Pimax 8K backing passes US$3m in VR funding milestone

Virtual reality company Pimax claims to have the “most funded VR project on Kickstarter ever” after backing for its Pimax 8K headset passed US$3 million over the weekend. As of this morning, Pimax has received pledges of US$3.2 million for the Pimax 8K, far surpassing the US$2.4 million that Oculus originally raised on the crowd-funding […]

Facebook unveils standalone Oculus Go VR headset

Facebook has unveiled its first standalone virtual reality headset, Oculus Go, ushering in what it described as a “totally new phase of VR hardware”. Announcing the device at the Oculus Connect 4 event, Facebook-owned Oculus said that the new standalone headset category would bring “more freedom and accessibility to VR”. The Oculus Go will be […]

Report: Facebook plans US$200 Oculus VR headset

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch a wireless Oculus VR headset for US$200 next year, in a bid to reach a mass-market audience. According to a Bloomberg report the new device is being designed to bridge the gap between lower-priced smartphone-based VR headsets and PC-tethered devices like the Oculus Rift, which currently retails at US$400. […]

IHS Markit: VR install base to reach 91m in 2021

The global installed base of VR headsets is due to climb from 18 million in 2016 to 91 million in 2021, according to IHS Markit. Presenting stats at IHS Markit’s Media and Technology Conference in London yesterday, IHS Technology’s director of games research, Piers Harding-Rolls, said that smartphone VR would continue to hold a “significant […]

VR headset sales tipped to climb 79% in the US this year

US sales of virtual reality headsets are projected to reach 2.5 million units in 2017, up 79% compared to 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association. The CTA’s latest ‘US Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts’ report claims that virtual and augmented reality will be among the tech sector’s “overwhelming leaders” in year-on-year growth in 2017, […]

Google Daydream VR platform to launch this autumn

Google is set to launch a mobile VR platform this autumn that will encompass smartphones, a reference design for a headset and controller, and apps. Announcing the plans at the Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, Google’s vice-president of virtual reality Clay Bavor said that Daydream will include “all the ingredients you need […]