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Fable Studio is Oculus Story Studio Reincarnated
After Oculus decided to shutter Oculus Story Studio, the team continued working on Wolves in the Walls, a VR miniseries based on a children’s book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Now that project has debuted at Sundance and represents the first project of a new independent company, Fable Studio, which is made up of former Story Studio artists. The studio also announced a slate of four new projects. The Oculus Blog has an interview with Co-Founder Pete Billington and Producer Jessica Shamash.
All the Windows MR headsets besides the Samsung Odyssey are on sale. Prices started out cut in half, but are slowly creeping up as the lower-cost sellers have sold out. Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP (the Dell is probably the best of these, so I personally grabbed one during the sale, but the HP’s price has not inflated like the others because it is in better supply).
I’m sorely tempted to back this Kickstarter for the Yaw VR portable motion base. It’s brilliant in the simplicity of its design, and looks like it can provide a pretty convincing illusion from just three electric motors.
Oculus funded five of the VR films featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Kent Bye tweet-stormed brief reviews of 24 of the showcased projects.
360 video training company STRIVR is helping the US Olympic Ski & Snowboard Team prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.