Virtual reality

YC and a16z back virtual reality basketball app Gym Class

Despite Zuckerberg & Co. spending billions of dollars on virtual reality tech every fiscal quarter, the wider VR startup ecosystem has been having a tough few years coming down from the highs of 2

The outlook is getting more complicated for Meta’s virtual reality dreams

For an industry that rarely has major news anymore, this was an awfully big week for virtual reality. Unsurprisingly, all of the important data points are related to the industry’s sole benefact

FTC sues Meta to block acquisition of VR fitness app

The FTC filed an injunction today to block Meta’s acquisition of the virtual reality studio Within, which is best known more recently for its subscription VR workout app Supernatural. The regula

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Meta is raising the price of Quest 2 virtual reality headsets by $100

Meta announced today that it’s raising the price of its Quest 2 virtual reality headsets due to increased production costs. Starting on August 1st, the Meta Quest 2 will cost $399.99 USD for the

Roblox beefs up its developer tools as it looks to a future beyond games

Roblox CTO Dan Sturman talks about how the company is building tools for developers, the challenges of building a tech stack for the masses and its foray into virtual currency.

Meta’s next VR headset might be called the Quest Pro

The company formerly known as Facebook may soon release its first new piece of VR hardware since rebranding to Meta last year. According to developer Steve Moser in a report from Bloomberg, the next h

Meta is dumping Facebook logins as its metaverse ID system

Despite the name change and metaverse hyperbole, Facebook has always been at the center of the Meta suite of software for users engaging with its wider ecosystem. While that may continue to be the cas

Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth can now create virtual objects for AI model training

It takes massive amounts of data to train AI models. But sometimes, that data simply isn’t available from real-world sources, so data scientists use synthetic data to make up for that. In machin

Meta’s latest VR headset prototypes will help it pass the ‘Visual Turing test’

Meta wants to make it clear it's not giving up on high-end VR experiences yet. So, in a rare move, the company is spilling the beans on several VR headset prototypes at once.

Meta rolls out new parental controls for Instagram and Quest VR headsets

Meta announced today that it’s rolling out new tools on Instagram and Quest VR headsets that are designed to give parents additional supervision controls. On Instagram, parents and guardians can

Meta adds voice controls for Horizon Worlds, which defaults to live chat with strangers

Meta might soon want everyone to hop into its playful virtual realms, but some users are set up for a shock. In the service of pushing people to socialize in Horizon Worlds, the virtual social network

Meta rolls out Horizon Home, making it easier to meet up in the metaverse

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Horizon Home will roll out as part of a new update to the Quest 2 headset. Despite Meta’s insistence that virtual reality is the future

Meet the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals category finalists and special award winners

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, and sponsor of TechCrunch Sessions: Climate, has chosen 10 category finalists and three Sp

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

Lightspeed’s Mercedes Bent on why the metaverse isn’t overhyped

On the Chain Reaction podcast this week, we dove into a topic that tends to stir up strong emotions, even from those outside the crypto space — the metaverse. Mercedes Bent, an investor at Light

Meta begins testing optional end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app

Meta is testing end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app, the company announced in a blog post. With the rollout of this test, the company is launching optional end-to-end encryption for Me

Meta is integrating its Horizon Venues live events app into Horizon Worlds

Meta announced today that it’s integrating its Horizon Venues event experience into its social virtual reality Horizon Worlds platform. Horizon Venues is currently a separate app dedicated to at

Finally, VR for your mouth

Teams have tried a number of different ways to get the lower half of the face into the act with VR. That includes, and I’m quoting directly here, “a tiny robotic arm that could flick a feather acr

Meta says its metaverse biz lost another $3B… but the 2030s will be ‘exciting’

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of every Meta executive breathing a deep sigh of relief, because unlike last quarter, Facebook’s daily active users (DAUs) are up… a little. For the
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