VR/AR


ByteDance acquires VR maker Pico

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has acquired Chinese VR headset maker Pico.  The deal was confirmed to CNBC by ByteDance, and sees the company make its first foray into virtual reality.  In a statement, ByteDance said: “[Pico’s] comprehensive suite of software and hardware technologies, as well as the talent and deep expertise of the […]

Oculus Quest 2 drives VR shipments

Facebook led the way for VR shipments in the first quarter of the year. While enthusiasm for virtual reality has dipped in recent years, the market experienced a surge in interest when Facebook-owned Oculus released its standalone Oculus Quest 2 headset in late 2020 at a high quality and low cost.  The launch saw standalone […]

Welcome to the world of 360-degree video

Meet Emily. She and her family have all been working remotely from home for the last 14 months, including several lockdown periods. Finally, they’ve all had their COVID-19 vaccines and Emily is looking for a sunny holiday destination for the late summer. She usually prefers vacationing by the sea under the blue Mediterranean sky. Emily […]

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, […]

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 […]