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  • Nokia's Okey Dokey to Virtual Reality Adds Another Player to the Mix


    Though Nokia execs are keeping mum about details, industry watchers are abuzz about the company's plans to show off a virtual reality product soon. It could be a Nokia headset of its own. Whatever it is, it's slated to be shown off at a tech event in Los Angeles in the coming days, VRjournal is reporting.

    "From a VR perspective, a Nokia VR device would be another product for consumers to mull over and developers to possibly build for," adds David Nield for ReadWrite."The movement kicked off by the Oculus Rift has since attracted the likes of HTC/Steam, Samsung (whose device runs Oculus technology), Sony, Google and several smaller names, not to mention related projects by giants such as Microsoft."

    Of course, since Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile phone business in 2013, the company has probably been looking for "the next big thing." After all, the Finnish firm was once the largest purveyor of mobile phones in the world.

    "Nokia's play for virtual reality could be even more important -- or at least more exciting -- than any attempt it could make to dip back into the saturated smartphone market," notes Nield.

    Virtual reality represents -- for many companies and creators -- a whole new universe of possibilities. For the moment, with few facts on the table, Nokia's device is still a mystery, as is any idea whether it would work off an existing platform or present a new one to the growing cadre of VR app developers.

    For now, little is known about next week's event or whatever device Nokia may show off there—including what support for it might look like. In other words, it's not clear if this rumored headset will work off an existing platform, or foist yet another on app developers.

    Sources: VRJournal, ReadWrite
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nokia's Okey Dokey to Virtual Reality Adds Another Player to the Mix started by Michael Essany View original post