Over the course of the last decade e-readers have been the best way to consume ebooks and other digital content. The batteries last over a month and it is quite easy to purchase content from Amazon, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. Will e-readers continue to be popular in the next decade, or will VR usurp their position?
The Consumer Technology Association expects that VR will generate $1.2bn in US revenues in 2018, rather less than other new technologies that are gaining traction with consumers, such as smart speakers.
Facebook’s Oculus Go, for example, does not have to be plugged in to a high-powered PC or smartphone, coupled with a $199 price tag, may persuade more people to experiment. Hugo Barra, Facebook’s head of VR, suggested that the Oculus Go could create a “new category of VR products” that marry accessibility with affordability. The Oculus Rift continues to be one of the most popular methods for serious gamers because it hooks directly up to your PC via USB-C.
Meanwhile at CES Google announced the first standalone virtual reality headset powered by its Daydream technology. The Mirage Solo, made by Chinese hardware maker Lenovo, will go on sale sometime between April and June for less than $400. The Mirage Solo packs many of the same hardware specs as a high-end smartphone, including a processing chip, a high-resolution display, memory, internal storage, external storage, cameras and a massive battery. It even includes a headphone jack.