VR/AR


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 […]

Facebook unveils Oculus Quest VR headset

Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled Oculus Quest, a virtual reality headset that it is billing as its first all-in-one VR gaming system. Oculus Quest, which was called Santa Cruz during its development phase, will offer six degrees of freedom and touch controllers – with no PC, wires or external sensors required. The device was unveiled at […]

Jaunt appoints new CEO as Kliavkoff exits

Jaunt, the VR and AR company backed by the likes of Sky, Disney and ProSiebenSat.1, has upped its vice president of global business development and strategy, Mitzi Reaugh, to CEO. Reaugh is due to take up her new role on October 1 and will succeed George Kliavkoff, who is stepping down as CEO to take […]

Firefox Reality VR and AR web browser goes live

Mozilla’s mixed reality team has launched Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets. Firefox Reality was designed to move seamlessly between the 2D and the immersive web and is available now in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores. The browser supports voice searches and Mozilla […]

Sky launches latest VR experience

Sky has launched its latest VR experience, a tie-in to new Sky One drama A Discovery of Witches. The VR experience premiered earlier this month as part of the virtual reality section of the Venice Film Festival earlier this month and was on display over the weekend at London Waterloo for viewers to try. Speaking […]

Jaunt acquires AR streaming technology from US-based Personify

Disney, Sky and ProSieben-backed VR and AR company Jaunt has acquired a volumetric streaming software system from US-based Personify. Jaunt has acquired Personify’s ‘Teleporter’ line of business, including key staff, intellectual property, and four pending patents developed around the Teleporter technology. The Teleporter software system is designed to capture, processes and stream life-like augmented reality […]

IDC: global VR headset shipments drop by a third in Q2

Virtual reality headset shipments took a “sharp decline” year-on-year in Q2 2018, though the outlook for the market remains positive, according to IDC. The research firm’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ recorded a 33.7% drop in global headset shipments in the second quarter but predicted this to be a “temporary setback as […]