Week that was

Week That Was: 17th November

Week That Was: 17th 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

Vive Reveals World-Scale VR Hardware

Mass market standalone headset, Vive Focus, unveiled at Beijing Developer Conference.

All The News From Vive’s Developer Conference 2017 

HTC’s Beijing event hosted a raft of reveals and announcements, from new hardware to software and awards.

Vive Reveals World-Scale VR Hardware, Vive Focus


Paramount Pictures Launching VR Cinema 

Hollywood brings the big screen into your home with virtual movie theatre and Top Gun 3D.

New German XR Funding Programme 

Media Tech Hub will support start-ups working in VR, AR and MR, applications open next week.

VR NOW Award Winners Announced 

German XR event returns to celebrate achievements in VR, AR and MR with five awards.

The First Standalone VR Isn’t From HTC Or Oculus 

Next generation RideVR to join VR Coaster’s VR hardware in more than 40 theme parks worldwide.

The Game Awards VR/AR Nominees 

Help choose the winners by voting on the shortlist for December’s LA event.

Olympus Relaunches EyeTrek AR Brand For Business 

Camera manufacturer joins the reimagined Google Glass and aims its AR tech at enterprise.

New VR Experience Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay 

ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm partner with Nissan for retail based Vive and Gear VR experience.

New Viveport Subscription Plans 

HTC obviously thinks its customers are mugs, launches longer contracts with no increase in access as consumers stand to save a whopping 30p a month.

HTC Launches Second Annual Viveport Developer Awards 

Awards return to recognise the work of VR and AR developers around the world.

HTC Partners Unity For One-Click Publishing 

Viveport to integrate with Unity, including in-app payments and advertising.

HTC Announces New VR Open Platform And Toolset 

Vive Wave to enable developers to easily publish across multiple platforms.

No Standalone Vive For The West; Lenovo It Is, Then! 

HTC and Google confirms new Vive Focus hardware for Asia territory only, Lenovo Daydream hardware on track.

Create XR With No Coding In Byond 

Immersive Suite in open beta, aims to be the Wordpress of VR and AR.

Olympus Relaunches EyeTrek AR Brand For Business


Develop:VR Funding Question Time 

As investment in VR slows down, what advice did this industry panel have for indie devs at the London event?

Develop:VR Funding Question Time


XR Web Roundup: 14th November 

Nine XR stories from around the web that caught our eyes: Apple ARKit; What’s wrong with VR?; Age ratings; The Metaverse; Real estate; Architecture; Education; Mental health therapy.

Six Of The Best: 13th November 

Your Monday morning briefing of the six most read recent stories in XR.

XR Web Roundup: 14th November


EA Acquires Titanfall Developers For $455 Million 

The world’s biggest games publisher acquires high profile studio that recently announced its first VR project. So long Respawn, we hardly knew you...

Vive Could Change The World Around Us 

HTC partners with leading infrastructure firm, AECOM, to further develop VR’s applications in architecture, engineering and construction.


Events News 

XR Connects London 2018 Early Bird Tickets End Tonight 

Save up to $450 on the hottest tickets in XR - book by midnight!

Last Chance To Sign Up For This Weekend’s Big Indie Pitch Competition! 

Golden opportunity for western independent mobile game developers to meet asian investors, publishers and audience at South Korea’s leading games show, G-STAR.


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