50% of the marketing season is about to start and with many tech company’s wanting to get their product out in time for Christmas for a more successful launch. It can be quite interesting what we will see.
But here are some highlights of what to expect.
AndroidVR and Google Daydream Platform
Expected to be announced Oct 4, along with a new mobile phone the ‘Pixel’ to support VR and possibly Augmented reality, it is a shape changing event for Google and I expect many other of Google’s platforms to have something to give to the new VR & AR space. A new VR supportive version of Chrome and Chromecast will also most likely be in the mix. A expansion of YouTube360 ?
Oculus Touch Controller
To be released Oct 5 and while this has been long anticipated, it does not appear on the surface to be anything other than a handheld game controller. But it is the first one designed for full flavor VR in mind and its potential uses have yet to be imagined. That will be settled by developers.
It is very likely we will see further announcements of VR support for OculusVR in the social arena with FaceBook as this is started up and everyone is clamoring to be the center of attention at that start with things to do with your new VR stuff.
Cinema 4D kicks off a tour starting Oct 6th in Denver.
PlaystationVR and PS4Pro
Oct 13th is the date Sony is expected to release it’s long awaited VR HMD and updated console along with over 50 titles of game play in the library.
FoveVR and the EyeTracking Goggle
Expected to be revealed for pre-order on Nov 2 and perhaps we will get a early peek at those final specs.
While StarVR is not set for a retail release, it is going to be deployed in iMax theaters and possibly VR Arcades while we shop in the malls for x-mas. I believe much of this is a test run for next year.
AOC is launching a “Rift Like” HMD before Christmas but no exact date has been mentioned yet.
Apple could put something under the tree since the iPhone7 was designed and coded for AR in IOS-10. But we know Apple is a secrete as it can be till the last moments, so, it’s just speculation on my part. April is a more likely time.
Plenty of other hardware and software should be released supporting the OSVR platform over the next 6 months.
We should see yet one more large influx of new hardware and software in the late winter/spring of 2017.
In a years time It’s more than likely we might see second generation Rift and Vive.