This early January, Virtual Reality stood at the forefront of video technology during the Consumer Electronics Show. While still a new technology trying to make its way into mainstream video content, many companies implementing VR made quite the buzz. Check out all the latest trends in Virtual and Augmented Reality coming your way in 2017:
- HTC to take over VR Gaming?
HTC’s Vive and Steam are aiming to compete directly with Playstation and Oculus Rift, whose market shares are increasingly growing. They announced a feature that would allow real-world objects to be placed in virtual and fantasy worlds, as well as a new wireless headset. CES Attendees were told to expect new VR Arcades worldwide as well as subscription-based models a la Netflix, but for Virtual Reality content.
- Sony pitches a Virtual Reality Forum
With PS4 sales skyrocketing, Sony Corporation announced its commitment to continue developing VR games and content along with Sony Pictures. In addition, they created along with other companies the Virtual Reality Industry Forum, furthering their involvement in the field and contributing to creating standards and practices to make VR more accessible to the public.
- Google brings art to VR with Tilt Brush
Forget 3D printing, Google’s recently bought Tilt Brush is now making strides in the art world. With the ability to sculpt, shape and paint figures in a “virtual plane”, the possibilities are endless, allowing users to use the technology for performance art, virtual sculpting, and even designing industrial prototypes for products.
- Windows is still alive and well.
Remember Windows? We ‘member. The tech giant is now taking its swing at VR as well, announcing a new headset to be launched early this year around the $300-400 range, competing directly with Playstation. Could this be Windows’s big break?
- Let’s get some VR shoes.
As if being immersed in a virtual world were not enough, Cerevo, a Japanese developer, has launched a pair of $1000 dollar shoes to enhance the VR experience. When wearing the shoes, users feel a variety of sensations and vibrations in their feet which match the environment in their headset, making the experience ultimately more immersive.
- The Return of Alien
Fox, along with famed director Ridley Scott, announced their intentions to integrate Virtual Reality content to their films. Their first project will feature a fully immersive suspense snippet from the upcoming film Alien: Covenant.
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