VR

  • We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    We went gaming at a VR arcade in Hong Kong

    TechCrunch was in Hong Kong last week for tech conference Rise — where we watched two robots talking together on stage, among other things. The event is well-known for its after-parties and social activities, but one night we sneaked away from the crowd with a few friends to check out a virtual reality arcade. Playdium is a new entry to the city, having only opened its doors at the start… Read More

  • Sketchfab adds 3D sound to its 3D model sharing platform

    Sketchfab adds 3D sound to its 3D model sharing platform

    Sketchfab wants to become a sort of YouTube for 3D models and scenes. While the service started as a way to show off static 3D objects, the company has added a ton of interactive tools over time, making it a solid platform to preview virtual reality content. This week, Sketchfab added sound support. So if you have a VR headset at home, you can look at a scene in 3D using your headset with… Read More

  • The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the… Read More

  • Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR

    Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR

    Google today is more formally taking the wraps off its internal incubator, Area 120, with the launch of a dedicated website, alongside the launch of one of the program’s more interesting projects to date: a way to advertise within VR. The new experiment, which is simply called Advr, involves a cube-like ad format which allows video ads to run in a 3D/VR environment. Area 120 was launched… Read More

  • LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

    LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

    LiveLike, the service that partners with sports broadcasters to create and host their VR viewing experiences, is going social. LiveLike’s VR experience is a “virtual suite” overlooking the field, where you can select different camera angles, look around the suite, view pre-produced content, etc. And now you’ll be able to do this with friends. Read More

  • Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB

    Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB

    Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves in headsets and devices to shoot content will give it a stronger position in the space as (and if!) it continues to expand to more applications and users. Now TechCrunch has learned that as part of that effort, it’s also made an acquisition. Samsung quietly bought a New York-based startup called VRB, which… Read More

  • Apple’s new iMacs are now powerful enough to support VR

    Apple’s new iMacs are now powerful enough to support VR

    Apple just refreshed their iMac line, and while the external design will stay the same, the company has put a ton of effort into refreshing the insides to make them competitive with other professional-grade computers. Read More

  • In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

    In the AI wars, Microsoft now has the clearer vision

    A week ago, Microsoft held its Build developer conference in its backyard in Seattle. This week, Google did the same in an amphitheater right next to its Mountain View campus. While Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Google I/O — and especially its various, somewhat scattershot keynotes — fell flat… Read More

  • Microsoft announces its own motion controllers for mixed reality

    Microsoft announces its own motion controllers for mixed reality

    Microsoft doubled down on its commitment to what it called “mixed reality” today at its Build developer conference, revealing motion controllers that work closely with VR headsets from Acer. With a $399 bundle containing all you need coming later this year, it could be one of the more affordable ways out there to get into the VR game. Read More

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