Virtual Reality

John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’

Legendary coder John Carmack is leaving Facebook's Oculus to focus on a personal project — no less than the creation of Artificial General Intelligence, or "Strong AI." He'll remain attached to the

A chat about UK deep tech and spin-out success with Octopus Ventures

New research commissioned by UK VC firm Octopus Ventures has put a spotlight on which of the country’s higher education institutions are doing the most to support spin outs. The report compiles

Sandbox VR raises millions more in celebrity party round

How funding rounds are classified these days has much more to do with positioning than any VC definitions, but it’s still true that nothing has quite the pizzazz as the “strategic investme

VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper)

Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include

Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time

Audi spin-out Holoride is launching to the general public for the first time, through a collaboration with Ford and Universal Pictures . The young company is focused on a unique twist on virtual reali

HTC’s new CEO discusses the phonemaker’s future

On September 17, HTC announced that cofounder Cher Wang would be stepping down as CEO. In her place, Yves Maitre stepped into the role of Chief Executive, after more than a decade at French telecom gi

Amid AR/VR experiments, Apple buys UK visual effects studio

Apple has reportedly acquired U.K. special effects studio IKinema, a startup that may be useful in Apple’s quest to bolster its mobile devices with AR special effects and in its more far-flung a

Daily Crunch: Facebook faces VR challenges

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe her

Verizon picks up the assets of Disney-backed VR startup Jaunt

After raising $100 million, virtual reality content startup Jaunt has been in a precarious position for a few years now. It seems like the saga has finally come to a close as the startup announced tha

Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon

Most of the people I spoke with at Facebook’s Oculus Connect see the proliferation of virtual reality as a foregone conclusion, one that’s just a matter of timing at this point. For Facebo

Oculus CTO: ‘We missed an opportunity’ with Gear VR

At the Oculus Connect developer conference, one of the company’s veteran executives offered some insights on the end of its best-selling product. “As we move forward into the future with Q

Hands-on with Oculus Link: Rift who?

Four months after its release, the Rift S is looking pretty irrelevant. My colleague Josh and I went hands-on with an early demo of Oculus Link, a feature launching in beta in November that lets Quest

Oculus shows off its latest next-generation headset prototypes

At its developer conference Wednesday, Oculus showed off a pair of prototype designs for its next high-end headsets. Two years ago, Oculus showed off its Half Dome prototype, which utilized a technolo

Oculus and Respawn announce a Nazi-killing VR shooter

Two years ago, Oculus announced a radical departure in how they were funding virtual reality developers. Instead of partnering with a ton of upstart teams looking to explore the medium and help fund t

Facebook is building a ‘new social layer’ for Oculus headsets

Facebook spent a large amount of time at its Oculus Connect 6 keynote detailing the new links between its VR headset and the company’s core Facebook app. “Starting late this year, we will

Oculus eclipses $100 million in VR content sales

Facebook has pumped billions into virtual reality and it may be a long way from making that investment back, but it is making a little money. Onstage at Oculus Connect today, Mark Zuckerberg announced

Facebook announces Horizon, a VR massive-multiplayer world

Facebook today announced it’s building its own Ready Player One Oasis. Facebook Horizon is a virtual reality sandbox universe where you can build your own environments and games, play and social

Facebook announces Oculus Link, which brings PC games to the standalone Quest headset

Oculus is going to be further blurring the lines between its standalone virtual reality headset and what it’s built on PC with a new software update in November, Mark Zuckerberg announced onstag

The Void’s Curtis Hickman on scaling, creative IP and the future of VR experiences

What can you do with virtual reality when you have complete control of the physical space around the player? How “real” can virtual reality become? That’s the core concept behind The

Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment

As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry’s fringes are now finding themselv
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