Virtual reality hyped up again

Virtual RealityVirtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades now but failed to catch on with many people, who found it gave them headaches.

But, according to a report from ABI Research, that’s going to change over the next few years with Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Facebook joining the push.

ABI estimates that there will be shipments of 43 million units in 2020, representing an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 107 percent.

People are going to take more interest in devices such as the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and Sony Morpheus, according to ABI Research analyst Eric Abbruzzese.

He said there’s a market for vertical sales in the education and industrial sectors, but augmented reality (AR) devices such as smart glasses will lead the way, accord to Abbruzzese.

He said that VR will be focused on entertainment and gaming and video will take the lead in pushing sales, but devices in industrial and automotive markets will also see some usage of devices.