More than a year ago the VR future was started with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. AR systems are also under construction. The first big hype is obviously over and also the investments vary very much. There can be no question of an end of the VR genre.
Currently, the message makes the round that Virtual Reality is “on the descent”. The basis for this statement is an analysis by Crunchbase, which actually leads to the fact that the VR investments in the first quarter of 2017 have fallen by 80 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2016.
In the first three months of the past year, 29 companies had received $ 1 billion of investment in developing new technologies and products related to Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). In the first quarter of this year, 26 companies received just $ 200 million. Since the beginning of 2016, the investment sums in Virtual Reality have declined considerably.
The statistics, however, have a huge catch. And this is about 800 million dollars hard. This figure fell in the first quarter of 2016 alone the developer Magic Leap in investments. According to the company, the company is working on a headset that can project computer-generated images directly into the eyes of the user, which would help augmented reality.
If these 800 million dollars, which flowed into a single technology, are left outside, the first quarter of 2016 results in a VR investment sum of around 200 million dollars. A similar amount came into the second quarter. In the third quarter, it was about 500 million dollars, followed by some 300 million dollars in the last three months of 2016. With the approximately 200 million dollars invested in the first quarter of 2017, Virtual Reality is not “on the descent” but looks At least in a yearly comparison to a fairly stable financing.