A Wave of New Virtual Reality Hardware on the Horizon Enters an Uncertain Market

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By Eric Abbruzzese | 2Q 2019 | IN-5459


Hardware Wave Incoming


After a somewhat quiet 2018 in terms of new virtual reality (VR) hardware, 2019 is off to a much quicker start and is looking to maintain that pace throughout the year. Oculus has its Quest and Rift S; HTC has VIVE Focus Plus, VIVE Cosmos, and the recent eye-tracking refresh VIVE Pro Eye; HP is getting involved with its reverb head-mounted display (HMD); Valve, the company behind PC platform Steam, has teased its Index HMD; and rumors are swirling about a wireless follow-up to Sony PSVR.

Some of the devices are more iterative than revolutionary, but there are also unique and welcome additions. Eye tracking with the new VIVE Pro is a great value add, allowing a new input method for any use case while also opening up opportunities for things like foveal rendering to create some processing headroom. HP’s Reverb HMD is pushing resolution first and foremost, with 2160x2160 per eye, about twice the average. Oculus’ Rift S has the iterative resolution and comfort enhancements expected, but also the removal of desktop sensors as a requirement, with the headset using ins…

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