Alongside the release of Ready Player One’s film trailer, a sequel to the book has been confirmed by author Ernest Cline. Regardless if you’re in the fanboy camp or not, the trailer looks fun and should satisfy your sweet tooth for pop culture references… but what’s up with star Tye Sheridan’s leg on the the movie poster?
An upcoming feature film, Speed Kills, is releasing a large amount of 360° companion content-- an entire hour (although it’ll be distributed as 8 episodes). Although the actual video itself is unimpressive (and John Travolta’s immersive media debut), I found it interesting as an example of how 360° production was integrated into the traditional production process.
Sony recently reported that they’ve sold 2M+ PSVR units (and 70M+ PS4 consoles), and over 12M copies of PSVR games. The Japanese company also launched a small trial of a home trial program that allowed PS4 owners to trial a PSVR and then purchase it for a discount (sorry, guys-- the 1,400 demo spots filled up fast). Sony is also reportedly beta testing a virtual reality theater roomthis week with Japanese users… starting with a screening of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. // Related Stocks: Sony Corporation ($SNE)
Sundance just announced their immersive lineup for the New Frontier Program, including live performances and 20 VR/AR experiences… and two Artificial Intelligence-related creative projects, a first for AI at Sundance. Some pieces we’re looking forward to are SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime by Eliza McNitt and Chorus from Tyler Hurd and Chris Milk, Megan Ellison, and Justice. Want to dive into the highlights from Sundance 2017? Listen to Ep. 43 of the VRScout Report podcast here.
CrossCut Ventures raised $125M to invest in esports and gaming, including VR and AR startups in that space. After returning 4x from their $5M initial round in 2008, this is the fourth seed fund for CrossCut-- and this $125M new fund is bigger than combining their 3 prior funds together, indicating the hot interest in the sector.