Gaming goggles, glasses for girls could be on the way by 2020
With gaming headsets and gaming gear already in high demand, a new type of gaming gear could be coming to the market in the near future, according to a report from Wal-Mart.
The retailer’s head of marketing and business development, Michelle Gorman, said the company has been eyeing the “game console,” “gaming gaming,” and “gaming glasses” market for years.
The market is “growing exponentially,” Gorman told Bloomberg Businessweek.
In fact, according the report, the gaming market is expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, up from $1 billion last year.
“Gaming is now the hottest new market in retailing,” Gormann said in a statement.
“As more and more consumers and developers embrace the power of gaming, we’re seeing a lot of new opportunities for new gaming and gaming-related products and services.”
Gormaninned the market with an “early 2020” launch date for the gaming goggles, she added, citing the company’s experience in developing products for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
According to the report from Businessweek, the new products could include “gaming goggles,” “head-mounted displays” and “headwear.”
In the future, the company is also reportedly considering making its gaming headset more affordable.
According the report: The technology behind gaming glasses and gaming goggles could be “in the range of $50,000 to $100,000” for a pair of glasses, Gorman said.
The glasses would feature an LCD screen, which would be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC, according Businessweek’s sources.
That chip, which is already in use in the Oculus Rift headset, would be used to display images, music, and video in an augmented reality (AR) style environment.
“The new gaming headsets will have a unique feature: the ability to be powered on a smartphone to run games on their own,” Gannoninned in a recent earnings call.
“This will allow for an entirely new type [of device] and new gaming experiences.”
As we reported in January, there’s already an “AR gaming headset” on the market that’s powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor.
This new technology would allow gamers to “see what’s around them,” according to Businessweek sources.
“In fact, you’ll see some games already that will have some of these AR games,” Golaninned.
The company has already said that it plans to roll out an AR gaming headset “soon,” although we’ve yet to see any specifics on that specific product.
“What we’re really excited about is that the industry will continue to see the full impact of the technology,” Garnoninning said at the call.
But while the technology behind these glasses could be used in AR, it’s not clear what kind of experiences they could be able to deliver.
According a report by Gizmodo, the technology used in the glasses is designed to “reinforce virtual reality, or VR, gaming experiences and enhance the sense of presence.”
However, while VR headsets are expected to be a big market in 2020, it doesn’t appear that the technology will be available in all areas of the world.
In the meantime, there are a variety of other companies out there that are building gaming glasses that will look cool and could be useful to a variety different users.
According, Businessweek: A pair of goggles that allow gamers “to feel like they’re not in virtual reality” would be a game changer.
They could even be used for gaming at night, said a Gannonite.
“Imagine having your friends at home or in a club watching a live game and being able to see who’s going to win or lose,” Ganna told the magazine.
“That’s a game changing experience.”