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Week That Was: 18th August

Week That Was: 18th August

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

AltspaceVR Isn’t Dead Yet 

Social VR company ‘deep in discussions’ to avoid closing down.

New Gran Turismo Sport VR Trailer

PlayStation releases short trailer of forthcoming flagship PS4 racing game, showing VR mode and comments from GT Academy winners and Nissan Pro Drivers.

Clash Of Clans Gets AR Experience 

Supercell partners with Facebook to celebrate the games' five-year anniversary.




New VR And AR Publisher Launches

UK and Dubai-based Big Immersive aims to release titles across mobile, console and PC.

Exeter Gets AR Bar Inspired By Harry Potter 

Customers are guaranteed an enchanted evening when they visit the Cauldron Inn on South West England’s original Diagon Alley.

London 360 Video Event This Month 

Realities Centre and Blend Media Look at the Future of 360 Video and Explore the Latest 360 Video Tech.

New XR Workspace In London’s Olympic Park 

UK tech hub to offer 15 VR, AR and MR desks with large test area.

Guns Of Boom Gets AR Spectator Mode 

Smash hit mobile FPS game lets users look on as matches are played out on their coffee table.

Mod For PS VR Aim 

Designer releases downloadable 3D model to print a peripheral for a peripheral.

Steel Media And G-STAR Announce International Partnership 

Western media company partners with South Korea’s leading game show G-STAR with series of collaborative events starting at Gamescom.

Exeter Gets AR Bar Inspired By Harry Potter

Interviews And Opinion 

Gambling On Virtual Reality - Lessons Learned Making A VR Casino 

Alea Co-founder, Alexandre Tomic, shares his experience of creating Slots Million and how to attract and retain consumers in VR.

The Importance Of Collaboration In Virtual Reality 

One of the most common objections to VR is that it’s seen as antisocial. Tom Symonds, CEO at Immerse explains that not only is that a misconception, but why collaboration in VR is crucial to its success.

The Importance Of Collaboration In Virtual Reality


XR Web Roundup: 15th August 

Snap falls 17%; Why VR and AR are the same; SIGGRAPH; AR Subtitles; VR in the classroom; Philippines news; Tron 3; Augmented Virtuality; Real estate.

Six Of The Best: 14th August 

Your Monday morning briefing of the six most read stories on AR At XR Connects Helsinki; Superstar Sessions at VRCSF; iPhone AR Camera Details Leaked; Is Flatscreen AR Really AR?; Interview: Wargaming's virtual museum.

XR Web Roundup: 15th August

Job News 

HTC Vive Recruiting PR Manager 

Seattle based position working with HTC on B2B Public Relations for Vive in Seattle, WA.



Mobile 360 And VR Ad Co Secures $10.5 Million Investment 

Immersv Closes Series A financing led by Rogers Venture Partners.

Serious Labs Closes $5m Funding 

Investment to fuel growth, innovation and market share of virtual training for heavy industry.

Soluis Secures £1m Grant For XR Construction 

British consortium finds funding from Innovate UK for VR and AR in the construction industry.

Soluis Secures £1m Grant For XR Construction

Events News 

Five Reasons Why Any VR, AR or MR Developer Needs To Be At XR Connects Helsinki 

From indie devs to global corporations, next month’s immersive media event in Finland is an unmissable diary date.

Indies Take To The Stage At XR Connects Helsinki 2017 

We can all learn a thing or two when it comes to the pioneering work the indie community is doing.

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