Whenever an innovative technology comes around, one of the primary questions is whether or not one should buy the first generation of hardware. This question is especially true for the VR sector. Even though the first generation of hardware is powerful, it may not remain relevant all that long. In fact, the longevity of these “generations” remains to be determined.
What is the Lifespan of a VR Headset?
That question is rather difficult to answer right now. The first generation of VR headsets has only come out recently, and no one knows for sure how long they will last. To be more specific, these headsets will keep working for some time to come, even though they do not provide the optimal experience just yet. With more competitors entering the market, it is expected a lot of hardware will be released in the coming years.
One question people often ask us is whether or not a VR headset will be viable for at least three years. For now, the answer is “yes”, but there is a big asterisk to be noted. The first generation of headsets has been out for some time now, and the next product cycle is just around the corner. HTC is already working on a prototype of their Vive 2 headset, which could shake the market up quite a bit. That is, assuming it can be provided at an affordable price since most HMDs are still incredibly expensive.
Once the next generation of hardware hits, it will introduce better specs and perhaps new features. No one wants to miss out on whatever changes are around the corner. Then again, it is impossible to tell when the new hardware will arrive. Better specs in terms of resolution are to be expected, though. Additionally, people are hoping for a wireless version of HMDs in the future, although that may take some time to come to fruition.
As of right now, virtual reality is going through a growth curve. That means manufactures may still support the current generation of hardware. It is equally possible they will halt support a year after generation 2 comes out. It is impossible to tell what the longevity of an HMD is right now. Rest assured it may not be four or five years, though. We live in a production- and consumption-oriented society. Product cycles have to be kept to be a bare minimum to make consumers spend more money.
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