With the last couple of years seeing a lot of movement in the virtual reality space, from Facebook’s Oculus to Samsung’s VR headsets to Google Cardboard, to Sony and HTC’s demo headsets and even Microsoft’s virtual augment reality headset, HoloLens, Juniper Research predicts 2016 will be ‘the watershed year for VR headsets, both in terms of product launches and consumer roll outs.’
Juniper says ‘Oculus, Sony, and HTC are amongst the leading players expected to launch key VR products over the next 12 months,’ with most of the current product being more for developers, while the actual launches of headsets from these players to public should arrive this year.
To this end, Juniper says that ‘the recent attention to and investment into virtual reality is helping to revitalise the industry and with major brand commercial launches imminent, there is huge potential for rapid market expansion.’
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As a result, Juniper expects significant VR uptake over the next 5 years as consumers benefit from a combination of improved VR technology allied to immersive applications, as well as reduced prices.
Consequently, the technology is now poised to transform the entertainment industry, including gaming and video, over coming years whilst offering the potential to quickly expand into other markets such as industrial and healthcare.
But what else does Juniper predict? The company’s full list of top ten tech predictions is listed below.
Further details are available in the free report, Top Ten Tech Predictions for 2016 available to download from the Juniper Research website, which also promotes and links to four recent reports that, as you can imagine, are on sale to relevant parties at relevant prices.
Those reports look at smart wearable devices, the future of cryptocurrency, 5G market strategies and the aforementioned virtual reality.
Here is Juniper’s top ten list:
- Virtual Reality - a watershed year.
- Consumer robotics becomes a reality
- Wearables go to work
- The race for 5G begins
- Many devices, one platform
- Blockchain technology embraced by financial institutions
- Hybrid console & cloud gaming gathers pace
- eSports delivers significant new revenues for the games market
- New security models emerge
- Crowdfunding Fires StartUp Growth