Virtual reality


CCS: VR and AR device sales to drop in 2018 despite long-term promise

Sales of virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will decline year-on-year in 2018 before returning to growth in 2019, according to a new forecast by CCS Insight. The research firm said that there is still “significant work” to be done to improve the user experience, software platforms and content availability of VR and AR, […]

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 […]

Oculus TV service launches, Go headset rolls out in Europe

Facebook-owned virtual reality (VR) company Oculus has launched its Oculus TV service and rolled out its new Oculus Go headset to Europe and Canada. Oculus TV offers viewers an immersive way to access shows, movies, and more on the Oculus Go and was first announced at Facebook’s F8 developers conference in May. Pre-orders for the […]

PwC: VR the fastest growing segment of UK media sector

Virtual reality is the fastest growing segment of the UK’s entertainment and media sector and will be worth more than £1.2 billion by 2022, according to PwC predictions. PwC’s latest Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 estimates that the UK virtual reality (VR) market will grow at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34% over […]

NextVR to deliver VR NBA Final highlights

Virtual reality platform provider NextVR has partnered with NBA Digital for the second year running to offer on-demand VR game highlights of the 2018 NBA Finals. Fans will be able to access highlights from the NBA Finals channel within the NextVR app the day after each game of the basketball finals. NextVR said that a […]

BBC to run ‘first-come, first-serve’ UHD trial during World Cup

The BBC has announced two “cutting edge” trials that will see it bring this summer’s FIFA World Cup live to viewers in ultra high definition (UHD) and virtual reality (VR). All 29 World Cup matches that the BBC is due to broadcast on BBC One will also be available in UHD and high dynamic range […]

Qualcomm unveils first dedicated VR and AR chipset

Mobile technology giant Qualcomm has unveiled what it describes as the world’s first dedicated ‘extended reality’ (XR) chipset in the run-up to the Augmented World Expo. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 platform is designed to open the way for manufacturers to create affordable dedicated virtual and augmented reality devices. The chipset is the first to be made […]

AMC International Southern Europe to distribute VR content

AMC Networks International Southern Europe has made a deal with Rooftop Immersive Studio to aggregate and distribute VR content. Rooftop will aggregate VR content on a monthly basis from a wide range of genres with a focus on documentaries and factual VR experiences for AMC’s factual brand Odisea/Odisseia. Rooftop Content Group, the Amsterdam based international […]

Facebook launches Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Facebook has launched its new Oculus Go standalone virtual reality headset in a move that many observers hope will kickstart mass adoption of VR. The Oculus Go costs US$199 in the US – with the same price point in sterling for the UK market – for a version with 32GB of onboard storage and US$249 […]

Channel 4 orders Grenfell Tower VR original from Parable

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest after […]

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