According to Forrester Research, there will be 52 million units of virtual reality head-mounted displays by 2020. This is in part due to the businesses and consumers that are becoming VR users. However, Forrester advises a strong marketing and executive plan to incorporate virtual reality into the enterprise. Although upbeat, as products such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard will boost adoption, there is an ecosystem of VR that is emerging. The devision is not entirely clear, as headsets will be split between high-end and mid-tier adoptions. Forrester Research did not gauge the market for the cheaper VR headsets such as Google Cardboard. In addition, Microsoft cited that there will be 80 million VR headsets by 2020, but this number is only a variable and could include the lower end VR headset models.
Forrester Research argues that there could be a VR market right now in 2016, but uses the age old support tactic of “the technology is 95 percent there”, isn’t that what every major tech startup says when no one is biting on their new technology? Despite my calling their bluff, I do think VR is going to blow up in the next few years, however if we are being realistic for the enterprise, I think augmented reality is going to blow VR right out of the enterprise water. Before 2020.
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