Was: 5th May

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

Oculus Story Studio Has A Surprise Ending

Facebook announces it is to close its Californian VR film division; 50 staff face redundancy.

Valve Loses VR Ambassador

Half Life 2 writer, Chet Faliszek, leaves software legends after 12 years.



HTC Reveals Vive Audio Release Date

Vive audio strap available for consumers from 6th June, included with all Business Edition bundles.

Seeking Nordic VR Developers For Incubator Program

Are you a Nordic VR start-up looking for funding, mentoring and practical support this summer?

VR Web Roundup: 2nd May

AR/VR investors; Tencent VR; Facebook hardware lab; PS VR Japan; Thriving markets; Virtual touch; Spatial sound; Adobe 360 to true VR.



Science Fiction Influences VR at GamesBeat Summit

Alex Handy finds out how Sci Fi favourites such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Neuromancer and Snow Crash have informed VR’s development – and how in turn, VR helped to make Rogue One a reality.

How To Create VR Environments… Without Freaking Out Your Users!

Mary Cassin is a VR/AR developer, technical Artist and UX engineer. She spoke at VR World Congress about how to quickly create VR environments for testing projects with user comfort in mind.


Job News

HTC Appoints New General Manager Of Vive Europe

Ex-Disney and Spotify executive to drive Vive’s business in Europe.



Ultrahaptics Gets £17.9M Investment 

Bristol-based mid-air haptic pioneer secures series B funding for global expansion.

VR Ad Tech Company Raises $570,000 In Seed Funding

Swedish firm to develop its advertising platform for games and apps in virtual worlds through Mixed Reality glasses.


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