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Players of Niantic's Harry Potter Wizards Unite at a Niantic-sponsored event in Indianapolis in 2019. Image: Niantic

Niantic’s Lightship Lifts Off, Vive Reveals New Headsets

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Photo: Players of Niantic's Harry Potter Wizards Unite at a Niantic-sponsored event in Indianapolis in 2019. Image: Niantic

Pokémon Go maker Niantic is expanding developer access to the platform that powers its games, a move that could spur more AR development by letting outside developers work with the company’s technology. It’s a big step forward for the company as it seeks to build on the success of its games toward being a major provider of essential AR software.

Today, Niantic rebranded its “Real World Platform” technology as Niantic Lightship, a change accompanied by the release of new features and a move into beta access. In an interview with The Information, Niantic’s vice president of product management, Kei Kawai, said that Niantic plans to onboard developers with Lightship on a rolling basis, from now through its eventual release to the general public.

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