Welcome to a new article series here at UploadVR called Community Spotlight! Similar to Community Download, which usually runs on Mondays, this column is all about highlighting insight from our large and diverse community of readers. For each entry in this column we’ll round up the best Disqus comments from this week or moments on our Twitch streams to share with you all! We may expand this to include other community contributions in the future.
This week’s Community Download was all about 2019 predictions for the VR and AR communities. We’ve already published a lot of our own thoughts, such as what we think will happen at CES 2019 this month, big questions left facing the industry, what Sony needs to do to stay on top, and more.
We then turned it over to all of you to let us know your predictions for 2019 down in our comments as well with the Community Download. Here are some of our picks for the best predictions:
“I think Oculus Quest is going to be a game changer for VR. Think about the possibilities for training and similar employment through VR? What about if you setup a boxing training club. You could be trained from an actual boxer while you are away on business in your hotel room across the world! You could attend a Yoga class, and follow professional yoga instructors while they conduct a class. You could brush up on your math skills from a tutor. Touch controls level tracking, mid to mid/high level graphics, no wires, etc. VR can now go to the next level.”
“✨Valve releases HMD/Knuckles/Software bundle at lower price than expected, many Vive and Rift users jump ship.
✨Pimax ships pre-orders once KS backers are fufilled, but fails to gain meaningful market share.
✨Oculus Quest rapidly gains traction as developers flock to the new platform.
✨Google release Daydream v2 standalone with full 6DOF but fail to attract developers due to Quest.
✨Nothing meaningful happens in consumer AR space”
“Valve will release their headset (which may or may not be as a partnership with HTC). Regardless, the Vive wireless adapter will be compatible with it. Knuckles controllers and at least one of the Valve VR games will be released. Rockstar will announce GTAV or RDR2 VR. Pimax will flop. I don’t care too much about the Oculus Quest, although I’m confident it will produce some great content.”
“I view standalone VR via low latency 5g cloud rendering as an inevitability. I think we’ll see experimental standalone VR powered by data center close by via 5g or something similar.
Hopefully someone will release headset with at least Snapdragon 845, maybe on Google Daydream platform maybe VIVE or someone else.
I wish for standalone VR headset with modern Snapdragon 855 with some 5g support but I won’t hold my breath. I think 2020 or 2021 could be a big breakthrough for VR, in 2019 we’ll only see slow incremental progress.”
And finally to top things off, here is a clip of me shaking my hips while dancing to Closer by Nine Inch Nails in Beat Saber on our Twitch stream. Viewers requested it, so I had to make it happen.
We’ll be back with another Community Download and Community Spotlight soon for CES 2019 — you can find us on the show floor all week streaming on Facebook as well.