The Oculus acquisition by Facebook for US$2 billion in 2014 has triggered an investment spree for VR (virtual reality). According to MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), an ICT research institute based in Taiwan, of the total investment value of US$800 million last year, Google-backed Magic Leap alone obtained US$540 million while the remaining went to some hardware manufacturers. In the first half of 2015, the VR investment amounts totaled US$200 million, only one-fourth of that last year, but the number of investees already exceeded 25.
Changes in Total Value of Venture Capital Investments for VR, 2014 – 1H 2015
MIC, November 2015
Looking closely at VR capital investment options in the first half of 2015, MIC revealed two major findings. First, VR hardware investment has been shifting from content consumption devices such as HMD and controller to content production devices such as videorecorders for taking VR photos and images. Second, the number of software investees and invested amounts both increased. This reflects that investors have acknowledged VR would be a key factor for them to get a more curved growth pattern.
What is noteworthy is that investors tend to underscore the values of platform development that embodies VR interactive fields and VR apps stores, instead of jumping straight into VR content production.
To see more about this report, please visit: Development Trends and Future Opportunities of Virtual Reality and Its Applications
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