Survey: Nearly 80% of VR/AR/MR devs are making games

This month Virtual Reality Developers Conference officials released the second annual VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report, a cornucopia of insights from professionals involved in the development of virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences.

If you’re working in VR/AR/MR (or just thinking about making the jump) this report offers you some useful perspective on the rapidly-expanding, diverse and hard-to-measure VR/AR/MR industry – from sustainability of the market, to practical challenges, platform popularity, funding and more!

For more information and to download the report, download it for free here!

To give you a taste of what’s inside the full report, today we’d like to take the liberty of highlighting an especially striking finding about how big of a role game development plays in the burgeoning VR/AR/MR industry.

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15 VR, AR, and video game startups join MIT’s Play Labs summer tech accelerator

MIT has revealed the first round of VR ,AR, and video game-minded startups set to participate in its Play Labs tech accelerator this summer.

The program itself aims to jumpstart companies that use what MIT describes as ‘playful technology’ across a slew of industries, including in eSports and video game spheres.

For some developers, accelerators and incubators like the MIT Play Labs can be a useful way to gain access to beneficial funding and mentorship.

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Augmented reality startup CastAR has closed its doors

 

Augmented reality startup CastAR, which was founded by former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, has shut down.

According to a report from Polygon, the company has laid off the majority of its staff, pulled down the shutters on internal studio Eat Sleep Play, and closed its doors for good.

Polygon says former staffers reached out to confirm the news, and claims a small number of employees were retained to work on selling CastAR’s existing tech.

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Survey: 31% of VR/AR devs are working on a platform exclusive

Last week organizers of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference released the second annual VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report, a smorgasbord of insights from professionals involved in the development of virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences.

If you’re working in VR or thinking about making the jump, this report offers you some useful perspective on the rapidly-expanding, diverse and hard-to-measure VR/AR/MR industry – from sustainability of the market, to practical challenges, platform popularity, funding and more!

For more information and to download the report, download it for free here!

This year’s report comes in advance of the next highly anticipated standalone VRDC event, VRDC Fall 2017, which will take place in San Francisco from September 21-22, 2017 and will bring together creators of immersive experiences of all kinds—including games, entertainment, brand experience, healthcare, training, design, and more.

As an example of what you’ll get in the full report, today we’d like to highlight a particularly notable finding regarding how many developers are working on platform-exclusive VR or AR projects.

The answer, according to our results, is about a third — roughly 31 percent of survey respondents said their next project would be released exclusively on a single VR/AR/MR platform.

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It’s a me, M-AR-io recreated in AR

Developer Abhishek Singh recreated a life-size Super Mario Bros. level for Microsoft’s Hololens, and took to New York’s Central Park dressed as the plumber himself in order to test out how the 2D platformer fared in AR.

The experience was filmed entirely in HoloLens without any post-production and uploaded to YouTube, where unsuspecting citizens walked by as Singh stomped on Goombas.

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