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Silver Lake Invests $400 Million in Unity

Unity Engine

Private equity firm Silver Lake has agreed to a $400 million investment in Unity Technologies, said John Riccitiello, chief executive officer of the gaming software maker. The investment values the San Francisco-based company, which makes development tools for video-game creators, at $2.6 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. Regulators still need to approve the deal, Riccitiello said. The financing follows on the heels of the company’s last round, closed just 10 months ago, in which the company had raised $181 million from investors led by DFJ Growth. Other of Unity’s earlier investors include China Investment Corporation, FreeS Fund, Thrive Capital, WestSummit Capital, serial entrepreneur Max

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Breaking, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, Google, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

YouTube Realizes VR is The Future

As a part of a broader push, YouTube is now working on making its virtual reality app a more social experience. During Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the video site announced that the VR users will be able to watch VR videos together while in its VR app. Not far away from a movie theater experience, the goal is that a viewer is put together with a small group of friends that can sync up videos to watch together simultaneously and talk to each other about what’s going on. At the bottom of the screen, users see which of their friends is in the “room,”

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Analysis, Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Learning to Run Again: Why VR Isn’t a Natural Companion to eSports

Much like social media, virtual reality (VR) is a trend term that is suddenly appearing everywhere. There’s applications for the technology in fields as disparate as healthcare (training surgeons, distracting people in pain), motoring (Ford lets prospective buyers test drive in VR, you can now configure an Audi or even a Pagani hypercar in VR), and tourism, in which holidaymakers can view their destination in its full glory before they even get there. Perhaps inevitably, the debate around what VR can do next has also touched on eSports, a new, highly popular breed of competitive video gaming. The International First, there’s an obvious rebuttal to

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Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, HTC, News, Nvidia, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

HTC VIVE Evolves to a Subscription Model

Since its launch, VR gear makers struggled to gain mainstream acceptance. It is normal to buy or lease a car for a few hundred dollars a month, to own a thousand dollar phone with a monthly pay-off plan, but such clever price-reducing strategies were not the part of HTC or Oculus strategies and we all know what happened afterwards. Both HTC and Oculus were grilled for being too expensive, instead of being an “iPhone” of the VR industry. HTC (finally) understood that its success in the smartphone space relied on the subscription options, and as such started to push. Let’s mention and that since January,

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Can Baahubali and its VR Experience Break Bollywood into Mainstream?

There’s no denying that the Indian movie industry is one of world’s leading cinemas, and one of most productive industries in the world. The amount of Bollywood movies that are coming out is just staggering, and easily beats Chinese or the American production capabilities. However, the need to support multiple languages (Hindu, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu – barely any English) caused strain on the budgets, limiting the directors vision. Enter Baahubali Series, with the second movie breaking all the domestic and global records for an Indian-made movie. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion opened on a record number of theaters in India, numbering more than 7,000 screens. That is

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Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, HTC, News, Oculus, , Sony, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Playstation Timed Exclusive Batman Arkham VR Comes to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

There are not many areas that DC Comics’ Batman character has not conquered in his storied life. From comics to movies to games and television shows, Batman is one of the few DC Comics properties that is almost guaranteed to be a success. Now Batman is taking over virtual reality with Batman Arkham VR on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Putting on the cape and cowl to bust heads has never been so immersive. What is interesting about this new game is the possibilities that it will give fans. For the first-time fans will be able to really “feel” like they are Batman. The level

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Exclusive, Gaming, Hardware, Internet, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Computing, News, Opinion, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Magic Leap Could be a Great Strategic Acquisition

Since Magic Leap’s inception in 2011, there has been great innovation in the technology sector focused in the virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) space with Magic Leap trying to create a new hardware interface designs. However over the last 6 years, Magic Leap has continually run into issues with its product pipeline causing critics to swarm on the perceived failure of the company. Company culture has been on attack with allegation of misogyny and discrimination towards women. The company is at a crossroads and must pick a new direction to sustain its survival. Magic Leap has pivoted its business model on multiple occasions

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Companies, Entertainment, Gaming, News, , startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality and a New Breed of Casual Games

When you hear the term “virtual reality”, the first thing that most likely pops into your mind is “video games”. But not just any video games – totally immersive environments built around the player, offering an experience that can only be exceeded by actually performing the same acts in real life. It’s easy to imagine first-person shooters, racing games, flight simulators and their likes to be played in a totally immersive environment… but what about casual games? Will the emergence of virtual reality change the way we play these simple and entertaining titles? Virtual casinos show the way Casino games are the textbook examples of

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, VR World

AMD Launches Polaris Refresh, Wants to Make World VR Ready

After a series of leaks, AMD finally launched a refresh – or a rebrand – or their Polaris GPU product family. Some minor tweaks enabled Polaris 10 became Polaris 20, and so on, and so forth. The products launching today are Radeon RX 550, 560, 570 and 580. As AMD states, the new line-up is designed to further reduce the barrier of entry to VR capable i.e. “VR Ready” hardware, enable performance at higher resolutions such as 2560×1440 or 3440×1440 etc. Gamers should be able to stream their titles, and achieve great frame rate in the most played titles of today and hopefully tomorrow. According to AMD,

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion, Virtual Reality (VR)

Sofa Sports and the Rise of Live Gaming

Just two decades ago, if somebody prophesized that reality TV would have the lion’s share of airtime on some channels, a job posting for a soothsayer wouldn’t be too far behind. There’s something bizarre about tuning in to watch others do things we’re capable of doing ourselves, not so much the pro sports of this world but the bundling everybody in the same house (Real World) expanded to sitting on sofas (Big Brother) or partying (Jersey Shore), and the arguing that typifies an hour with the Kardashians. Thus, the question present itself – are eSports and the popular forms of entertainment – actual sports themselves? Twitch

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Luxor transforming LAX club into eSports Arena

Last week, Las Vegas released a report showing a breakdown in visitor profiles. While there’s no doubt that Vegas is going through a renaissance, with numerous international visitors flying in directly (there are even rumors that Singapore Airlines will restart a direct flight to Las Vegas), the biggest growth is coming from 18-35 year olds, also known as “millenials”. It seems that just over a third of Las Vegas’ nearly 43 million tourists last year were millennials, who are drawn into a new form of entertainment. In order to address the need for new generation of content, MGM Resorts revealed plans for a multi-level eSports arena

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Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, VR World

First NVIDIA TITAN Xp Reviews Come Online

Last week’s announcement of Titan Xp, with a fully unlocked GP102 core caught many by surprise. The news from Taiwan speak that the reason for the launch is the improvement in yields coming from TSMC. According to the sources we spoke with, both GP100 and GP102 are now bringing in yields above 60% range, meaning that NVIDIA no longer needs to sell every second die as a cut down. In what is bad news for owners of Titan X (Pascal) that launched last August, who paid $1200 for what is now an inferior product bearing almost the same name, NVIDIA decided to refresh the Titan with the best

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Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Is gambling ready for VR?

Whether the gamers like it or not; their conventional consoles and PC’s now face stiff competition from the emerging giant that is Augmented and Virtual Reality. The totally immersive gaming systems are set to revolutionize the way we play video games but are they also set to affect other parts of the gaming spectrum; gambling for example? We’ve touched on this subject a few times now, and regardless of how one could feel about it – the key to mass market acceptance are exactly applications which could be considered “adult only”, such as live entertainment such as Nanai or gambling. As we all know, betting projects such

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Breaking, Business, Gaming, Hardware, News, VR World

Meet The One, Corsair’s First PC System

In 2016, we saw the departure of a seasoned executive from GigaByte to Corsair. That transfer would not be odd if it was not for that person being the spiritual leader behind the BRIX line of mini-PC’s. Having Colin join Corsair, we believed that the time for an ultimate compact gaming PC would not be too far away, and the result is now public. Known as the Corsair One, this is the first complete computer system from a popular peripheral manufacturer. It is a take on the living room PC market, coming after the compact Bulldog PC concept (aka Steam machine). Corsair stated that the

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Apple, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, iOS, OSx, Virtual Reality (VR)

Apple Macs and Virtual Reality could have a Happy Ending

It’s the gaming revolution that had everyone talking in 2016, but are we really moving towards a virtual reality (VR) world? Well, according to research from Deloitte, VR is now a “billion dollar niche“. Reviewing the state of the market and making predictions on its potential progress back in 2016, the accounting and professional services firm calculated that hardware sales of $700 million would be bolstered by $300 million in content sales. As impressive as this and similar assessments have been, VR isn’t quite the full package. As is often the case, Apple users have been forced to watch from the outside in recent months.

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eSports Gains Mainstream Acceptance in the The New (Virtual) Reality

From its humble beginnings, competitive gaming or eSports for short has become a mainstream stay. Regardless of are you or watching TV in Germany, entering a Business Class lounge in Istanbul, Turkey – you’ll see League of Legends or a similar eSports title playing on one of the screens, and even two gaming systems plus the consoles. Move to the United States, and you’ll see eSports players even being betted on, with services such as UNIKRN. Draftkings and Fan Duel need no introduction. ESPN today has an eSports channel… and yet, all of this pales in comparison to the destination I am currently heading to.

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Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

How VR is Evolving All Forms of Gaming

If there is one thing that gamers can be sure about right now, it is that we are going through a golden age of gaming. With consoles getting better and better, the PC showing the cutting edge of technology, and mobile gaming showing so much potential, the future is very bright. If one thing is pushing gaming to the next level, it is arguably VR. Technology has finally caught up with the potential of what Virtual Reality can do, and while most games may feel a little like technology demonstrations they do prove that the new headsets work. With the likes of Resident Evil 7,

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and FCAT VR Are Coming

After several months of anticipation and speculation, NVIDIA finally unveiled the “Ti” version of GeForce GTX 1080. First used on a GeForce 2 Ti some 17 years ago, a monstrous new graphics card that outperforms even the much desired Titan X (Pascal). While the launch was not a surprise thanks to a heap of leaks, its release window and price caught many by surprise; “next week” and (only) $699. The “ultimate GeForce” GPU, as CEO Jen-Hsun Huang called it, will offer up to 1.6GHz boost clocks and an special “OC” clock of 2GHz, the company said during the launch event in San Francisco. The GeForce GTX

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Entertainment, Gaming, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

VR Casino Gaming Has Arrived

Thanks to digital casino developing giants NetEnt; by the end of 2017 players will be able to completely immerse themselves in the world’s first VR digital slot. The concept of Virtual Reality casinos has been discussed since the technology was first conceptualized and they are finally here for all to see. Virtual Reality has been touted as the next big step in immersive gaming but early applications have been predominantly geared towards the video gamers rather than the online casino customers. The demand for VR is expected to be enormous and the forthcoming NetEnt VR slot only adds to the anticipation. NetEnt are in the testing

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Is IMAX VR the Ultimate VR Experience?

For more than 45 years, The IMAX Corporation was synonymous with the ultimate experience in enjoying the art of film. IMAX believes in VR and needs it to be a new rush, future of the movie theaters. The long-awaited IMAX VR Experience Center opened in Los Angeles, at the first of six Arcade locations opening around the globe. In our conversation with senior executives, we learned that IMAX is aware that in its current form, VR is not ready to become mainstream format for consumption of movies. Cameras, content are not there, and the best ways to consume VR content needs to be created. The

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