AR+VR Weekly: VR shipments down 33.7%, Unity behind two-thirds of AR+VR content & AWE & Digi-Capital join forces

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news & launch announcements for the week of September 10

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: VR shipments down 33.7%, Unity behind two-thirds of AR+VR content and AWE & Digi-Capital join forces.

IDC’s latest report shows worldwide VR shipments saw a 33.7% drop in Q2 of 2018 which they believe is more a correction based from last year’s numbers which were “artificially propped up” by cheaper mobile-dependent VR devices. The same report showed standalone VR headsets grew 417.7% during the quarter thanks to Oculus and Xiamoi headsets.

Meanwhile, Unity’s CEO John Riccitiello stated at an event in San Francisco that around two-thirds of all VR and AR applications were built inside the Unity Engine.

Finally, XR giants AWE & Digi-Capital have joined forces to bring AR & VR data and analytics to the XR community. This official partnership sees the launch of a joint survey which will produce four annual XR reports specific to the USA, Europe, China and Israel regions.

Funding news

Jaunt acquires Teleporter, Personify’s real-time 3D AR asset streamer (VentureBeat)

Facebook, T-Hub conclude India Innovation Hub Accelerator Program (The News Minute)

Meet SelfieCircus and 8 more in Snapchat’s new startup accelerator (TechCrunch)

Launch Announcements

HTC Vive opens up its VR store to Oculus Rift users (The Verge)

Snap launches new styles of Spectacles that look more like traditional sunglasses (The Verge)

‘The New York Times’ Introduces First Volumetric AR Experience At Fashion Week (MediaPost)

Facebook and Universal integrate AR into Jurassic World (VentureBeat)

The Imaginarium partners with Magic Leap (Hollywood Reporter)

Pizza Hut Features Augmented Reality In NFL Kickoff Campaign (MediaPost)

Warner Bros. Conjures ‘The Nun’ Snapchat AR Lens to Scare Up Ticket Sales (Next Reality)

KLM Packs AR Suitcase into iPhone App to Help Passengers Check Luggage (Next Reality)

VRrOOm XR Platform Launched at Venice Film Festival (VRFocus)