The outlook for VR in 2017: Hardware, content, and going beyond gaming long term

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Having worked through 2016 with businesses and investors on the opportunities and risks of VR, it is clear to me that we are still in the foothills of the eventual impact of VR on a range of industries and business models.  Whilst fully realising the potential of VR will take years, even decades, I can make four predictions that are likely to be true in 2017:

Computer games will be a big winner in the short term

VR in computer gaming is an attractive theme for investors because this...

By Nick Field, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Ecosystems, Gaming, Hardware.

Finch to showcase kit at CES to “accelerate mobile VR revolution”

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As the new year begins, it’s not a surprise that the vast majority of news will be around the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – and this particular piece of news has come out before the event has even begun.

Virtual reality start-up Finch will showcase its Mobile Virtual Reality (VR) Kit based...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware, Platforms.

Why China may be the next big virtual reality market

Virtual reality has already begun to change the way we buy products, consume entertainment and even the way that we educate.

The potential returns in this sector are immense, and I believe one of the biggest business opportunity created by this technology is in the lucrative Chinese market. China’s growing and affluent middle class have already embraced mobile technology and eCommerce.

They are now ready to welcome the VR revolution, creating exciting new opportunities across a range of...

By Dr Johnny Hon, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Amazon UK lists pre-order page for Oculus Touch controllers

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Retailers around the world are getting ready for the Oculus Touch launch - and here in the UK, Amazon has just made a pre-order page live.

The page, which is still live, says the controllers will be £189.99 and have a release date of 23 November. This is in line with another pre-order page by German retailer Media Markt which said last month the controllers would come in at about...

By Rachael Power, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Google announces Daydream View apps and headset

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Google’s announced its first Daydream-ready smartphones, as well more info on its self-made Daydream View headset.

The tech giant also confirmed 30 experiences that will be ready to go when the headset launches.

Vice president of virtual reality at Google Clay Bavor outlined the £69 Daydream View headset in further detail in a blog post this week.

The company has...

By Rachael Power, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Bitmore launches affordable VR viewer with bluetooth remote

UK tech product firm Bitmore has launched an upgraded version of its virtual reality headset, the Bitmore Eye VR.

Version two is on sale at the budgetable price of £19.99 and comes with a bluetooth remote control that connects to your smartphone.

As you may have guessed, it's more of a VR viewer that works with your smartphone, rather than a tethered or standalone fully-VR headset. 

While some may be content with using the Google Cardboard to experience 360 video or other VR apps and games,...

By Rachael Power, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

UK consumers think VR headsets are too expensive, survey says

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Oculus Rift launches in the UK this week, but the price may be a barrier to consumers adopting the tech, according to a survey by IT market analysis firm CONTEXT.

While 23% said they would see themselves using a headset once or twice per month, 40% said VR headsets are too expensive.

About a third of the 2,500 consumers surveyed said they would pay about £100 to £200 for a headset, and 21% said they’d pay under £100.

By Rachael Power, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Hardware.

Microsoft 'exploring virtual reality options' for Project Scorpio

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Microsoft said it’s exploring virtual reality options for its Project Scorpio console, due out during “holiday season” 2017.

In an interview with USA Today, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis said the games for the console, which will support VR, will also be able to render at 4k.

“Any games we’re making that we’re launching in...

By Rachael Power, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Microsoft.