The Future of Virtual Reality Is Wireless
The virtual reality world has had a remarkable growth over the course of 2018. This year marked a turning point for the technology which has been asserting itself in various industries. Over the course of the year, many new VR technologies have been tested and the plans for the coming years are incredible. Major tech companies are also directly involved in the growth of the VR world and this gives investors great hopes for the market. VR has grown so much that it has become the go-to technology for some fields like video gaming. As this technology grows, so does the infrastructure around it.
The VR market, just like other tech markets, has seen the evolution of devices from wired to wireless. Going by recent developments, it just seems like the VR world will be completely wireless in the near future. There are many reasons for this but the most obvious one is that the technology is already there. Companies like Google and Facebook have hinted at going wireless in the not so distant future. Because of the recent developments, virtual reality stocks will be a hot item in the markets for the foreseeable future.
How soon will we see wireless VR devices?
2018 has been all about making decisions on the direction that the technology will take. The makers of Mirage Solo and Quest VR headsets have for instance been caught up in the dilemma of the next step for their devices. This is because the companies have been weighing the options between going into development or analyzing the market first. The popularity of the Quest has definitely affected the plan of companies like Facebook. Facebook already has the Oculus Rift in the market but there have been reports that they might delay the production of Rift 2 because of the changing dynamics in the market.
Other companies like WiGig have already demonstrated how efficient it can be to deliver wireless communication from a PC to a VR device. PC-based VR options will thus most likely be available in a wide variety by 2020. There are definitely many options to consider when it comes to developing wireless VR devices. Companies might choose to develop wireless VR headsets, or wireless PCs or both. It is not clear whether the major players in the industry, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, will develop wireless PCs or wireless headsets. This is partly the reason why no major announcements have been made so far.
The plans by major companies
Facebook has already indicated that they will get into the personal computer market very soon. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, indicated that the next step for the company is to make next-generation personal computers. His plan is to include VR headsets as part of the package that they will be offering. While Facebook has already launched the VR headsets, an accompanying computer is yet to hit the market. The production of Oculus Quest by the company, however, will represent the first real step to make the foray into the computer market.
Facebook continued with its characteristic style of acquiring new companies with its acquisition of Oculus. Even though the Quest was developed independently by Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe, they will not be part of the future of the device. Instead, Facebook will take over the development of the device and its future. Indeed, Zuckerberg revealed the entrepreneurial ambitions of the company in 2010. He stated that the mission of his company was to acquire new devices and new talent. With recent acquisitions sidelining the founders, it is not clear whether Zuckerberg might have changed his approach.
The growth of VR is definitely going to continue. The momentum that has been established over the last couple of years is significant. With major companies like Google, Sony, Microsoft, and Facebook being involved, it is definitely just a matter of time before we see groundbreaking events in the VR markets. As every other device goes wireless, it is expected that the VR realm will also have many wireless options. Whether the headsets themselves will be wireless or the PCs that support them will become wireless is not yet clear for now. What is clear though is that this market will be wireless and there is nothing is likely to change that.