VR


Oculus Quest will launch with YouTube

A native version of YouTube will be available on the Oculus Quest VR headset when it launches on May 21. As announced by the company in a blog post, the app will offer both traditional 2D and 360-degree videos. Google has historically taken its time in launching YouTube on third-party hardware. That Quest will have […]

BBC launches Doctor Who VR experience

The BBC has released a brand new Doctor Who virtual reality experience that allows fans to step inside the TARDIS. Launched on May 16, Doctor Who: The Runaway is a free short that is available on a range of VR headsets. Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whitaker reprises her role, and the experience features new original music […]

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 headset

Microsoft has unveiled its second-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft said that the HoloLens 2 has double the field of view of its predecessor, contains a new display system and eye-tracking sensors, and enables “direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use […]

BBC preps Doctor Who VR spin-off

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS. Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months. It was produced by […]

NTT Docomo develops 8K VR system for live video over 5G

NTT Docomo has developed what it claims to be the world’s first 8K 3D virtual reality (VR) system for live video streaming and viewing at 60 frames per second (fps) over 5G. The Japanese mobile operator said that viewers will be able to use head-mounted displays to experience music and sporting events in realistic 3D […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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