VR in 2018 – The New Wave
Virtual reality is about to have its next wave. Up to now, it has been finding its feet, with the longest beta phase of any emerging technology to date. We are now at the point where the technology, creative and price point are at that magic equilibrium. Here are the 3 key things I think will create a New Wave of VR in 2018.
1. New Headsets
Since day dot, VR headsets have had a few issues: 1. Price, 2. Wires, 3. Performance. These are all being addressed this year with the release of some truly groundbreaking products:
It’s an all in one VR headset, no phone, no computer needed. A standalone VR headset. And, drumroll…. It’s only $200! This is a product and a price that VR has been gasping for. This headset is going to massively re-launch VR in 2018.
HTC also have a standalone headset coming out, the Vive Focus. The main selling point of this headset is that it has ‘inside out’ tracking, allowing you to walk around interactive VR experiences. This is a big deal when it comes to making experiences that feel real and truly transport you with a sense of ‘presence’. However, this comes at a price – $600, so 3x the price of the Oculus Go. I think this will be an awesome headset, but I doubt it will have the same impact as the Go, purely because of the price.
Yep, 8K, you read it right. Well, when you dig a little deeper it’s actually 4k per eye… And then dig deeper, it’s 3840 pixels per eye… That’s still pretty impressive, compare that to the current Oculus Rift which is 2160 and you can see it’s a huge jump up. One of the biggest complaints I hear in VR is ‘I can see the pixels of the screen.’ Well, with the PiMax, that’s going to be heard a lot less. You’ll need a pretty powerful computer to render that content smoothly though!
2. Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One, is due to hit the big screens in March in the UK. It depicts a dystopian future where people use VR-esque headsets to escape the real world for a magical and endless ‘metaverse’ called the OASIS. I think this film will have a massive impact on the adoption of VR worldwide as it will open the medium up to the masses like never before.