The State of VR in 2018


The State of VR in 2018 Blurbusters has an article on the state of VR in 2018. It touches on the current VR trends as the market shifts from wired headsets to wireless HMDs powered by the latest Snapdragon processor. Bela discusses upcoming options in 2019 to rid ourselves of the wire, and their experience with lesser known VR headsets such as the PIMAX and StarVR HMDs. Finally the screen-door-effect (SDE) has been defeated by the Samsung Odyssey+, but it only ships with Windows Mixed Reality setups. 4K VR gaming is now available on PIMAX, but it is only upscaled due to the Displayport 1.4 connector.Tethered VR headsets sales have also declined by 37%, despite price rebates to Sony PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Each one of these companies sold around 100,000 headsets in 2018. However, a bright spot in sales is coming from Standalone VR headsets, like Oculus Go (3DOF) and Xiaomi Mi VR, which grew over 400% in the same period with over 200,000 units sold. Oculus Quest, coming out early 2019, will provide inside-out tracking and six degrees of freedom for both headset and controllers, to capitalize on these trends.


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