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Following an initial roll-out, Crytek's VR First initiative is adding seven new university labs in the U.S. and Canada.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 15, 2016

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Crytek's VR First university research initiative has added partners providing hardware and other help - specifically AMD, Leap Motion, OSVR, and Razer. 

Launched back in January, VR First seeks to promote grassroots research and development in virtual reality by opening new development facilities at academic institutions around the world. 

These new VR labs will give students access to VR development-grade PCs and unnamed VR headsets, as well as full CryEngine source code access.

The first VR First lab opened at Istanbul's Bahçeşehir University earlier this year, and now, with the backing of its new partners, Crytek plans to open seven new labs in the U.S. and Canada.

"It has been exciting to see the level of interest VR First has attracted from technology leaders and universities around the world since the initiative launched less than two months ago." said Crytek’s senior business development manager, Ferhan Özk.

If all goes well, you can expect to see VR labs opening at Carleton University, California State University Monterey Bay, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of Southern California – School of Cinematic Arts, and Vancouver Film School in the near future.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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