Despite advances in virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices in recent years, an undercurrent of frustration has run behind the technologies, which are collectively known as extended reality, or XR. It often feels that although XR has promised a lot, a piece of the puzzle has been missing. This hasn’t been helped by companies that have built huge hype and then struggled under the weight of massively inflated expectations.
I’m optimistic that this is about to change, and that the pieces of the XR puzzle are coming together.
New XR headsets are slimmer, lighter and more powerful than previous iterations, making for a better user experience. This trend should only continue as manufacturers refine the technologies used to build their headsets. Alongside this, the roll-out of 5G networks will provide the infrastructure for a new wave of mobile edge computing. This means that new XR headsets will be able to use 5G split rendering, taking advantage of high-throughput, low-latency connections for processing and streaming content. Consequently, more attractive XR experiences will be available to all, thanks to improved hardware.
Getting this right will have huge value throughout the entire XR value chain...