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Updates » VR
Sponsored: Designing architecture to support cross-platform play  
by Bruce Brown, Peter Chapman [04.12.18]
Experts from the Amazon GameLift team take an informative deep-dive into the architecture of cross-platform multiplayer games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Sponsored Article

VR social network vTime secures $7.6M investment  
by Chris Kerr [04.12.18]
The freemium app is pitched as a VR sociable network that lets users create personalized avatars and socialize with friends across a library of virtual environments. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Ex-PlayStation and Activision directors form Maze Theory VR studio  
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.18]
The new London-based studio was formed through a partnership with the Output Group by longtime industry veterans Mark Hardy and Geoff Heath
VR

Leap Motion reveals open-source North Star AR headset  
by Alissa McAloon [04.09.18]
Leap Motion says the headset can be produced for under $100 at scale. The company plans to open-source both the headset and its related software next week.
VR

Blog: The importance of knowing your inheritance, as a game dev 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.18]
Game dev Soren Johnson (Offworld Trading Company) writes about why it's important for game makers to understand what their work inherits from the past.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: A WiLD eSports Mario Approaches  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.07.18]
This week's highlights include the current fate of Michel Ancel's WiLD, a 'state of eSports' profile, Super Mario RPG archival interview goodness, & much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

HTC launching $1,100 starter kit to trim $150 off Vive Pro buy-in 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.03.18]
HTC is adding a new purchasing option for those looking to pick up a Vive Pro that bundles the headset and required accessories like controllers and base stations together for $1,100.
VR

Sponsored: How Arm is solving mobile game development's big 3 challenges  
by Arm [04.02.18]
At GDC 2018, find out how Arm is addressing what it calls the "holy grail of mobile game development."
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: Guns, Water & The Nintendo King  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.01.18]
This week's longform article highlights include musings on guns in games, a postmortem of Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, & a profile of a top retro YouTuber, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How a focus on 'realism' hamstrung the Until Dawn dev's VR shooter  
by Alex Wawro [03.28.18]
"We intended and expected to mimic the established conventions for first-person shooters and, where relevant, VR," a dev told Eurogamer. "But the studio blocked any design that wasn't 'realistic'."
VR, Design, Production

GDC celebrates record-breaking attendance and confirms 2019 dates!  
by Staff [03.28.18]
The 32nd edition of GDC is over, and in its wake organizers confirm it hosted over 28,000 attendees (a new record!) and will return next year the week of Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sony cuts price of PlayStation VR Camera bundle by $100  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.18]
Sony has cut the price of its PlayStation VR Camera Bundle by $100, meaning would-be virtual reality explorers can now get their hands on the bundle for $299.99. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

One Life Left x GDC podcast: Representation, storytelling, and war  
by Staff [03.26.18]
In the second GDC x One Life Left show, we talk about space, representation, storytelling, and war over 90 minutes of scintillating chat.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: We're Through The GDC Valley  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.25.18]
This week's longform article & video highlights include plenty of GDC standouts, as well as a fascinating profile of Stardew Valley's creator. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Crytek partners with PlayFusion to bring mixed reality tools to CryEngine  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.18]
PlayFusion has developed a variety of artificial intelligence and robotics technologies that can be used to create mixed reality experiences. 
VR, Business/Marketing

One Life Left x GDC podcast: PlayerUnknown, pro wrestling, and positive death  
by Staff [03.23.18]
Gabby DaRienzo, Brendan Greene, and other incredible guests join One Life Left's Ste Curran & Ann Scantlebury & Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft as they bring the best bits of GDC 2018 to you.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video, GDC

HTC to launch standalone Vive Focus headset outside of China  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.18]
The headset had previously only been made available in China, but HTC now wants to put it in the hands of developers and consumers around the world.
VR, Business/Marketing, GDC

Oculus introduces hardware reports so devs can make 'data-driven decisions'  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
Oculus devs will no longer have to rely on third-party applications and data providers to find out how their apps are faring on various platforms. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Using data to look at what VR games get right (and wrong) about accessibility  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Devs are still figuring out VR and, as Owlchemy Labs’ Andrew Eiche and Cy Wise explained, that makes now the perfect time to figure out how to design in a way that addresses accessibility issues.
VR, Design

Unreal Engine 4 adds Magic Leap One support  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Unreal Engine 4 developers can now create for Magic Leap’s Magic Leap One mixed reality headset thanks to recently added Lumin SDK support.
VR, GDC