Week that was

Week That Was: 3rd November

Week That Was: 3rd November

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

CCP Pulls Out Of VR, Cuts 100 Jobs

Icelandic developer to close Atlanta studio, sell Newcastle operation.

Every PS VR Game From PlayStation Paris Games Week

Reveals, updates and expansions for PS VR on show at Sony event, from indie devs to AAA blockbusters.

The London Heist Gets A Follow-Up. Kinda.

Sony London Studios shows first footage of the spiritual successor to hugely popular VR Worlds experience with Blood & Truth.



Logitech Seeks Developers To Progress VR Keyboard

Swiss hardware manufacturer uses Vive Tracker to bring gaming keyboard into Steam VR.

Google Launches 3D Library, Poly

New online resource of downloadable objects and scenes aims to make content creation easier for everyone.

Bristol Virtual Reality Lab Gets £295,000 Funding

Opposable VR sets up space for South West SMEs to research XR, supported by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

WMR Gets Movies, YouTube And Photos With New App

CyberLink Launches Power Media Player MR.

Reality Gaming Group Hires BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Henry Hoffman

Fiddlesticks Co-Founder joins as publisher for mobile AR combat game, Reality Clash.

Fast Travel Games Reveals First Project, Apex Construct

Fully immersive VR action-adventure courtesy of former DICE, Rovio and EA leads.

eSports May Be An Olympic Sport

International Olympic Committee says eSports ‘could be considered as a sporting activity’.

VR Installation Wins Oscar

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Carne y Arena recognised as ‘a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling’.

New Influencer Website Launches Today

Steel Media reveals new industry website,


Interviews And Opinion 

XR Indie Pitch Interview: Dodreams On Winning With Drive Ahead! Minigolf

We speak to Emma Kiiski from Dodreams, the winner at XR Connects Helsinki 2017.

XR Indie Pitch interview: SVRVIVE Studios On Miniature Horror In Kartong - Death by Cardboard!

We speak to Faviana von Heijne about coming third in the XR Indie Pitch at VR Connects San Francisco 2017.

VR’s Meaningful Future Must Be Fun Too

Max Scott-Slade, Game Design Director at Glitchers explores VR’s potential beyond games and suggests that making it enjoyable will lead to more meaningful results.

XR Indie Pitch Interview: Squidbeam Games On Robotic Mysteries In Twobit Odyssey

We speak to Laurent Kermel of Squidbeam Games, runner-up at The XR Indie Pitch at VR Connects San Francisco 2017.



XR Web Roundup: 31st October

Nine XR stories that caught our eyes this week: Marketing; China’s £1bn VR park; Human-computer relationship; Music in VR; VR arcades; Ready Player One; AR in the workplace.

Six Of The Best: 30th October

Your Monday morning briefing of the six most read recent stories on VR Days; Coca Cola Halloween; Mapbox; ARKit, ARCore and Unreal Engine; VINDICTA.

XR Web Roundup: 31st October

Events News 

Develop:VR Event Preview

With the one-day conference returning to London next week, we pick some of the best speakers and sessions to check out.

Germany’s VR NOW Event Just Weeks Away

The international Virtual Reality conference and awards ceremony returns on 15th and 16th November.


See you in seven days...

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