VR/AR


VR content market set for 160% rise over next five years

The virtual reality (VR) content market will bring in over US$7 billion in 2025. While interest in VR has cooled in recent years, the introduction of cheaper headsets and the broadening accessibility of the medium will see a boost to the content market, claims a new report from Juniper research. The market is set to […]

Apple could extend free trial for Apple TV+ beyond one year

Apple is reportedly considering extending its free trial of SVOD Apple TV+. Ahead of its November 2019 launch, the company announced that new device purchasers would be entitled to a year’s free subscription to the service which runs at £4.99 per month, but fears that a significant number of subscribers will drop off has led […]

VR and AR headsets set for surge in shipments over first half of 2020s

Much of the hype around virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) may have cooled off in recent times, but advancements to technology and the release of glasses-like devices is predicted to lead to far greater sales and adoption. According to new figures from TrendForce, the market will see the shipment of 5.12 million units in 2020, […]

US broadcasters consider technology to fill gap left by fans in closed venue matches 

With professional sports set to be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, a number of top US broadcasters are looking to technology to fill the gap left by fans. According to a New York Post report, ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS and Turner Sports are all considering implementing VR technology to emulate the match […]

Apple reportedly buys NextVR

Apple is reportedly in the process of buying NextVR, a California tech firm which specialises in creating virtual reality experiences for sports and entertainment events. According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone maker is heavily invested in augmented reality and is in the process of designing a AR headset. The report notes that Apple is specifically interested […]

Qualcomm launches new 5G-enabled VR, AR reference design

Telco equipment firm Qualcomm has launched a new reference design for its virtual reality and augmented reality platform. Qualcomm said that the reference design provides a rough outline for building headsets for the 5G-enabled Snapdragon XR2 chipset. As per the XR2, the design includes support for 5G networks, which Qualcomm claims to be a first […]

Sony reportedly working on new VR headset

Sony is reportedly developing a new PlayStation VR headset to accompany its upcoming PS5 console. According to Bloomberg, the console maker is planning to launch an updated version of the PSVR unit which first launched in 2016. The report says it is currently unclear whether this would be a full-scale sequel to the original unit […]

Panasonic shows off lightweight UHD VR eyeglasses

Panasonic has revealed what it claims to be the world’s first HDR-capable UHD VR eyeglasses. Unveiled at CES, Panasonic is very particular in describing the device as eyeglasses as opposed to VR devices’ typical descriptor of ‘headset’. And this is for good reason, with the as-yet-unnamed product being closer in resemblance to a pair of […]

AR home shopping channel app launches

South Korean 5G service provider LG Uplus and augmented reality (AR) startup eyecandylab have announced the launch of U+AR Shopping. The new product will provide AR services for home shopping channels worldwide in what they claim to be a world-first.  Starting with GS Shopping and Home&Shopping in South Korea, viewers will be able to view […]

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