Orion VR coming to Malaysia
By Digital News Asia June 1, 2016
- ECS to distribute Orion VR
- Available in two form factors
ICT distributor, ECS ICT Berhad is expanding its distribution portfolio after securing the distributorship of the Orion VR goggles for the Malaysian market. Similar to Samsung’s Gear VR, the Orion VR goggles utilises a smartphone as its screen to immerse users into a digital simulation of an environment.
ECS’ Chief Executive Officer Soong Jan Hsung commented that the proliferation of VR applications which are adapted for personal computers and smartphones indicated the formidable potential of this technology.
He said, “Entertainment has taken the next leap and is no longer passive, because this generation of digital-savvy users crave the full experiential effect. ECS is leading this revolution in the Malaysian market, starting with homes. From our perspective, bringing in the ‘Orion’ VR goggles is also complementary to our smartphone distribution segment, seeing that smartphones are an integral part of these goggles. I believe we are only scratching the surface of this nascent VR space, and that this is a crucial step into the truly digital era.”
Soong added that the potential of VR would likely evolve to encompass commercial uses as well in the future.
The Orion VR goggles is now available at SenQ, Thunder Match, Harvey Norman, All IT Hypermarket, Kinsei Information Systems, IT One Superstore, IT world, Store by C-zone, Brightstar Computer, and Connect stores nationwide.
It comes in two varieties; the ‘Orion S1’ goggles which is equipped with a built in ear phone priced at RM288 and the ‘Orion V1’ goggles which is a standalone product priced at RM188. Both goggles are able to fit 4.6-inch to 6.2-inch iOS and Android powered smartphones.
In April 2016, the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasted that 9.6 million units of VR hardware will be shipped globally this year, versus 0.4 million units in 2015. Additionally, IDC also predicts that by 2020, the number of global VR hardware shipments will increase to 64.8 million units, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 183.8%.
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