BOSTON, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual reality (VR) is a nascent technology that holds huge promise; it is an interactive medium that offers unparalleled immersion, paving the way for true emotional connection with content through total sensory engagement. While the VR market is poised for tremendous growth over the next several years, a recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service at Strategy Analytics, "UXS Technology Planning Report: Virtual Reality", surveying the needs, behaviors and expectations of future VR users, has found that current VR experiences lack the context required for real engagement with the medium.
Growth in the VR market will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allow the user to experience, preview, and escape reality. Early adopters of VR are predominantly gamers who are driven to the medium by the promise of 'being there'. However, the biggest risks to the nascent VR market are the lack of context, the lack of social capabilities and the hard-wired headset restricting player movement.
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Mathew Alton, Research Analyst and report author commented, "There are a number of ways that VR can be made more compelling: design content from the ground-up for VR to make use of its immersive properties; contextualize VR experiences to provide real emotional engagement with the content; and ensure sensory engagement with VR content through the ability to touch, see, and hear what's happening in virtual spaces."
Chris Schreiner, Director of Syndicated Research, UXIP added, "Manufacturers need to act on the opportunity to provide a platform for people to share their own VR Stories. VR is not entirely an isolated experience; the more sociable it is, the more attractive it is."
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Analyzing UX innovation opportunities in wireless, smart home, and other emerging technologies, UXS forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP's research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.
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