Is VR just hype?

Sep 18, 2017 at 11:49 am by nickcharles

Why So Many Doubters? Riding the VR Hype Cycle

Virtual reality technology isn't new. It actually dates back to the beginnings of photography itself, Robert Kendal wrote in a column last week about VR's future on

VR has come a long way from panoramic painting. But how much farther will it penetrate into the consumer's consciences? Will it be another 3D TV? Or transform how we interact with technology?

Kendal said doubt linger because of "lagging headset sales vs. projections. Data Analysts SuperData predicted more than 2.5M PlayStation VR sales, 600K Oculus Rift sales. But 2016 sales fell short."
Most concerning is the 2.5 million unit projection for Playstation's VR headset set, which only sold about 700,000 units in 2016.

"There was so much VR hype 18 months ago from electronics manufacturers and retailers alike that anything less than ubiquitous headset ownership seems like a failure. But there are some extremely logical reasons for that which I'll outline below," Kendal wrote.

In the end, Kendal said business has found a way to use VR but consumers are still lagging.

Read the rest of it here.

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