The virtual reality (VR) has grown at an alarming rate over the past 3 years. Since Oculus VR passed its historic Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) an incredible number of developers, hardware companies and others have pledged support for this new technology. Keeping track of exactly who is working in VR is an almost impossible task, but it’s one that market intelligence company Greenlight VR and VR marketing and PR agency Virtual Umbrella are tackling. Today the pair have revealed a European VR Ecosystem Map, detailing all companies within the region working in VR.
Seen below, the map lists over 150 companies from more than 20 European countries into 18 virtual reality product categories. This includes sections such as Events & Communities, Social Apps & Marketplaces and, of course, Content Studios, which is split into sub-categories for those working on videogames, creative services, and cinematic VR. Many of these names will be familiar to those following the VR industry right now, with the likes of Radial-G developer Tammeka Games and Surgeon Simulator team Bossa Studios featuring.
Other collaborators on the project include Sami Hamid, Mark Chitty, Petr Legkov, Samantha Kingston, Krzysztof Izdebski, and Albert Millis. Greenlight VR will also be delivering a 2016 Global Outlook on the VR industry in the near future. From its research, the company has suggested that VR companies outside of the world’s technology hub, Silicon Valley, will be able to thrive.
Of course, VR companies are only set to grow even further heading into 2016, as consumer HMDs are finally released. The Oculus Rift is due in Q1 2016 while PlayStation VR will likely follow a little later on in the H1 window. Valve and HTC’s Vive on the other hand will be releasing in a limited fashion towards the end of this year with a wider launch taking place in 2016.
VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR HMD and company, reporting back with the latest updates on them.