Meet Valve Index: SteamVR’s Latest Flagship Joins Next-Gen Virtual Reality Lineup

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

After official confirmation of the validity of several leaks published this week, Valve has announced its intent to release its new VR HMD, called Valve Index, to the public on June 15. In addition to the device’s name and certain physical features like a manual IPD adjustment switch, which an earlier teaser revealed, other key features including a 90Hz refresh … Read More

Snap Turns to Gaming, Mobile Augmented Reality for Platform Expansion

Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Advertising, Apps & Games, Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Insights, Media & Entertainment

Snap Inc., parent company of Snapchat, announced a new gaming platform that will integrate games into its social platform. Internally dubbed “Project Cognac,” the new platform will open to developers in April. A formal announcement is expected at Snap’s first developer summit on April 4 in Los Angeles. Project Cognac represents Snap’s largest investment in games to date. Snap acquired … Read More

The Amazing Race: How Stakeholders are Readying xR Platforms for Mass Adoption

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Software, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

The importance of platforms, defined here as centralized groups of apps, first-party services, operating systems, and hardware, cannot be overstated in evaluating the progress of companies driving the next wave of xR adoption. Many major companies in the VR and AR space have begun 2019 by making important advances in the race to build a complete and compelling platform for … Read More

Table Stakes: Key Features for VR HMDs in 2019

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

Over the last 6 months, announcements made by major VR firms have reaffirmed the significance of 2019 as an important year for mass adoption of VR. Enterprise stakeholders and IT professionals are noticeably more open to the implementation of VR in traditional training and design workflows. Moreover, consumer hardware has continued to improve and is set to see a major … Read More

Iribe’s Rift 2: What Is The Future of PC-Tethered Virtual Reality at Oculus?

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Head-Mounted Displays, Insights, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

The departure of Brendan Iribe, former head of PCVR for Oculus, has sent ripples through the enthusiast community, amid increasing worries that PC-tethered virtual reality, including a future “Rift 2” device, is lagging behind on the company’s list of priorities. This has been further exacerbated by unconfirmed comments from sources close to Facebook and Oculus, stating that the move was … Read More

Keys to the Kingdom: Enterprise Data Security in XR

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise xR Intelligence Service, Insights

Data security woes and upcoming regulatory action in major markets should be front and center for enterprises looking to implement XR. Customer data breaches, vague terms of service, and compromised intellectual property present real dangers to the public perception of an individual organization. And this is to say nothing of the bottom line. Since mid-March of 2018, new discoveries regarding … Read More

Top Trends from 2017 And How They Will Impact 2018

Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Insights, Location-Based Entertainment, Media & Entertainment

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Finally passing the trough of disillusionment, virtual reality will finally hit its stride in 2018. We expect major new trends in location-based virtual reality entertainment, standalone headsets, and social content. Standalone Headsets Will Have a Major Impact on Headset Revenues   The industry saw major announcements coming from VR’s top manufacturers. VR heavy hitters HTC and Oculus both announced standalone … Read More