There are many conflicting opinions on what holds mass VR adoption back in this day and age. Some claim it is the price of the VR headsets themselves. Others point at a glaring lack of content to be enjoyed. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is convinced the pricing has nothing to do with it. Instead, there isn’t enough quality content to be enjoyed.
The Future of VR Remains in Question
Although there is a genuine interest in virtual reality across different industries, mainstream traction remains a long way off. This is not necessarily due to high VR headset prices, albeit that will not help matters much either. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey shares some interesting thoughts on the VR industry currently, and where it might be heading next.
More specifically, Luckey is convinced VR isn’t kicking off because the quality of experience isn’t there. Long-term engagement with virtual reality has been very problematic in the past few years, and nothing has changed in this department. Instead, there needs to be a bigger focus on VR content, quality, and interfacing with the concept of human perceptions panning ages, genders, and races.
Consumers are not the only group not paying too much attention to virtual reality right now. Instead, investors are cooling off on this industry. Some are aggressively shifting their focus to augmented reality, an industry which seemingly has a lot more potential. Mass adoption of either technology will not materialize in the near future by any means.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for virtual reality. Introducing quality content into this industry needs to be the top priority, but it remains unclear who will come to market first. Untethered headsets will also pave the way for broader adoption, but only if the content can deliver on the initial promise. For now, the industry remains on shaky legs, which is rather worrisome in its own regard.
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