Microsoft is sunsetting social VR pioneer AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR has had a few close calls over the years, but the company that built virtual social spaces well before “metaverse” was a household word is shuttering for good this time. After a

Why more funding equates more peace of mind for TRIPP and its users

LA-born startup TRIPP doesn’t want the metaverse to be a mere “shopping mall for virtual consumers,” its founder Nanea Reeves told TechCrunch. Instead, Reeves’ company is envis

Microsoft shuts down AltspaceVR’s social hubs to combat harassment

Microsoft is making a handful of changes to AltspaceVR to combat harassment within the virtual reality app: The company has removed the Campfire, News and Entertainment Commons social spaces.

Microsoft debuts its AR/VR meetings platform Mesh

Today, at a special AR/VR focused event held inside its virtual reality community platform Altspace, Microsoft showcased a new product aiming to provide their AR HoloLens platform and VR Windows Mixed

Digitizing Burning Man

For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless entity where art, music and partying reign suprem

AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft

After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR, is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its product director, where he

Microsoft acquires social virtual reality app AltspaceVR

At a special event today in San Francisco, Microsoft announced that it has acquired social VR app AltspaceVR. The virtual reality social networking app allows users across headset and web platforms to

Social virtual reality startup AltspaceVR may not be dead after all

What is dead in VR may never die, perhaps? Social VR startup AltspaceVR may not be shutting down after all. The company, which raised more than $15 million in funding from GV, Comcast Ventures and oth

Escaping the trough of disillusionment for virtual and augmented reality

S. Somasegar Contributor S. Somasegar is managing director at Madrona Venture Group and the former head of Microsoft’s Developer Division. More posts by this contributor Business models will drive t

NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in

How virtual reality is transforming the sports industry

After a failed stint in the 1990s, virtual reality made its reappearance last year with headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. But this time, it’s here to stay and, in l

Slack integration in AltspaceVR lets you keep working in every reality

Virtual reality can often be escapist in nature, but sometimes you just gotta get shit done. HTC has started looking at this with Call Services on the Vive so you can keep track of your texts while in

AltspaceVR Social Platform Launches On Samsung Gear VR

Virtual reality can sometimes appear like it's a pretty isolating platform. Visually, people experiencing VR certainly aren't in the most approachable position and right now the tech is new enough tha

Dungeons & Dragons Comes To Virtual Reality Thanks To AltspaceVR

If you're a Dungeons & Dragons fan, and happen to have some virtual reality gear on you, drop what you're doing. Social VR company AltspaceVR has shipped an immersive version of your beloved table

In A Virtual Press Event, AltspaceVR Announces Its Chat Room Coming To Samsung Gear VR

VR chat platform AltspaceVR today announced that it is opening support for the Samsung Gear VR, making it the first social chat experience on a mobile VR platform. But rather than gather reporters in

VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

Pay-Per-Virtual Reality could become a thing thanks to AltspaceVR. The VR chat room and communication platform just raised $10.3 million to give us a digital place where we can hang out. But with t