Local & Global VR News for the Week of January 25th, 2019

Each week we highlight 3 top stories from local and global VR/AR/MR news to help you stay on top of the trends.

  • Microsoft Partners With VictoryVR To Bring A VR Curriculum To Schools, As part of the deal, Microsoft is offering 25 hours worth of free VictoryVR content to schools that purchase a Windows VR headset. VictoryVR’s offerings include a virtual science book for students in grades 5 – 12. Its science units contain a variety of educational experiences such as virtual field trips and interactive games and experiences. In total it offers 240 unique VR experiences spread across 48 different units. You can see what the package includes in the video above.

  • GDC 2019 Survey: 33% Of VR Devs Working On Vive, 21% On Quest, On this year’s survey, the question “Which platform(s) are you *currently developing* games for?” saw 33 percent of VR/AR developers pick Valve/HTC followed by Rift at 30 percent. In addition, though, 21 percent of VR/AR developers said they were working on the still unreleased Oculus Quest. Developer kits for the $400 Quest aren’t available publicly so it’s a notable showing for the standalone VR system ahead of its launch. I should also add that the “Other” category was also selected by 42 percent of VR/AR developers.

  • Epic Game acquires SkookumScript dev Agog Labs and graphics firm 3Lateral, Agog Labs developed its scripting and direction solution following an Unreal Dev Grant in 2015, while 3Lateral is best known for its realistic animation of human character modelling.