VR/AR


Oculus Quest tipped to sell 1.3m units in 2019

Facebook-owned Oculus’ forthcoming all-in-one VR headset, the Oculus Quest, will sell 1.3 million units this year according to projections by SuperData, a Nielsen company. The research firm noted “high consumer interest” in the device, which was unveiled at the Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) conference in September and is due to launch in spring 2019, priced […]

CreativeXR: new round of immersive UK content funding announced

Digital Catapult and Arts Council England have opened the next round of immersive content funding via their CreativeXR programme. CreativeXR has put out an open call for creative, consumer-facing experiences enabled by virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. These could include art pieces, cultural experiences and new forms of interactive entertainment or storytelling. Twenty successful […]

Juniper: 100m mobile VR devices to access games by 2023

More than 100 million mobile VR devices – including smartphone and standalone headsets – will access games globally by 2023, up from 52 million devices in 2019, according to Juniper Research. Juniper’s ‘Virtual Reality Markets: Innovation, Disruption and Future Prospects 2019-2023’ report argues that the development of smartphone VR content is essential for increasing consumer […]

HTC Vive unveils two new VR headsets

HTC Vive unveiled two new virtual reality headsets, along with new software and content offerings, on the eve of CES. The new Vive Pro Eye adds eye-tracking to the high-end Vive Pro headset, allowing users to access gaze-oriented menus without using controllers. Targeted at professional VR users, the new device is due to launch in […]

Sling TV, ESPN, Fox Now launch on Oculus Go

Sling TV, ESPN and Fox Now are all now available on Oculus Go virtual reality headsets via the Oculus Store and Oculus TV app in the US. Users can log in with their Sling TV account, subscribe directly to ESPN+ for US$4.99 per month, or tune in to Fox shows from a virtual living room. At the […]

UK government to examine the development of VR and AR

The UK government is due to examine the development of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, looking at the impact these could have on sport, entertainment and news. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee has launched an inquiry that will look at growth areas like immersive media, VR and […]

ABI lowers VR forecast citing consumer-market malaise

ABI Research has lowered its installed base forecast for virtual reality devices to just over 140 million by 2023, claiming that the consumer VR space has “entered a malaise”. The research firm said that while there is ongoing traction in the enterprise VR market, its 140m figure is contingent on mobile VR “turning things around” […]

IDC: VR headset returns to growth after four quarters of decline

The virtual reality headset market returned to growth in Q3 2018 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined VR and AR device market, according to IDC. The research firm said that global shipments for VR headsets reached 1.9 million units in the third quarter, up 8.2% year-on-year, as […]

BBC launches first VR comedy experience for People Just Do Nothing

The BBC has unveiled its first ever virtual reality comedy film – a VR spin-off of BBC Three series People Just Do Nothing. The five-minute VR film puts the viewer at the centre of a scene featuring the characters of the comedy series, which focuses on fictitious pirate radio station Kurupt FM. In the VR […]

Oculus founder: existing VR hardware not good enough to go mainstream

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has claimed that “no existing or imminent VR hardware is good enough to go truly mainstream, even at a price of $0.00”. In a post on his personal blog titled ‘Free isn’t cheap enough,” Luckey, who parted ways with Oculus’ parent company Facebook last year, claimed that hardware sales are a […]

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