REDWOOD CITY, CA and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 18, 2015) - AltspaceVR, a social virtual reality (VR) company, is now open. You can download the software for free to explore and share experiences in VR with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The potential growth and size of the VR market has attracted investments from industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Samsung, HTC and Microsoft. AltspaceVR is broadening the reach of VR to new consumer social and leisure activities, and enabling applications for business and education to communicate more effectively over distance. 

"We believe that virtual reality is a new communication medium," said AltspaceVR founder and CEO Eric Romo. "In AltspaceVR, you feel as if you are there with someone, even if they are thousands of miles away."

With AltspaceVR, people connect in shared virtual spaces and communicate verbally and with natural body language. Popular activities during previous AltspaceVR closed beta tests, which featured users from nearly fifty countries, included watching movies and TV shows on Netflix, cheering together during eSports tournaments on Twitch, and attending presentations by VR industry luminaries.

Technology breakthroughs

AltspaceVR advancements in user interface and user experience design are making virtual reality appealing and accessible for a wider audience. Motion sickness during locomotion, a problem for many in VR, has been essentially eliminated in AltspaceVR with click-to-teleport motion.

AltspaceVR is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems. The hardware-agnostic platform currently supports the Oculus Rift DK2, Leap Motion, Kinect for Windows, and Intel RealSense.

Special Events
To celebrate the platform's launch, AltspaceVR will be demonstrating new capabilities at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo (SVVR), May 18 & 19 in San Jose, where participants can connect with the brightest minds in VR, including representatives from AltspaceVR, AMD, Epic Games, Qualcomm, Valve, and many more.

On May 26 in AltspaceVR, explorer and volcano diver Sam Cossman will lead a guided tour of one of the world's most active lava lakes.

On May 29 AltspaceVR visitors can meet some of the best VR game developers for an inside look at the cutting edge of the industry.

For an updated schedule, visit AltspaceVR Events.

About AltspaceVR
Based in Redwood City, California, AltspaceVR, a social virtual reality company, enables people to communicate in the most natural and fulfilling way possible online.

Founded in 2013, investors include Dolby Family Ventures, Formation 8, Google Ventures, Lux Capital, Foundation Capital, Rothenberg Ventures, SV Angel, Haystack Fund, Tencent, Raine Ventures, Promus Ventures, Startcaps, Maven Ventures and Western Technology Investment.

Contact Information:

Media Contact:
Bill Bode
Highwire PR for AltspaceVR
(415) 943-4174 x 49