Virtual Reality (VR) in this information age is a buzzword, however soon the situation will change as many companies are understanding its application. As the technology is rapidly becoming more widespread and awareness of its potential is growing day by day, VR will go mainstream. However, like any new and revolutionary technology, with all the benefits it offers, it also offers a number of significant challenges. Virtual Reality comes with the challenge of how to deliver massive files over the internet.
The possibilities with VR are endless, however, the challenges need to be taken care of. Some of them are listed below:
- Data Storage
File sizes generated by VR are significant and depending on the camera, can produce up to 1TB of data per hour. A sports organization streaming 60 games per year at three hours per game must be prepared to store more than 180 TB. Looking at such sizes, storing this data is the biggest barrier to companies who are planning to invest in VR. The ideal scenario for storing VR data must be one that enables organizations to access and edit their VR files as necessary, while also allowing them to economically archive them, thereby protecting and preserving data for as long as it’s needed.
- Content Distribution
Technological development in the media sector will cause an enormous increase in data production and consumption. Content providers will need platforms that support VR content and a robust infrastructure with the capacity to support large amounts of data. Distributing these data will be a headache as VR content requires bandwidth multiple times higher than the normal data transfer. Traditional methods such as FTP and HTTP can’t transfer large volumes of data at different distances. We need to make sure we use faster file transfer methods. eSecureSend our SaaS solution moves data 20X faster than regular FTP. It is necessary for an organization to use a secure, reliable, easy to use and faster method for transferring the enormous VR files, anywhere at any point in time.
- Device challenges
The VR devices are bulky and uncomfortable to wear as the field of view (FOV) is the biggest limitation. These devices have a FOV of up to 90 degrees, as compared to the 190 degrees horizontal and 120 degrees vertical which is necessary for a normal human vision. For these devices to create impressive experiences, they must capture as much of the FOV as possible. For the normal human eye to see, the projected image needs to be in a large FOV.
- Higher cost & streaming
VR technology is very expensive. Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive cost upwards of $500 for the combo of headset and controllers. To solve one component of the latency problem, the driver for the content has to be powerful enough to maintain a recommended frame rate of more than 90 fps. This is the reason that VR content only works well on powerful machines. Streaming is also a challenge. Because the content needs to be in high resolution and needs to render at a much higher refresh rate and the bandwidth required for streaming grows a lot.
Virtual Reality is changing the internet and more VR content is being developed every day, but mass-market adoption and success are impossible without an effective, reliable and scalable content delivery strategy. If virtual reality is expected to be a future staple, there is plenty of work to be done around the technologies and the overall user experience.