Week that was

Week That Was: 19th May

Week That Was: 19th 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

Now ZeniMax Sues Samsung 

The Oculus court wrangling continues and drags Samsung into the ring too.

Google Announces Standalone VR At I/O 17 

California event sees Google share its vision of a standalone VR future.

Win $100,000 For Your HoloLens Idea

Unity launches contest to find MR solutions to real-world problems.



Vive’s Standalone Daydream Headset 

The first information and picture of HTC’s all-in-one VR hardware, out later this year.

The Future Of Daydream 

Google shares details about WorldSense; a Daydream update; Chrome VR; Chromium AR; Instant Preview and achieving desktop-level graphics with a mobile GPU.

Windows Mixed Reality Dev Kits Available For Pre-order 

American and Canadian developers can now place pre-orders for developer editions by Acer and HP.

YouTube 360 Video On Your TV 

Live 360 viewing in your living room announced at Google I/O 2017.

Are You A Breakthrough Brit? 

Applications are open for BAFTA’s open call to British filmmakers and game creators.

Half-Life 2 VR Gets The Greenlight 

Steam community makes an appointment to revisit Dr Freeman – this time in VR!

VR Web Roundup: 16th May 

Microsoft says the phone is already dead; What consumers really think about VR; AR glasses will control your eating; Easing pain and anxiety; Historic women; Porn is on the up.

HTC Vive Finance For UK Market 

British consumers can buy now, pay later, as HTC Vive reveals new finance package; rest of Europe to follow.

Buy Daydream, Git Gud At Dodgeball 

That seems to be the message behind Google’s 36-second ad released on Wednesday.



Star Wars And Seurat: Opening The Door To Cinematic Realism In VR 

ILMxLAB offers an insight into Google’s new technology that enables high fidelity rendering of scenes in real-time on mobile VR.


Data & Research 

Enterprise VR Investment $167m In 2017 

New forecast from Superdata shows continued growth for VR in business next year, both in investment and R&D programs.


Job News 

Industry Veteran Mick Morris Joins Kuju

Business Development role for Audiomotion founder and games and film industry stalwart.


Events News

Past, Present And Future Collide At VR Connects San Francisco 2017 

Conference track examining the medium's timeline from its roots - and into the future.

Meet the Keynotes Of VR Connects San Francisco 2017 

Superstars HTC, IDG, Unity, Digital Domain and an industry veteran lead a superpacked conference agenda.

WIN! Tickets To VR Connects San Francisco 

Want to get into our June VR, AR and MR event without spending a dime? Find out how...


See you in seven days...

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