VR


British Airways to trial VR on flights  

Airline British Airways has announced a trial of VR entertainment on select first class flights from London Heathrow and New York’s JFK.  Until the end of the year, the company has paired with VR eyewear specialist SkyLights (an alumni of British Airways’ parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up scheme) to enjoy a range of films, […]

SK Telecom launches 5G, AR, and VR Services for esports

South Koeran telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of three separate services dedicated to esports.  The 5G, AR and VR services have been launched with a view to “offer a more realistic and immersive experience when watching esports games”. The first, ‘Jump AR’’ is an augmented reality service provides users with a ‘virtual portal’ […]

Amazon launches VR video app

Amazon has launched its first dedicated Prime Video VR app. Prime Video VR is available for Oculus Quest, Go, Rift and Gear VR devices, and comes at no extra cost for Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK and US. The full library of Prime Video content, including titles such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Good […]

AR and VR headsets return to growth

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets saw an upturn in Q1 2019, following a year of decline. According to IDC, shipments of the headsets reached 1.3 million, up 27.2% from the same quarter last year.  This growth is thanks to a surge in shipments of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) and tethered […]

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 […]

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