The ‘Virtual Reality’ (VR) phenomenon is already in the making and it is not too far-fetched for any common man to experience it in India. With a huge Smartphone subscriber base (160+ mn), India is expected to be one of the biggest market of VR Headsets as well.
To throw more light on the subject, VR basically – replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world or an imagined world, allowing the user to interact with that world.
Believe it or not but Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.
Last year, there have been 2 major launch in this space:
- March 2015: HTC partnered with Valve Corporation to announce their virtual reality headset HTC Vive and controllers
- July 2015: OnePlus was the first company to launch the OnePlus 2, first viewable using an app on the Google Play Store, then on YouTube. The whole VR launch had a runtime of 33 minutes, and was viewable in all countries.
The most common VR devices out in the market includes: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR (co-developed with Oculus), LG 360 VR, Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One and One GX.
However, none of these options are offered at an affordable prices. According to Thomas George, senior vice president and head of CyberMedia Research(CMR):
“I feel that VR adoption is currently at a minuscule level in India. Many firms like Sony, Samsung, HTC, OnePlus have joined Facebook’s Oculus platform in the virtual reality space. But we are still far away from its widespread adoption here.”
According to experts, although these are early days for VR, companies the world over – including in China, from where low-cost VR headsets will soon flood the markets – are now investing heavily in VR technology.
“We may not be 100 percent ready but definitely India should be seeing some activity around VR this year, especially the introduction of devices with VR features. This small step could in time serve as a ‘big leap’ and the start of more serious adoption in the country,” notes Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst, telecoms practice, CMR.
In my opinion, once these options are available in an affordable price range, all the tech-savvy youth is going to use it, try it and experience it – to visualize a different Virtual World! Sounds amazing.