Virtual reality companies are expected to ship 99.4 million VR headsets in 2021, up from 10.1 million last year, according to data tracker IDC. The firm noted that demand in 2016 came from "technology enthusiasts" but that more people are starting to see the benefits. "This sets the stage for the multiple aspects of the market that device makers, platforms and content providers, and developers will be addressing in the months and years to come," said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. Samsung was one of the early entrants to virtual reality through its partnership with Facebook's Oculus. With Gear VR, you slide a newer Samsung phone into the headset to launch games, videos and other content. As of late 2016, there were 5 million Gear VR headsets in use globally, and people had watched more than 10 million hours of video through Gear VR.
"The reality is mobile is the mainstream flavor of VR for now," Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson said, "It's a lower quality version, less capable and less powerful because of the computing power behind it, antique world map pink quartz teal blue by nature magick iphone case but it's the version that will reach many more people."Samsung's new Gear 360 (top right) is much smaller than its predecessor, while the updated Gear VR headset comes with a remote control, The newest version of Samsung's headset, which comes with a controller, costs $129.99, Consumers can also buy the controller on its own for $39, Samsung will give the Gear VR and remote control for free to anyone who preorders the Galaxy S8, The phone and new headset will hit the market April 21..
Samsung's aim with its VR headset price is to get more people using it and, especially, to sell more phones. Its Gear VR headsets won't work without Samsung's newer phones, and its first Gear 360 camera only synced with Galaxy devices. The second version of its camera, unveiled Wednesday, will work with Apple's iPhones and Macs, but no other Android devices beyond those from Samsung. "I think we accomplished what we wished to," Lee said of getting VR into millions of people's hands. Mobile VR might be the main consumer option right now, but there's concern that the lower quality experience could actually hurt the market.
Qualcomm, which makes the chip that powers the Galaxy S8, has shown off a VR headset that bridges the gap between cheaper mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR and the high-end systems, It's a demo unit designed to inspire vendors looking to build their own VR devices and could be a hint to what Samsung is working on, But even with more powerful systems, VR still faces the classic antique world map pink quartz teal blue by nature magick iphone case chicken-and-egg dilemma, There's not enough content yet to convince consumers to buy a device, with only a sprinkling of experiments so far like watching a basketball game or taking a tour of Mars, But there aren't enough users to convince companies to invest in more content..
VR still needs two primary elements to become mainstream, said Koh Dong-jin (who is better known as D.J. Koh), head of Samsung's mobile business. Those are content and ease of use. For the former, Samsung is working with partners, as well as updating the Gear 360 to make it easier for people to create their own videos and photos. Samsung hasn't yet revealed the price of the new Gear 360, but Koh said it will be "very affordable." The first generation cost $350. The company is also committed to simplifying the whole VR experience. "The second version of Gear VR is, I would say, very, very easy to use at the moment," Koh said in an interview in South Korea.