Pony Ma’s comment, at the Wuzhen World Internet Conference, suggests a serious intention by Tencent to build the first VR Social
Imagine sitting comfortably on the couch, taking your virtual reality device and entering a space where there are all your friends connected as avatars. Sounds like science fiction? Not for Pony Ma, CEO of Tencent, who at the Wuzhen World Internet Conference said that Tencent is seriously considering a social network VR.
Ma also explained the reasons why you can start talking about a Social VR. The first reason is the speed of the internet thanks to 5G. The download speed in China Telecom’s 5G test site at the conference, for example, reached 17 Gb per second.
Download speeds at China Telecom’s 5G test site at the conference reached 17 Gb per second!
However, even if Tencent’s CEO’s statement is optimistic, it will still be necessary to wait many years before seeing the first VR social media. In fact, there are still too many obstacles to its realization.
First of all, Tencent did not reveal anything about the new VR WeChat, so it’s hard to say exactly how it would work. Secondly, VR itself still has many problems: user experience is still not good enough, and hardware still lacks the accessibility for mass adoption.
China’s interest in VR appears to still be growing
If the United States is losing hope in VR – AltspaceVR had to shut down before being bought by Microsoft, and Facebook’s Spaces doesn’t seem to have gained any momentum after a high-profile launch -, China’s interest in virtual reality seems to be still growing.
According to a Canalys report, in fact, in the first quarter of 2018, China’s VR headset market grew 200 percent and accounted for 82 percent of the world’s shipments of standalone VR headsets.
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