While VR is still taking a hold of the real estate industry, this February saw great news from some of the VR industry's titans of innovation, signalling what may be an impending upswing for the industry.
Sony has sold 915,000 PSVR units since launch
Speaking to the New York Times in a recent article, Sony is reporting that almost a million PSVR units, the PS4's proprietary VR hardware headset, have been sold - much to the pleasant surprise of the even Sony itself. Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment noted that VR usage time among PS4 owners has doubled since January 24 due to the release of the highly anticipated Resident Evil 7, a fully immersive VR experience.
New Samsung Gear headset Announced
Revealed this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has announced a new souped up version of its current Gear headset. The new model is equipped with motion sensors, a 101 degree field of view and usb connectivity. The units also comes with a compact motion controller, decked out with a circular trackpad and button controls.
First IMAX VR Experience Centre Opens Up
The movie industry has finally taken the leap. IMAX announced in February that the first ever IMAX VR Experience Centre is now open for business in Los Angeles. Visitors can dive into a highly realistic VR experience unlike anything they'd ever tried before, with haptic feedback, the highest-end room-scale VR technology, custom interactive experiences and competitive multiplayer games. From the website:
Haptic suit exceeds funding goal with over $100,000 raised
After revealing its plans to manufacture a ground-breaking haptic suit for virtual reality gaming, Y Combinator Fellowship alumni Nullspace VR has exceeded it's $80,000 funding goal by over $20,000 (as of this writing). The suit, called the "Hardlight" features 16 unique haptic feedback zones, targeting muscles across the body that, when stimulated, deliver unparalleled gaming immersion. The suit is purchasable from the Hardlight website and costs around $500.