PlayStation VR surpasses 1 million units sold

Sony has now sold more than 1 million PlayStation VR headsets, the company announced today. The news follows a reveal back in February that the PSVR had topped 915,000 units sold since its debut last October. It puts PSVR ahead of direct competitors like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift — according to research firm SuperData, the two sold 420,000 and 243,000 units respectively by the end of 2016 — but still well back of Samsung’s Gear VR, which has sold more than 5 million units globally. Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, admits there’s still plenty of work to be done, especially given the large install base of PS4 owners, which is approaching 60 million. “It’s still just a million units,” he says.

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/5/15719382/playstation-vr-sony-sales-one-million

VR is coming to Apple Macs

Senior Vice President Craig Federighi confirmed that “Valve is bringing SteamVR to Mac.” Soon after, Industrial Light and Magic staffers demonstrated the first-ever native HTC Vive demo on a Mac system. An ILM tester dropped TIE Fighters, Imperial Cruisers, and Darth Vader into a Star Wars-themed world, using nothing more than an on-screen GUI controlled with HTC Vive wands.

Read more: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/06/steamvr-is-coming-to-mac-and-apple-says-it-will-actually-work/

Owlchemy Labs and Google join forces for the future of VR

Today is a REAAAALLY BIG day for Owlchemy. We’re positively thrilled to announce that Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google!

Continuing Owlchemy’s journey
We set out on a journey over six years ago to build the kinds of games we wanted to see exist. Over those years, we learned that Owlchemy, at its core, cares deeply about a few key things: building quality multi-platform games, solving tough problems with a small but absurdly talented team, sharing our learnings with the community, and Austin’s famous tacos. Now, as we look to the future with Google by our side, we couldn’t be happier. Our plan to build awesome things will continue forward stronger than ever.

Read more: http://owlchemylabs.com/owlchemy-labs-and-google-join-forces/

The first Gear VR ad shows the difficulty of selling virtual reality

Virtual reality is a technology that has to be experienced. It’s hard to explain to someone that you can put on a headset, look around and enjoy the illusion of being somewhere else. This advertisement for Samsung’s Gear VR tries to show off the experience using a few neat tricks, but mostly serves as an example of how hard it will be to get your average consumer interested in VR.

Read more: http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/27/7921637/gear-vr-oculus-samsung-advertisement

 

List of VR conferences worldwide 2017

Original Source: http://uploadvr.com/2017-vr-conference-expo-festival-schedule/

 

VR Now // February 13th

Berlin, Germany

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

ENGAGE: The LA Digital Storytelling Conference // February 15th

Culver City, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality Evolution // February 16

London, England

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Northeast Virtual Reality Conference // February 16th – February 17th

Stamford, Connecticut

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit // February 21st – February 23rd

Mandalay Bay; Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference // February 23rd

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School; Manchester, United Kingdom

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtuality // February 24th – February 26th

Paris, France

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

VRDC – Virtual Reality Developers Conference // February 27th – 28th

San Francisco, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Game Developers Conference (GDC) // February 27th – March 3rd

Moscone Center; San Francisco, California

Registration: (Exhibitor | Attendee)

Mobile World Congress // February 27th – March 2nd

Barcelona, Spain

Registration: (Exhibitor | Attendee)

Asia Amusements and Attractions Expo // March 8th – March 11th

China Import and Export Fair Complex; Guangzhou, China

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

South by Southwest (SXSW) // March 10th – March 19th

Austin, Texas

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Experiential Technology Conference & Expo (XTechExpo) // March 14th – March 15th

San Francisco, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers VR (IEEEVR) // March 18th – March 22nd

Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Laval Virtual // March 22nd – March 26th

Laval, France

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Silicon Valley VR Expo (SVVR) // March 29th – March 31st

San Jose Convention Center; San Jose, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Eurogamer Expo REZZED (EGX REZZED) // March 30th – April 1st

London, England

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

VR Arcade Conference // April 3rd – April 4th

Sunnyvale, Calfifornia

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality World Congress (VRWC) // April 11th – April 13th

Bristol, England

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality LA (VRLA) // April 14th – 15th

LA Convention Center; Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

TECHSPO at Sea // April 16th – April 23rd

Orlando, Florida (Cruise)

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Facebook Developer Conference (F8) // April 18th – April 19th

San Jose, California

Registration: Attendee

Tribeca Film Festival // April 19th – April 30th

New York, New York

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality Show // April 20th – April 22nd

Business Design Centre; London, England

Registration: Exhibit | Attendee

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) // April 22nd – April 27th

Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Vision VR/AR Summit  // May 1st – May 2nd

Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

FMX // May 2nd – May 5th

Stuttgart, Germany

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Consumer VR (CVR) // May 5th – May 7th

Vancouver Convention Center; Vancouver, Canada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Unite Tokyo // May 8th – 9th

Tokyo, Japan

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

TECHSPO New York / /May 8th – May 9th

New York, New York

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Unite Beijing // May 11th – 13th

Beijing, China

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

4th ARVR Innovate Conference  // May 11th

Dublin, Ireland

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

World VR Forum // May 11th – May 14th

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Unite Seoul // May 15th – 17th

Seoul, South Korea

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

VRWorld // May 16th – May 17th

Olympia, London

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

TECHSPO Toronto // May 18th – May 19th

Toronto, Canada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

International Conference on Virtual Reality (IVCR) // May 19th – May 22nd

Hong Kong, China

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

VR Cluster via Broadcast Asia // May 23rd – May 25th

Singapore

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

LDV Vision Summit // May 24th – May 25th

New York, New York

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Augmented World Expo (AWE) // May 31st – June 2nd

Santa Clara, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Augmented World Expo USA // June 1st-2nd

Santa Clara, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee [Available January 31st]

Web3D // June 5th – June 7th

Brisbane, Australia

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee [Information Not Yet Available]

Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) // June 7th – June 9th

Shanghai, China

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

InfoComm // June 10th – June 16th

Orlando, Florida

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) // June 13th – 14th

Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

VR & AR World // June 13th – June 15th

London, England

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

TECHSPO LA // June 14th – June 15th

Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation // June 19th – 22nd

Montreal, Canada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

VRToronto (VRTOC2017) // June 24th – June 26th

Toronto, Canada

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Sensors // June 27th – June 29th

San Jose, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Unite Amsterdam // June 27th – June 29th

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

Virtual Reality Summit – Seoul // June 28th – June 30th

Seoul, South Korea

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

SIGGRAPH // July 20th – August 3rd

Los Angeles, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Sidewalk Film Festival // August 24th – August 28th

Birmingham, Alabama

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Driving Simulation Conference (DSC) // September 6th – September 8th

Paris, France

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) // September 15th – September 17th

Toronto, Canada

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

TECHSPO Singapore // September 20th – September 21st

Singapore

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Eurogamer Expo (EGX) // September 21st – September 24th

Birmingham, England

Registration: Exhibitor | Ticket Not Yet Available

International Conference and Expo on Computer Graphics & Animation (CGA) // September 25th – September 26th

Berlin, Germany

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Unite Singapore // September

Singapore

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

Unite Austin // October 3rd – 5th

Austin, Texas

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

Virtual Reality Summit – Tokyo // October 3rd – October 6th

Tokyo, Japan

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

Unite Melbourne // October 22th – 23rd

Melbourne, Australia

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

VR Days // October 26th – October 28th

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality Strategy Conference (VRS) // October 2017

San Francisco, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality Software & Technology (VRST) // November 8th – November 10th

Gothenburg, Sweden

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) // November 8th – November 10th

Boston, Massachusetts

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

SIGGRAPH Asia // November 27th – 30th

Bangkok, Thailand

Registration: Exhibitor | Tickets Not Yet Available

Virtual Reality Expo (VRX) // December 7th – December 8th

San Francisco, California

Registration: Exhibitor | Attendee

Virtual Reality Summit – San Diego // December 2017

San Diego, California

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

VREvolution // TBD Fall

New York, New York

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

PlayStation Experience // TBD Fall

Location TBD

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

Unite India // TBD

Location TBD

Registration: Information Not Yet Available

 

Super Data Report: 6.3 Million Virtual Reality Headsets Shipped in 2016

A new report from Super Data offers new estimates for the market size of virtual reality in 2016, suggesting 6.3 million VR headsets were shipped in the whole of 2016.

Last year saw the launch of several high-end VR headsets complemented by new mobile offerings. The report, titled “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: 2016 Mobile and VR Games Year in Review,” is a compilation of information Super Data and Unity Technologies, though we clarified with Unity that they did not contribute to the estimates for VR headset data in the report.

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Read more: http://uploadvr.com/report-6-3-million-virtual-reality-headsets-shipped-2016/