We at TheAppleGoogle have some great news for our Samsung users. Samsung, during their Developers Conference in San Francisco announced that they are working on a “standalone” Virtual Reality headsets. This would be a prime competition to the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Samsung also confirmed that the said VR headset would work independently without a smartphone.
Over the course of time, it has already been mentioned that 2016 will act as the year of virtual reality. A report by Strategic Analytics mentioned that the revenue charts for virtual reality products may reach close to approximately $900 million in 2016. In the same report, it was suggested that about 77% of the said revenue would be coming from manufacturers like Oculus, Sony and HTC.
According to a report by VARIETY, Injong Rhee, head of R&D at Samsung said “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone. VR is amazing, but the industry is still at its infancy.” He also stated that the device would incorporate hand and gesture tracking but it may take a few year before that dream becomes a reality. No pun intended.
In terms of volume, Sony’s Playstation VR, The $600 Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive only contribute up to 13% of market share. We have already seen Samsung indulge in virtual reality with their Samsung Gear VR headset but also note that it does need a smartphone to work. Working around the clock, even Google is taking a shot at virtual reality thanks to the cheap and makeshift but extremely appropriate Google Cardboard Virtual Reality headset.
We are still only half way down the year and who knows how the year pans out for Virtual Reality but we at TheAppleGoogle will keep our readers updated with the latest news in the world of Virtual Reality and more.