Week that was

Week That Was: 8th September

Week That Was: 8th September

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

HTC To Sell Its Smartphone Business To Google? 

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer said to be in the final stages of negotiation with search engine giant.

Rift Closes Sales Gap On Vive 

Steam’s August hardware survey shows growth for Rift following price discount.

Windows Mixed Reality: Prices And Release Dates 

With six manufacturers releasing consumer versions of Microsoft’s WMR hardware, we line up what consumers will pay and when.

Windows Mixed Reality: Prices And Release Dates


L.A. Noire In VR 

Rockstar Games brings ‘40s sleuth-em-up to HTC Vive this November.

Get Inside Music In VR 

New WebVR experience places users in the centre of a soundstage, enabling them to remix music or isolate instruments.

Has This LA Studio Solved Motion Sickness In VR? 

Fantom Fathom’s software based solution connects in-game locomotion with real world movement.

Tend Bar In VR 

Finnish VR developer to release debut game on Steam Early Access next month.

Star Wars AR Hardware And Games Coming Soon

Lenovo reveals more details about Jedi Challenges, pre-orders open now.

The Guardian Launches A New VR Experience Written By Khaled Hosseini 

The Kite Runner author scripts 360 video created in Tilt Brush, Sea Prayer.


Interviews And Opinion 

The Secret To Mobile VR Game, Cargo Racing VR, Is Its Accessibility 

Interview: Ryan Booth explains the gameplay philosophy of Virtual Arts' first title.

"We will not be hardcore! We believe in bringing VR to the masses": Nizar Romdan on the global Virtual Arts mission.

Exclusive interview with Virtual Arts, the Cambridge tech studio founded by former ARM and Sony Guerrilla experts.



Million Dollar Babies: The XR Studios That Are Smashing It! [UPDATE 6th Sept] 

With VR – and even more so AR and MR – still in its infancy, the list of studios who have broken the million-dollar barrier is short, but distinguished. Let’s look at the members of this most exclusive club...

Million Dollar Babies: The XR Studios That Are Smashing It! [UPDATE 6th Sept]


Focal Point: Will HTC Sell Its Vive Division? 

Our panel of industry experts on recent rumours that HTC is considering splitting off the VR business for sale.

XR Web Roundup: 5th September 

Microsoft can beat Apple and Google at AR; WMR to beat VR; ARKit app previews; AR in comms; Game control by brain; Mental health; NASA astronaut training; Real estate; AR at events.

Six Of The Best: 4th 

Your Monday morning briefing of the six most read stories on Magic Leap; True cost of VR; VR Indie Pitch Helsinki; WEARVR partnership; Google ARCore; Will HTC sell Vive division?

XR Web Roundup: 5th September

Job News 

Microsoft Looking For WMR Brand Ambassadors In The UK 

Job listing shows nationwide demos from 20th October to the end of the year.



Fast Travel Games Closes $2.1 Million Series A Round of Funding 

Nordic investors help fuel the VR games studio’s continued growth and upcoming game launch.


Events News 

When 2 + 1 = 4. Two Conferences, One Trip: Visit 4C Straight After XR Connects 

Russia's Wargaming-backed event promises first-class talks just a short hop from Helsinki; now with a 30% discount.

Work, Meet Play: Connecting The Global Games Industry 

Steel Media and G-STAR’s sell-out Gamescom panel and party just the start for global media and events partnership.

Developers In Finland: Sign Up For Your Free Bus To XR Connects Now! 

And there’s 30% off tickets to the 19-20 September games conference available to all IGDA Finland members.


See you in seven days...

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