Navigating the sandbox : Disruptive trends in the video gaming industry

The video game industry has come a long way since Pong and Tetris.Estimated to have generated $108.9 billion in 2017 alone, video games bring in roughly double the revenue of the global music1 and movie2 sectors combined. The industry serves 2.2 billion gamers, and it’s only expected to grow: researchers forecast that it will be a USD 128.5 billion market in 20203 .This paper takes a close look at the state of the video game industry today, identifying some of the key challenges that it’s grappling with. More importantly, it explores the technologies and trends that are sweeping the sector, and offers game makers an insight into how they might be harnessed.

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Best Oculus Rift Fitness Games 2020

Article | August 4, 2022

No matter what VR headset you own, there are some great virtual reality fitness games at your disposal. However, the Oculus Rift’s stacked catalog and quality exclusives makes it a great option for any fitness enthusiast. From games built around working out to enjoyable titles that make you forget about how active you are actually, there are hundreds of choices. That’s exactly why it can be overwhelming for those that just picked up a headset. To help you find the right fitness title for you, we here at VR Fitness Insider have come up with a list of the best Oculus Rift fitness games 2020. These games are an excellent part of anyone’s fitness journey.

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Music and podcasts are competing for the same time

Article | July 11, 2022

The pandemic changed media consumption.Consumers acquired an extra 12% of entertainment timeand though everything was up, some categories grew much faster than others. One of the biggest gainers was spoken word audio, with podcasts and audiobooks seeing dramatic rises and while music hours grew too, the increase was below 12%, which means that music lost share. In the current entertainment environment of plenty this may be an academic concern, but when life returns to some form of normality (commutes, going out, gyms etc.) some or all of that extra 12% of entertainment time will go, which means that growing by less than the market average could translate into decline.

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Metaverse: Transforming B2B Businesses with Technology

Article | August 2, 2022

In the 3D interactive space of metaverse, nothing is impossible. People from various corners of the world can create, share, and explore virtual worlds in this space. They can also interact, trade, and do business. What does metaverse offer B2B businesses, though? Let us take a look. From Virtual Storefronts to Digital Employees While metaverse is still in the early stages of development, businesses can have their own virtual storefronts, digital employees, and virtual currency in a virtual reality. Business exclusive metaverse platforms like Sansar, Somnium Space, and Decentraland offer companies an option to establish their virtual presence. How is Metaverse Transforming B2B Businesses? Metaverse presents businesses with the unique opportunity to build client relationships face-to-face. Branded experiences like product announcements, product showrooms, company updates, educational sessions, conferences, and networking events can be done in metaverse. Let us explore other ways in which metaverse can enrich B2B businesses: Richer Customer Experience Immersive buyer experiences influence prospects to make purchase decisions faster. B2B sellers in metaverse can create such experiences through interactions that surpass traditional sales approaches and focus on visually attractive sales presentations to convert prospects. Effective Marketing and Advertising New marketing and advertising opportunities in metaverse are developing with every passing day. Over time, companies may be able to sponsor events or create targets ads to attract a certain demographic. The companies that establish themselves in the metaverse might have a bigger advantage in this regard compared to the companies that venture into it later. Higher ROI and Sales Increasing sales and ROI are crucial for every business. Reaching new markets and tapping into new revenue sources is easier with metaverse. It will allow salespeople to host multiple meetings with buyers living in different parts of the world without having to leave their actual office, saving multiple costs while conveniently still creating client relationships that last. Improved Workforce Efficiency Metaverse-based training simulations help employees upgrade their skills. Additionally, customer service associates can create avatars to provide business customers assistance in real-time. Metaverse encourages employees to communicate better and allows remote employees to virtually connect for projects, meetings, and feedback. Last Word B2B businesses can capitalize on the convenience of metaverse and harness this latest technology to offer their customers visually immersive experiences.

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How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | April 20, 2021

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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Qumu Named a Top Purpose-Built Streaming Platform By Wainhouse Research

Qumu Corporation | June 08, 2022

Qumu Corporation (Nasdaq: QUMU), a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise video technology, announced it has been positioned by Wainhouse Research, LLC in the top right quadrant of the newly revised vendor landscape for behind-the-firewall streaming solutions.The report, Rethinking the Enterprise Streaming Video Platform Market, features vendors in categories based on their completeness of solution and extensibility. Wainhouse places Qumu in the Purpose-Built Streaming category. According to the report, these platforms are purpose-built to enable enterprise streaming on a turnkey basis with a robust set of open APIs that facilitate the integration with other communication and collaboration technologies. This is the seventh time Qumu has placed in the top-right quadrant for the enterprise video landscape. Global 2000 organizations trust Qumu for their video communications at scale to achieve business goals. Over the last 12 months, our customers have created more than 10,000 videos/month and reached more than 7 million views/month. “The growth momentum in enterprise video use corresponds to how organizations increasingly operate with end users working from anywhere, on any device, at any time and connecting to corporate resources in internet-accessible cloud platforms,” -Steve Vonder Haar, Senior Analyst at Wainhouse Research. This recognition comes in a year of prolonged disruption,” said Rose Bentley, CEO and President of Qumu. “Companies around the world and across industries continue to be challenged by the pandemic, constrained labor availability, and global shortages of raw materials, to name a few. It has become even more critical for companies to rethink and reprioritize how they engage with their employees, customers and partners, making video a critical tool in their tech stack. It is the cornerstone of digital transformation for the enterprise. For more information about Qumu, visit Qumu.com. About Qumu Corporation Qumu (Nasdaq: QUMU) is a leading provider of best-in-class tools to create, control, deliver, experience and analyze live and asynchronous video at scale. Backed by an experienced team of software and video experts, Qumu’s software enables globally distributed organizations to drive employee, customer and partner engagement, modernizing business by providing more efficient and effective ways to communicate and collaborate. About Wainhouse Research Wainhouse Research is an independent analyst firm that focuses on critical issues in the unified communications and collaboration market. The company provides end-to-end coverage of the UC&C industry, with areas of focus covering unified communications, enterprise video, meeting room collaboration, personal & web-based collaboration, and audio conferencing market segments. The company acts as a trusted advisor providing strategic advice and direction for both the UC&C industry and its enterprise users. http://www.wainhouse.com.

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Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

digitaltrends | January 20, 2019

The Walking Dead generated a lot of hype when it was first announced by Starbreeze Studios and its Overkill Software, the studio behind Payday 2. The initial launch date was set to sometime in 2016, but the game suffered massive delays.In January 2016, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was delayed into the second half of 2017. Then, in May 2017, the game was again delayed, pushed into the second half of 2018. At E3 2018, the launch date was set to November 2018, but the console versions were delayed to February 2019.Despite the delays, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was generating hype through the trailers and gameplay videos being released for the co-op shooter. The Left 4 Dead formula, combined with the story-building elements of The Walking Dead universe, displayed potential. Unfortunately, when the game was finally released for the PC through Steam, the reviews were not as good as Starbreeze would have hoped.Overkill’s The Walking Dead currently has an average score of 52 on Metacritic, with negative points including the lack of tutorials and voice chat, the long loading times, and difficulty spikes.

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Origin's Chronos PC is no looker, but it plays games with eye-popping detail

digitaltrends | January 21, 2019

We love giant tower computers. They’re big, bold, absurd, and we frankly prefer our computers to look more like an alien monolith than a useful piece of modern technology. Yet our way of thinking is certainly on the out. Computers continue to shrink in size as they grow in power.Which brings us to the Origin Chronos. The smallest desktop PC in the company’s line-up, the Chronos measures a bit less than a foot tall, four inches wide, and about 14 inches deep. That’s smaller than most A/V receivers, or about the size of Microsoft’s Xbox One X. It offers full-fat performance despite that. Our review unit came packing a Core i9-9900K and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti, surely more than enough to please.Maybe the question is no longer “why should I buy a small desktop?” Maybe it’s now “why should I buy anything but?”

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Qumu Named a Top Purpose-Built Streaming Platform By Wainhouse Research

Qumu Corporation | June 08, 2022

Qumu Corporation (Nasdaq: QUMU), a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise video technology, announced it has been positioned by Wainhouse Research, LLC in the top right quadrant of the newly revised vendor landscape for behind-the-firewall streaming solutions.The report, Rethinking the Enterprise Streaming Video Platform Market, features vendors in categories based on their completeness of solution and extensibility. Wainhouse places Qumu in the Purpose-Built Streaming category. According to the report, these platforms are purpose-built to enable enterprise streaming on a turnkey basis with a robust set of open APIs that facilitate the integration with other communication and collaboration technologies. This is the seventh time Qumu has placed in the top-right quadrant for the enterprise video landscape. Global 2000 organizations trust Qumu for their video communications at scale to achieve business goals. Over the last 12 months, our customers have created more than 10,000 videos/month and reached more than 7 million views/month. “The growth momentum in enterprise video use corresponds to how organizations increasingly operate with end users working from anywhere, on any device, at any time and connecting to corporate resources in internet-accessible cloud platforms,” -Steve Vonder Haar, Senior Analyst at Wainhouse Research. This recognition comes in a year of prolonged disruption,” said Rose Bentley, CEO and President of Qumu. “Companies around the world and across industries continue to be challenged by the pandemic, constrained labor availability, and global shortages of raw materials, to name a few. It has become even more critical for companies to rethink and reprioritize how they engage with their employees, customers and partners, making video a critical tool in their tech stack. It is the cornerstone of digital transformation for the enterprise. For more information about Qumu, visit Qumu.com. About Qumu Corporation Qumu (Nasdaq: QUMU) is a leading provider of best-in-class tools to create, control, deliver, experience and analyze live and asynchronous video at scale. Backed by an experienced team of software and video experts, Qumu’s software enables globally distributed organizations to drive employee, customer and partner engagement, modernizing business by providing more efficient and effective ways to communicate and collaborate. About Wainhouse Research Wainhouse Research is an independent analyst firm that focuses on critical issues in the unified communications and collaboration market. The company provides end-to-end coverage of the UC&C industry, with areas of focus covering unified communications, enterprise video, meeting room collaboration, personal & web-based collaboration, and audio conferencing market segments. The company acts as a trusted advisor providing strategic advice and direction for both the UC&C industry and its enterprise users. http://www.wainhouse.com.

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Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

digitaltrends | January 20, 2019

The Walking Dead generated a lot of hype when it was first announced by Starbreeze Studios and its Overkill Software, the studio behind Payday 2. The initial launch date was set to sometime in 2016, but the game suffered massive delays.In January 2016, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was delayed into the second half of 2017. Then, in May 2017, the game was again delayed, pushed into the second half of 2018. At E3 2018, the launch date was set to November 2018, but the console versions were delayed to February 2019.Despite the delays, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was generating hype through the trailers and gameplay videos being released for the co-op shooter. The Left 4 Dead formula, combined with the story-building elements of The Walking Dead universe, displayed potential. Unfortunately, when the game was finally released for the PC through Steam, the reviews were not as good as Starbreeze would have hoped.Overkill’s The Walking Dead currently has an average score of 52 on Metacritic, with negative points including the lack of tutorials and voice chat, the long loading times, and difficulty spikes.

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Origin's Chronos PC is no looker, but it plays games with eye-popping detail

digitaltrends | January 21, 2019

We love giant tower computers. They’re big, bold, absurd, and we frankly prefer our computers to look more like an alien monolith than a useful piece of modern technology. Yet our way of thinking is certainly on the out. Computers continue to shrink in size as they grow in power.Which brings us to the Origin Chronos. The smallest desktop PC in the company’s line-up, the Chronos measures a bit less than a foot tall, four inches wide, and about 14 inches deep. That’s smaller than most A/V receivers, or about the size of Microsoft’s Xbox One X. It offers full-fat performance despite that. Our review unit came packing a Core i9-9900K and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti, surely more than enough to please.Maybe the question is no longer “why should I buy a small desktop?” Maybe it’s now “why should I buy anything but?”

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