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NextVR to deliver VR NBA Final highlights

Virtual reality platform provider NextVR has partnered with NBA Digital for the second year running to offer on-demand VR game highlights of the 2018 NBA Finals. Fans will be able to access highlights from the NBA Finals channel within the NextVR app the day after each game of the basketball finals. NextVR said that a […]

BBC to run ‘first-come, first-serve’ UHD trial during World Cup

The BBC has announced two “cutting edge” trials that will see it bring this summer’s FIFA World Cup live to viewers in ultra high definition (UHD) and virtual reality (VR). All 29 World Cup matches that the BBC is due to broadcast on BBC One will also be available in UHD and high dynamic range […]

Oculus Research rebrands to Facebook Reality Labs

Oculus Research, the division of the Facebook-owned company that is focused on creating “the future of personal and shared reality”, has rebranded to Facebook Reality Labs (FRL). Announcing the name change in a post on Facebook, Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash said that “while our name is new, our focus on the future hasn’t changed”. […]

Samsung launches episodic VR pilot season

Samsung has launched an initiative called Pilot Season, designed to encourage the development of episodic virtual reality content for the Samsung VR Video service. Pilot episodes for six original series have now gone live on the Samsung VR Video service on Gear VR, with the content produced using grants provided by Samsung. The Gear VR […]

Former Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief, Nathan Brown, and Discovery […]

CCS Insight: 22 million VR and AR headsets to be sold this year

Virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will reach sales of 22 million units this year and will grow fivefold to 121 million in 2022, according to CCS Insight. The research firm forecasts that smartphone VR will account for the bulk of the sales volume but dedicated VR devices will drive more revenue. The VR […]

Mozilla unveils Firefox Reality browser for VR and AR headsets

Mozilla has announced Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed for the next generation of standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets. The company gave its first glimpse of Firefox Reality in a video posted on the Mozilla blog and said that it will release regular updates on its work in the coming weeks – including details of […]

UK makes major VR pledge in £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal

The UK government has made a major commitment to virtual reality (VR) and immersive technologies as part its Creative Industries Sector Deal. Unveiled yesterday, the deal will see the government and industry jointly invest more than £150 million to help cultural and creative business thrive across Britain. As part of this, the Sector Deal aims […]

IDC: VR and AR shipments to return to growth in 2018

Virtual and augmented reality headset shipments will return to growth in 2018 and reach 68.9 million units globally in 2022, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The research firm said that although the VR and AR headset market retreated in 2017 – primarily due to a decline in shipments in screenless VR viewers – it […]

CNN launches VR app on Oculus Rift

CNN has launched its virtual reality news app, CNNVR, on Oculus Rift headsets, promising users a deeper sense of ‘connectedness’ with the news. The app was created in partnership with visual development and experience company Magnopus and offers breaking news video in a VR environment, as well as immersive 360° video. CNN said the app […]