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VR Market Worth $15.89 Billion by 2020 States Report

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According to the new market research report “Virtual Reality (VR) Market by Technology (Semi & Fully Immersive), Device (Head-mounted display (HMD), Gesture Tracking), Component (Sensor, Display, Software), Application (Gaming, Entertainment, and Industrial), Geography – Trends & Forecasts to 2014-2020″, the Virtual Reality Technology Market is expected to reach $15.89 Billion by 2020. READ MORE

Red Dwarf’s Lister Experiences Oculus Rift

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British actor Craig Charles, famous for bringing to life Rob Grant and Doug Naylor’s Lister in science-fiction comedy series Red Dwarf, has a long history of being involved in emerging technology. The latest example of his passion for virtual reality (VR) came from this weekend’s Glastonbury festival, where Charles was seen experiencing the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

HTC ‘probably couldn’t’ Have Made Vive Without Valve

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Taiwanese smartphone company HTC very quickly became one of the biggest names in virtual reality (VR) technology back in March 2015 when it announced a partnership with Valve to create the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD). This promising device surprised everyone with its unique approach to PC-based VR, supported by Valve’s SteamVR system, and its holiday 2015 release date. It seems like the perfect partnership now, and HTC itself recently suggested that the Vive ‘probably couldn’t’ have happened without Valve’s help. READ MORE

HoloLens Units Destroyed in Shuttle Explosion

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Last week VRFocus reported on the news that Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) would be heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a partnership between the company and NASA. The special kits will include new software known as Sidekick, designed to help astronauts with training and communication. A pair of HoloLens units were set to be shipped up to the station this month to allow for testing of this project. Sadly, those units have been destroyed in-transit after their unmanned shuttle exploded. READ MORE

NFL Lineman Hired as Director of VR Sports & Entertainment at Next Galaxy

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Virtual reality (VR) sports broadcasting has a potentially huge future ahead of it. Head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR allow fans to get closer than ever to the action, and there are a number of companies that are exploring this potential. Among them is Next Galaxy, which has today announced that it has hired former NFL lineman Akim Millington as its Director of Virtual Reality Sports & Entertainment. READ MORE

StarPort to be One of the First VR Cross-Play Videogames

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Cross-play between various platforms has become a key part of videogame experiences over the past few years. Whether fans are transferring save data from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation Vita or using tablets to play against friends on PC, the feature has come to be expected in a number of titles. With a wide range of head-mounted displays (HMDs) on the way, virtual reality (VR) should be no exception to this rule. In fact, one of the first cross-play VR titles is on the way in the form of StarPort from indie studio Otherworld Interactive. READ MORE

VR Puzzle Shooter Kumoon Launches Greenlight Campaign

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Virtual reality (VR) technology is allowing for some unique innovations to be made within the puzzle genre. Many developers are using the new forms of control and added immersion provided by the technology to create entirely new mechanics. Finnish developer Lucky You Studio is looking to do that with its upcoming puzzle shooter, Kumoon. The title has this month launched a Steam Greenlight campaign, looking to gain enough votes to be sold on Valve’s digital store come launch. READ MORE