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4 Virtual Reality Trends and Predictions for 2022

Increasingly, our lives are going online, so these new ways to interact with reality offer more immersive and fuller experiences. Essentially, this means entertainment games and activities that are more authentic than ever. Taking a look at some of the key trends involved will help us understand how they will continue to influence our lives into the year 2022:

Improved Headsets and Hardware

Technology advances constantly, which means the hardware required for VR gets smaller and more powerful. When we’re talking about devices that need to be strapped to our heads, this is especially useful to the adoption of the technology! Lighter VR headsets will soon be available, as will lighter AR devices – California startup Mojo Vision already demonstrated how printed AR contact lenses could be used to project information directly onto the retina. As for hardware, it will get better and more advanced. In addition, researchers will strive to enable virtual environments to simulate realistic movement.

VR/AR/MR and 5G

With the rollout of 5G progressing at a steady pace, 2022 looks to be the year when widespread uptake makes it a mainstream proposition. With speed differentials of around 20 times higher than current mobile networks, and the capability of increasing them greatly, the benefits are not only faster data transmission, but the possibility of a wide range of data and services. Large data volumes required for running XR make wireless and cloud-based VR and AR feasible. VR technology has historically served gaming as a testing ground for other industries such as healthcare and education, so we should expect to see similar VR solutions aimed at other use cases emerge by the year 2022.

Extended Reality and the Metaverse

This concept is often called Web 3.0, and it’s the focus of a lot of excitement at the moment. 2022 is set to continue this trend. Metaverses do not necessarily have to exist entirely in XR, but the version that does has been getting the most attention. Immersive and experiential environments are at the heart of every XR application – something XR interfaces are particularly well suited for. Despite predictions that the metaverse will play a significant role in our lives, no one truly knows what the metaverse will look like if they are true. Because Meta is focused on VR, the feature is likely to be a core component. 

Extended Reality in Retail

As the retail industry undergoes substantial changes, both online and offline, XR technologies offer potential ways to innovate. Retailers can use VR solutions that are more immersive and engaging. As a result, AR technology can help brick-and-mortar retailers help people locate the items they are looking for on the shelves and provide the type of information and feedback that online shoppers have grown accustomed to. In real stores, we can anticipate more store fittings to be fitted with AR capabilities, such as virtual mirrors, allowing customers to try on clothing without having to change or touch anything.