Virtual Reality

Mark Zuckerberg demos a tool for building virtual worlds using voice commands

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, today showed off a prototype of an AI system that enables people to generate or import things into a virtual world just by using voice commands. The company sees the

Behold the orby new PlayStation VR2 headset

Sony dropped a quick reference to its upcoming virtual reality headset back at CES. That’s kind of what Sony does at the show most years — offer a bunch of nuggets about upcoming products with

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.

Are lifelike digital humans the future of customer experience?

Soul Machines, a New Zealand-based company that uses CGI, AI and natural language processing to create lifelike digital people who can interact with humans in real time, has raised $70 million in a Se

Apple source code references ‘realityOS’ for potential VR/AR headsets

The operating system powering Apple's rumored virtual or augmented reality headset may be called realityOS, according to multiple sources in recent GitHub open source code and App Store upload logs.

Over 500 mobile apps are now using the term ‘metaverse’ to attract new users

A true “metaverse” may not yet exist, but that hasn’t stopped marketers from adopting the buzzword to promote their apps and games on mobile app stores. According to new data shared

Mozilla is shutting down its VR web browser, Firefox Reality

A top VR web browser is closing down. Today, Mozilla announced it’s shutting down its Firefox Reality browser — the four-year-old browser built for use in virtual reality environments. The

Meta brings 3D avatars to Instagram, rolls out new options for Facebook and Messenger

Meta is bringing its 3D avatars to Instagram and is also rolling out updated avatars to Facebook and Messenger, the company announced on Monday. Users in the United States, Canada and Mexico can now s

Alta closes $12.4M seed round led by Makers Fund and Andreessen Horowitz

Alta, a virtual reality metaverse studio, announced today it has raised a 12.4 million seed funding co-led by Makers Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Other investors include Pioneer Fund, Boost VC, muru-

Refract raises $8.5M SGD funding, announces new game development division 

Refract, a Singapore-based extended reality (XR) startup, announced today it has raised an approximately $8.5 million SGD (approximately $6 million) Series A from investors including Sea Limited, inte

The metaverse will be filled with ‘elves’

The most dangerous part of the metaverse will be agenda-driven artificial agents that look and act like other users but are actually simulated personas controlled by AI.

Meta’s Oculus VR companion app gained ~2M downloads since Christmas

Consumers worldwide have downloaded Meta’s Oculus app, the mobile companion for Oculus VR devices including the Quest 2, roughly 2 million times globally since Christmas Day, according to new da

ManageXR grabs $4 million seed round to scale XR business 

Sonic identity is the missing component for social metaverse experiences

The metaverse won't be complete without customized sonic identities and a matching social audio experience that makes the digital representation seamless.

Meta’s Horizon Worlds is available in the US and Canada for 18+ users

The company formerly known as Facebook is taking a step toward its goal to transport us to the metaverse. Now, Horizon Worlds — the Second Life or Minecraft of Meta’s VR apps — is ex

VR glove startup says Meta’s recently unveiled prototype is ‘substantively identical’ to their own device

Facebook, errr Meta, showed off a new prototype haptic feedback glove yesterday, which they detailed could eventually bring a new generation of AR/VR users closer than they’ve ever been to digit

Sandbox VR expands to new locations globally with $37M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz

After a challenging year for location-based virtual reality startups due to COVID-19, Sandbox VR, a location-based VR startup, is making a comeback with a plan to expand its operations further across

Facebook’s ‘meta-existential’ pivot for survival

As an investor in VR and AR since 2016, I find it cautiously encouraging to hear all the talk of “metaverse” on trending business channels today.

BTS enters NFT market in joint venture with Upbit

Hybe, the South Korean agency behind K-pop megastar BTS, announced today that it plans to set up a joint venture with Korean crypto exchange Upbit to enter the non-fungible token (NFT) business. Hybe

Is China building the metaverse?

A heated debate is going on about the race between the United States and China to dominate in AI. But perhaps the more strategic question is whether China is building the metaverse.
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