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AltspaceVR Courts Developers for Its Virtual Reality Platform

Social virtual reality (VR) startup AltspaceVR released tools for third-party developers Thursday to help them build VR experiences based on the company’s platform. The new AltspaceVR software development kit makes it possible to build VR experiences with little more than some Javascript.

Developers can also port existing web applications to AltspaceVR. “Whether you have a game, hobby project, architectural model, museum exhibit, art gallery, retail store, or something else entirely, AltspaceVR offers a way to reach your audience online in the most natural and effective way possible – VR,” said AltspaceVR founder Gavan Wilhite.

AltspaceVR is a social VR platform that allows users to meet each other in virtual spaces, including a a Zen-inspired tea garden, a desert island and a futuristic movie theater. Users can talk to each other, browse websites, watch movies or play games together.

Earlier this week, AltspaceVR announced that it is extending support of its platform beyond the oculus Rift headset to also support the HTC Vive and Samsung’s Gear VR.

The company recently raised $10 million from Comcast Ventures and others, and now plans to give some of that money to third-party developers: AltspaceVR is awarding up to $150,000 to developers as part of a grants program to encourage the use of its software development kit.

AltspaceVR isn’t the only company looking to bring a social component to virtual reality. Linden Lab, the maker of Second Life, is also working on a next-generation interactive VR world that is currently code-named Project Sansar.

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