Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 price and performance created a challenging situation for competitors. However, the financial strength of Facebook allowed them to sell Quest 2 at a relatively low cost, which is unrealistic for for-profit searching hardware manufacturers. With that said, HTC introduced its standalone VR headset Vive Focus 3, which is a clear upgrade over Oculus in many things. Unfortunately, the new HTC VR product is not for the consumer market. Instead, this Taiwanese company pushed the Vive Focus for business users. Self-sufficient VR The third generation of HTC standalone VR headset comes with a modern, high-quality design with matte black color. Though the
VR: Future of Movie Industry
Virtual reality is present in the gaming industry for some time now. VR production studios have special recording equipment, which allows them to create VR adventure experiences for users. Virtual reality gaming on PlayStation demands VR equipment, VR headset, camera bundle, and controllers. This trend is getting more attention for the last two years, and gaming companies are developing new games and enhancing equipment. So, can VR step out gaming comfort zone into something new? How to combine VR and the movie industry (film) into something new and interactive? Can you imagine watching 102 Dalmatians with your children in VR or have a stressful night
Oculus Go: The Smartphone-VR Hybrid We’ve Been Waiting For?
Until recently, we’ve had only two options when it came to virtual reality. One of them was the big, tethered headset good for everything from shooters and racing titles to a real-time casino games and other content aimed especially at adults, and the other was the lightweight, portable headset powered by a smartphone with all its limitations and shortcomings, but a much better price. Now Oculus, the company that re-kindled the VR revolution, has come up with something in between called the Oculus Go. While it is not perfect by any means, and it still has a lot of ground to cover before it could bring
The Five Sports We Desperately Want To See Hit VR
Virtual reality has far from hit the mainstream but you can’t help but get excited about it hitting the mass market. For sports gaming it’s going to be a game changer, pardon the expression, and will further help millions of adults live out their childhood dreams. Super Bowl – check. World Cup Final – check. The possibilities are endless. If course, some sports will be more suited to VR than others. We aren’t anticipating a swimming VR game or app anytime soon. However, we’re crossing our fingers to see on the shelves over the next few years… NFL There have been a few NFL virtual
Publicly Traded Companies Jumping Aboard The VR Bandwagon
You probably don’t need us to tell you that VR is the bandwagon worth jumping on for those publicly traded companies wanting to make a tidy profit. Firstly, because you already know that, but secondly because you’ve already likely seen a number of businesses making their move into the VR arena. VR is certainly the next big thing when it comes to entertainment and, while not strictly mainstream yet, it is well worth keeping an eye on a number of firms in the stocks and shares as they tunnel deeper into the market. The likes of Facebook, Alphabet and Sony are all investing billions in
How Decentraland’s Blockchain Powered Model Illuminates Our Digital Future
Ownership in the digital realm has always been something of a tough nut to crack. That genius tweet you just fired off? It’s a simple copy & paste away from being stolen. Your beautifully edited photography work? Right click, save as. Even for major content providers like movie studios, production companies and publishers, controlling the flow of content proves immensely difficult. The advantage for the content creators selling on the internet, however, is that they’re able to sell their product to whomever they please, free from content restrictions, curation or fees and levies. It’s a level of commercial freedom that has established the internet as
Is Virtual Reality Set to Revolutionize iGaming?
Gambling is one of the oldest and most established businesses in the world. And, like many industries in the latter part of the 20th century and over the subsequent past couple of decades, the gambling world has moved and transformed online. The biggest casinos in the world don’t have a strict door policy anymore, nor do they care what shoes you’re wearing. Indeed, nowadays, the biggest casinos don’t care if you’re sat in your underwear. And that’s because the internet has revolutionized people’s relationship with betting. Poker, roulette and blackjack now take place in online halls ranging from animated simulations, to live video feeds from studios
VR Headset Price Cuts Lead to Quarterly Sales of More Than 1 Million Units
Virtual reality has taken the world by storm in the last couple of years – except it has not. Although the excitement about its potential to become nothing short of awesome has been discussed in great detail in the press, this hasn’t translated into sales. While people will gladly pay amounts close to $1,000 for smartphones that allow them to play real money online video casino games and others as fluidly as possible, they seem to be reluctant to invest a smaller amount into VR gear that has a similar – or often smaller – price. And while it would be a bit harsh to
The Enigma of CS:GO’s eSports Economy
While most video games possess some semblance of an economy, even if that’s just trading bottle caps for heavy artillery (as in Fallout’s perversion of the barter system), online games and competitions under the eSports banner take the concept so much further. Free-to-play MMOs in particular usually finance their servers with nickel and dime payments, letting players buy access to new areas, earn powerful buffs, or gamble on the outcome of loot boxes. Knives and Stickers It’s the same for competitive games and multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs), which, while occupying a niche distinct to the MMO, nevertheless given their players the option of using
Virtual Reality and a New Breed of Casual Games
When you hear the term “virtual reality”, the first thing that most likely pops into your mind is “video games”. But not just any video games – totally immersive environments built around the player, offering an experience that can only be exceeded by actually performing the same acts in real life. It’s easy to imagine first-person shooters, racing games, flight simulators and their likes to be played in a totally immersive environment… but what about casual games? Will the emergence of virtual reality change the way we play these simple and entertaining titles? Virtual casinos show the way Casino games are the textbook examples of
Sofa Sports and the Rise of Live Gaming
Just two decades ago, if somebody prophesized that reality TV would have the lion’s share of airtime on some channels, a job posting for a soothsayer wouldn’t be too far behind. There’s something bizarre about tuning in to watch others do things we’re capable of doing ourselves, not so much the pro sports of this world but the bundling everybody in the same house (Real World) expanded to sitting on sofas (Big Brother) or partying (Jersey Shore), and the arguing that typifies an hour with the Kardashians. Thus, the question present itself – are eSports and the popular forms of entertainment – actual sports themselves? Twitch
Apple Macs and Virtual Reality could have a Happy Ending
It’s the gaming revolution that had everyone talking in 2016, but are we really moving towards a virtual reality (VR) world? Well, according to research from Deloitte, VR is now a “billion dollar niche“. Reviewing the state of the market and making predictions on its potential progress back in 2016, the accounting and professional services firm calculated that hardware sales of $700 million would be bolstered by $300 million in content sales. As impressive as this and similar assessments have been, VR isn’t quite the full package. As is often the case, Apple users have been forced to watch from the outside in recent months.
Pokémon Go Is a Game-Changer, What Can Augmented Reality Do Next?
With Pokémon Go recently breaking a financial milestone – reaching one billion USD in revenue, it may finally be time to say that Augmented Reality (AR) is now reaching mainstream acceptance and acknowledgement. Before the game’s release in July 2016, the words “augmented reality” probably didn’t mean much to the average consumer. Despite being an emerging concept for the last few years, Google’s April Fools-joke-turned-into-reality made the technology a mass hit. According to the numbers, Pokémon Go has a database of more than 500 million, with an average of 20 million players in the US alone powering up the game every day. Although official revenue
Code and Coding: Where to Find Help in Los Angeles?
As you are likely aware if you’re from L.A., some 375 miles up the road lies Silicon Valley. Here, tech dreams come true, app ideas flourish into billion dollar corporations, and some of the most powerful tech companies in the world – Facebook, Apple, Google, to name a few – recruit smart and talented individuals to assist in shaping their bright future. It’s an attractive destination for anyone with ambitions in the industry, and you may want a slice of the action yourself. But before diving in and making the pilgrimage, you’d best hone your skills – learning to code in particular. Then again, from our inception we
Five Smartphone Games You Should Play
As the week progresses, there are numerous applications wying for your attention. Commuting to and from work, running errands all saw the removal of “idle time”, with us being engulfed with different applications on mobile phones. As smartphone displays have improved, game developers have taken advantage of the latest technology to add beautiful graphics to their creations. If you like playing smartphone games that mix beauty with fun, you’ll want to download these five titles to your mobile device. We list the five mobile experiences you should experience, including some AR and VR experiences that are on the way. Pokémon GO Price: Free, but in-app
Are Small Business Owners Aware of All Marketing Options?
What if I told you… that a banner advert on a website isn’t the only way you can market your business online? A recent article on marketingtechnews.net suggests that the way consumers are finding products and services online is changing at a rapid rate. More often than not, the consumer can browse any social media platform, video streaming site, or online article, and could find a form of advertising in each one. A shopper browsing online for new and exciting products or services can do so effortlessly, as they can read their favorite articles, watch their favorite videos, and view images from their favorite bloggers,
Why Should an Online Business Implement Virtual Reality (VR)?
As you might be aware, virtual reality shopping is well on its way to being commonplace. Alibaba, eBay, Ikea, Wayfair, even the hypercar manufacturer Pagani are all dabbling with the usage of VR headsets to help sell products. But this is all well and good for large companies who have the budget to trial such projects, but what about small and medium-sized online businesses who are unsure of whether VR will catch on? To begin with, there is seemingly nothing wrong with simply selling from your website like we’ve known for the last decade. It’s easy, efficient, and for anyone who has ever gone through the
New AR App Elevates Shopping Experience
The connection between e-commerce and smartphones is a blossoming relationship. With desktop computers no longer the only option available to browse and shop online, this marriage of technology and convenience is one that’s likely to be rock solid for generations to come. However, this relationship should be prepared to add a new addition into their lives: Augmented Reality i.e. AR. this technology is also beginning to be marketed as Mixed Reality or MxR (blame Magic Leap for that one). Online furniture retailer Wayfair just released a brand new app called WayfairView. For use on smartphones and tablets, the app can project a lifelike 3D image of