2018 has been a year of VRand even more standalone VR systems are on the way. They are expected to work without necessarily connecting to game consoles, smartphones, and computers. With the advancement of VR 2.0 technology, the industry is expected to hit $38 billion by the year 2026 according to the predictions of the analysts.
If you dig a little into the history of Virtual Reality, you’ll find that the modern VR systems began with the introduction of Google’s Cardboard in 2014. Then the actual blitz broke in around November 2015 when Samsung launched Gear VR which is compatible with a latest Samsung phone model. By 2016, things had escalated in the main and cutting-edge systems – HTC Vive and Oculus Rift – were the new talk in the VR industry. In the same year, Daydream View which works with Pixel phone was released by Google. Bear in mind that VR hardware needs external computing device for power since they demand a high output which is hard to achieve in an inbuilt computing mechanism. The good news is that the computing devices are becoming sleeker, more affordable, and efficient and so is the VR. Did you know that academic writing was the most feared part of college life some time ago? But today everything has been simplified thanks to the credible online educational resources and plagiarism checker platforms. There are countless websites that teach students how to write a research paper in one day, something that was deemed impossible a few decades ago. Similarly, there is a huge potential for VR systems and here are some of the things we should expect this year and beyond.
- Google Daydream – standalone versions that will be designed with Lenovo and HTC to offer 6DOF through WorldSense and position tracing
- Oculus Santa Cruz – for position tracking
- Oculus Go – compatible with Gear VR by Samsung
- HTC Vive Focus – standalone 6DOF VR handsets
The above 4 systems are the telltale signs of the second VR generation plus other standalone gadgets that are on the way. We expect high-end visuals and impeccable performance, and of course, reduced prices.
Is today the best time to buy VR or should we wait?
Many people love VR but they are hesitant to buy the systems, and do you know why? This is their usual argument: since technology is advancing and more content is being generated with increasingly lower prices on devices, it is best to wait for the subsequent VR generation which will bring amazing features like eye tracking, greater resolution, and improved user experience. If this is the kind of mentality you are holding on to, you may never make up your mind because guess what – technology will never stop evolving. Suppose you purchase the VR devices when you are too old. Are you sure you’ll enjoy computer games the same way you would while you are still young? Come on!
There are some things you always look into. In the same way, buying VR handsets requires you to consider several factors as follows.
- Your budget
- The type of handset you need e.g. standalone, tethered
- Your reasons for buying VR e.g. for work or entertainment
- Your expectations on the devices
A lot of people might advise you to postpone your shopping until the prices go down. Others will tell you to grab what is available. But in the end, it is your decision to make depending on your needs.
Want to wait for the next VR headsets generation?
So, you want to postpone buying so you can get the next generation handsets in 2019. Note that this year Vive announced Vive Pro – an upgrade of the Vive handset – in addition to standalone gadgets such as Santa Cruz, and Lenovo Mirage Solo. If you want a VR device of your dream with wireless connections or FOV, you have to wait another 1 year and it is entirely up to you. Note that if your job requires the application of VR, this might be a great opportunity cost. Rather than waiting for what’s coming next year, see what other options you may have at hand. For instance, you can buy:
- Standalone handsets: They eliminate the need for using cables but you might not have a chance to enjoy awesome games due to computation power limitations. Examples of the best handsets include the Vive Focus.
- An upgrade of the current devices e.g. Varjo, Pimax 8K, and Vive Pro: This evolution, though not so disruptive, certainly have a better user experience. These devices don’t come cheap as they are designed for professionals.
If any of these two options appeal to you, you can wait a few months and buy.
If you are interested in VR, we advise you to give it a try today. It has a lot to offer even though it’s not yet ready for everything. If you have a family, get something to entertain your loved ones. If you are an online entrepreneur, how about creating content for VR? The experience you will gain today will offer you an advantage over those who haven’t used VR once the industry becomes a fully computing platform. We cannot exactly tell how this technology will be in a few years time but there is one sure thing: investing in technology is the best way to predict it. So, don’t wait too long to see where VR is headed. Just make the right choice.
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