Top 10 Virtual Reality Companies of 2017
Virtual Reality over the last few years have constituted a important advancement in modern technology. The ability to immerse yourself in a environment different from your own and different from reality has truly piqued the interests of the masses. This advancement has also facilitated great strides in many fields including military, healthcare and education. Gaming also has been a major industry that VR has integrated itself into.
As such companies now compete to make their VR systems stand out and here are the top 10 virtual reality companies which are succeeding in doing just that.
As per Wikipedia,
“Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to “look around” the artificial world, and with high quality VR move around in it and interact with virtual features or items. The effect is commonly created by VR headsets consisting of head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes, but can also be created through specially designed spaces with multiple large screens.”
The parent and holding company of Google, Alphabet is a forerunner and is a top company associated with VR systems. Google being the software and tech giant it is, has multiple VR applications from Daydream, Tilt Brush to Cardboard and Expedition each different in their own unique way. Google is one of those companies that have near unlimited resources and development of Virtual Reality to the extent of their caliber and our expectations is almost completely assured.
The developers of PlayStation and the Japanese Tech giant, Sony Corporation is a company we are all too familiar with. The company has provided quality services in electronic equipment over the years and expanded into the field of Virtual Reality with its latest PlayStation VR nicknamed Project Morpheus. The company is known for its products and the VR systems it creates are no less in satisfying the consumer’s expectations.
The social media network company entered into the arena of VR gladiators with its acquisition of Oculus VR. Oculus VR prior to acquisition was a American company specialising particularly in the development of VR software and hardware. The company now operates as a subsidiary under Facebook doing just about the same functions and just as well. The acquisition of this major company has made Facebook a major stakeholder in the ever expanding Virtual Reality world.
Ever since its inception Bill Gates’ Microsoft has never failed to deliver upon its commitment to the large number of customers it has around the world. The company also has expanded itself into the VR market and successfully sells VR headsets and computers. Being one of the forerunners in computer technology industry the question of doubting Microsoft’s capability does not even arise.
With their VIVE garnering considerable support in the VR market, HTC is one company to look out for in the Virtual Reality reality industry. Based out on Taiwan HTC began as an original design and equipment manufacturer and has made giant strides in the field of electronics and technology. The expansion of HTC into VR happened in 2016 and considering its growth in its field is a definitely a company to look out for.
Any avid gamer is fully and truly aware of Nvidia’s existence and its dominance in the field of providing stellar graphics to games. The company like all the company’s above have also stepped into the world of Virtual Reality. The company which is a giant in ensuring high quality graphics does not pose second thoughts to any prospective customer. Its ability to make the best products has been seen for the last 20 years and its working in the field of VR is also something to keenly look forward to.
Nvidia’s arch rival and another graphics giant AMD has also a considerable stake in the market for VR products. Known for its technical and graphical efficiency the company has entered into this market with its AMD LiquidVR Technology. As with every product it makes, the competition it gives to Nvidia and the other competitors will be worthwhile and will truly help the consumer benefit out of it.
The developer of Virtuix Omni, a omnidirectional treadmill simulator for VR games, Virtuix is definitely a company which has to be looked out for in 2017. The device it is known for works with a variety of HMD and plays a integral part in increasing the immersiveness associated with Virtual Reality where a person is actually walking around to the directions he wants instead of giving commands on a console stick. The product’s independence regardless of the company that creates the HMD is an important aspect to be truly considered.
A global leader in manufacturing processors for mobile phones, Qualcomm is also a major stakeholder with its Immersive VR. The company established in 1985 entered into the market with the Virtual Reality market with the obvious objective of providing its consumers with the best Virtual Reality facility that they can get and the company’s strides in order to do so is going to be something of great import in the coming year.
Another major technology industry player GoPro entered into the Virtual Reality industry with GoPro Omni. The Omni is a camera rig capable of sychronising six GoPro HERO4 Black Cameras to take videos and stitch and make them into 360° virtual videos. How the company expands in this field in this year is something to definitely keep track off.