Google will be launching its Android Virtual Reality headset at an upcoming conference. But there is no confirmation yet as to whether it would launch in the markets anytime soon. The new VR headset would not be as powerful as Facebook’s Oculus Rift or HTC’s Vive, so expect it to be relatively cheaper.
Oculus Rift and Vive need to be have powerful accompaniments-mainly a strong processor in order, for it to be used to its full potential. Google’s new VR headset, on the other hand, works without a smartphone or any other device. In other words, it is a one of a kind stand-alone VR headset. The VR segment has seen a slew of launches of late. Almost all the major players have realised the need to jump on to the VR bandwagon, and Google is no exception. VR headset sales are going to be in the range of $895 million this year. And by the end of this decade, total sales in the Virtual Reality header and related category is expected to reach a staggering $120 billion.
Interestingly, even smartphone brands that cater to the lower-cost segment of the market couldn’t afford to overlook this lucrative segment. So we have had MicroMax launch its new smartphones with VR headsets, and also Karbonn Mobiles’ Quattro L52 and Titanium Mach 6 come with the same. The market has only been warming up to VR headsets up until now, and it would take a year or two to assuage its full impact. There have been general concerns about the social implications of VR headset usage with some experts contending that it would transform us into cyborgs.