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

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Analysis, Industry Monitor, Technology

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 space race. However, comparatively rapid growth and expansion of … Read More

Xiaomi Version of Oculus Go Nearly Sells Out in China

Natalie Yue, Analyst Natalie Yue, Analyst Analysis

Highlights Xiaomi sold an estimated 30,000 Mi VR Standalone units within 3 mins of release on its official website.  There are already almost 40,000 reservations for when the headset is restocked in 10 days.   The 32 GB version is sold out on JD.com (a Chinese Amazon equivalent) and the 64 GB version has limited availability. Oculus and Xiaomi are seeing early … Read More

Oculus Launches OTT TV Streaming Service with Showtime, Netflix, and ESPN

Clifton Dawson, CEO Clifton Dawson, CEO Analysis, Virtual Reality

Oculus launches new OTT service Oculus TV in May 2018. Oculus TV will feature live and on-demand content from partners such as Showtime, Netflix, and ESPN. It is not clear if Oculus TV will feature exclusive original commissions, advertising, or payments. At Facebook’s annual F8 Conference, Oculus revealed Oculus TV. Oculus TV is a new way to experience serialized content … Read More

Oculus Go: More Bandwidth for Businesses

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Analysis, Business Transformation, Technology

OculusHeadsetsGoRiftGear

The recent release of Oculus’ new standalone VR HMD, named Go, marks a watershed moment for adoption of XR technology. The consensus among journalists and reviewers maintains Go is nothing to write home about in terms of graphical quality or immersion. This is mostly due to the absence of both a high-end LED-based display and 6DoF tracking. However, this conservative … Read More

Keys to the Kingdom: Enterprise Data Security in XR

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Analysis, Business Transformation, Technology

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

The Battle Between Oculus & HTC Heats Up For In-Home Market Share

Alexis Macklin, Analyst Alexis Macklin, Analyst Analysis

Steam Survey Users

HTC Vive held a comfortable lead in active Steam users since its release in 2016 until Oculus Rift began closing the gap in January 2018. Now, the Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual reality display has surpassed the HTC Vive in market share among Steam users, according to Valve’s February Steam Hardware & Software Survey.  

Top Trends from 2017 And How They Will Impact 2018

Alexis Macklin, Analyst Alexis Macklin, Analyst Analysis, Media & Entertainment

2017 Wrap Up Title

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