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Jesse Schell’s 40 predictions for VR by 2025

by Nick Ochoa • November 10th, 2015

At the VRX Conference in San Francisco yesterday, Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games, took the stage to share his thoughts on where the VR industry is headed over the next 10 years. Jesse has a history of making wild predications on his YouTube channel Crystal Ball Society, but this time the I Expect You to Die creator turned it up to 11 (well, actually 40). Check out Jesse’s 40 predictions on the VR market, VR games, VR fears, VR filmmaking, social VR, location based entertainment, touch, augmented reality, and VR technology.

Market

Prediction 1: Starting in 2016, VR headsets will be in the consumer market permanently

Prediction 2: In 2016, eight million gamer headsets will be sold.

Prediction 3: In general, there will be four mobile headsets for each gamer headset.

Prediction 4: Headset sales will double each year until saturation is reached.

Prediction 5: Fifty different headsets will be featured at CES 2017.

Prediction 6: Through 2018, overheating VR phones will still be a problem. Freezing them will be common.

Prediction 7: As soon as Sony sells 10M headsets, Microsoft will announce one for XBoxOne (probably E3 2018).

Games

Prediction 8: An asymmetric party game will be a top ten VR game by end of 2017.

Prediction 9: Madden 2018 will have a VR edition.

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Prediction 10: By the end of 2018, a major new VR-centric game genre will appear.

Fears

Prediction 11: By the end of 2017, the media will blame at least one mass shooting on a VR game.

Prediction 12: By end of 2017, news stories about “VR Addiction” will be frequent.

Prediction 13: By the end of 2018, there will be at least three movies playing on fears of VR.

Filmmaking

Prediction 14:  Documentaries will be the first VR films to win major awards.

Prediction 15: By 2020, VR porn will be a $1B industry worldwide.

Prediction 16: By 2020, there will be at least ten Virtual Reality Reality Shows.

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Prediction 17: The Divine Comedy will provide a model for successful VR storytelling.

Prediction 18: By end of 2018, Comcast will have a VR channel

Prediction 19: For feature films to work in VR, they will need to be social. We’ll figure this out by 2025.

Social

Prediction 20: By 2025, the majority of VR revenue will be from social experiences.

Prediction 21: By 2020, one of the top ten VR games will be a dance game.

Prediction 22: By 2025, VR/AR Boardgames will be a $100M business.

Prediction 23: By end of 2020, at least one VR MMO will have > 1M subscribers.

Prediction 24: By the end of 2018, there will be a leading VR social platform, and it won’t be the old guard.

Prediction 25: By 2018, VR Emotes will be very popular, and have a stupid name.

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Prediction 26: In 2017, every US State Fair will have a VR Attraction.

Prediction 27: By 2020 There will be at least 20 VR coasters worldwide.

Prediction 28: By 2025 Bowling with AR Glasses will be a thing.

Touch

Prediction 29: By 2020, trackable props for VR and AR will be common.

Prediction 30: Also in 2020, trackable snacks.

Prediction 31: In 2025, Robots will touch you in VR, and you’ll like it!

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Augmented Reality

Prediction 32: By 2025, 80% of VR/AR devices will be one or the other, not both.

Prediction 33: AR experiences synced with TV will be a thing.

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Prediction 34: Augmented reality lectures popular by 2025

Prediction 35: By 2025, chasing phantoms in your house will be only for children.

Technology

Prediction 36: By 2018, gamers will wear narrow glasses or get contacts.

Prediction 37: By 2020, really hardcore gamers will have prescription lenses.

Prediction 38: By 2020, Eye tracking VR headsets will be available.

Prediction 39: By 2020, Foveated Rendering will exist. By 2025, it will be useful.

Prediction 40: By 2025, There will be no more corded VR systems.

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Which do you agree with? Let us know in the comments below.