AR+VR Weekly: New iPhones, a $3M VR game and terrifying AR floods

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: September 17

by Tom Emrich

Highlights

It’s been another busy week in AR+VR! In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: New iPhones, a $3M VR game and terrifying AR floods.

The biggest news this reporting period was of course the announcements made at the Apple event. Apple launched three new series of smartphones including the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max – the latter the largest screen size of any iPhone which will increase the FOV for mobile AR experiences. Apple put specific focus on its new A12 Bionic Chip which will power new immersive AR experiences and demoed two AR apps – a sports computer vision app called HomeCourt and a multiplayer AR version of Galaga on stage.

Meanwhile, Schell Games celebrated another huge revenue milestone for its popular VR game “I Expect You To Die”. The spy-themed puzzle game which holds a high rating across all stores has reached $3 million dollars in revenue across all platforms.

Finally, The Weather Channel used a very compelling broadcast AR technology to convey the very real dangers of rising floodwaters in the Carolinas due to Hurricane Florence.


Funding News

Canadian cinema giant Cineplex acquires ‘significant’ ownership of VR startup VRstudios (GeekWire)


Launch Announcements

Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR (ZDNET)

Apple debuts new A12 bionic chip to power new immersive AR experiences (ZDNET)

Sports iPhone AR app, HomeCourt, demoed on stage at the Apple Event (GeekWire)

Apple shows off fast-action Galaga AR multiplayer game (VentureBeat)

eBay debuts “HeadGaze” which tracks the user’s head movement with the iPhone X (MacRumors)

Wikitude SDK update can now track any surface using plane detection (Next Reality)

CareerBuilder’s mobile app uses AR and AI to help your job search (VentureBeat)

RMIT Online launches AR and VR courses using Amazon Sumerian (ZDNET)

The Void announces new Disney and Marvel hyper-reality experiences (Variety)

Lucyd Release Prescription Compatible Smart Glasses (VRFocus)

Shopify AR offers the tools to build augmented shopping experiences (Shopify)