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

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

Going Supersonic: Chirp Microsystems and Standalone Tracking in xR

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Insights, Interfaces, Semiconductors, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Intelligence Service

The following is part of our Virtual Reality Intelligence Service and Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, which includes forecasts, data, and key insights about the virtual and augmented reality technology market. CES 2019 was, as always, an overbearingly huge event filled with diverse offerings. Once again, the conference served as a venue for companies large and small to present a case for … Read More

Competition Intensifies As Oculus Joins The Race For LBE VR Supremacy

Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Alexis Macklin, Research Manager Client-Only, Insights, Location-Based Entertainment, Location-Based xR Intelligence Service, Virtual Reality

HTC reigns supreme in the out-of-home entertainment market, but Oculus may soon see its growth in its share of venues with deployed virtual reality systems. According to Greenlight Insights’ LBE VR Database, which tracks over 700 global LBE VR locations, HTC Vive is used in 77% of LBE venues with virtual reality system deployments. There is a huge gap between … 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

USB-C and You – How VirtualLink Will Dramatically Change The Hardware Landscape (Yet Again)

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Devices & Technology, Insights

The landscape of consumer electronics is in constant flux. In the past, Moore’s Law has all but assured a steady annual refresh of computers, phones, smart devices, and any other CPU-powered device, with new advancements like quantum computing poised to carry the landscape well beyond the eventual end of the transistor spacing race. However, comparatively rapid growth and expansion of … Read More