Currently when one thinks of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, gaming and entertainment immediately come to mind. While virtual reality has been in use within small and large companies for years, things may be about to get a whole lot more affordable and productive for companies around the globe. Today HTC announced a partnership with Dassault Systèmes, a global leader within the 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) spaces, which they say will bring VR applications further into the enterprise space.
There is no doubt that the Vive is in direct competition with Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and in order for one headset to pull ahead of another, both companies will need to cater to not only gamers but also educators and businesses. This is just what this partnership with Dassault Systèmes seeks to accomplish, as HTC will leverage Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which enables businesses to collaborate in 3D virtual environments, in real time, finding solutions to potential problems faster and more efficiently.
“We are in the age of the experience economy, which means that innovation must be driven by the value of experiences,” said Bernard Charlès, President & CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “With HTC Vive, our collaborative 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a second to none consistent experience of the virtual twin of the real world, thus addressing our customer needs in collaborative innovation from ideation to marketing and selling.”
With the virtual reality market expected to balloon to a $30 billion a year industry over the next four years alone, this partnership could catapult HTC to the head of the enterprise VR hardware space, while putting Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform in a firm position as a software leader within the space as well. There is little doubt that enterprise use of virtual reality could be a multi-billion dollar industry alone over the course of the next several years. It will be interesting to watch and see how other companies like Oculus may enter the space themselves.
“Virtual reality is a truly disruptive technology in business as well as our lives, and Dassault Systèmes is leading the way in demonstrating how VR can help organizations transform their business, enhancing their products and services or creating completely new offerings,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “We are delighted to have Dassault Systèmes as our partner who shares our values of innovation and quality and our ambition to drive VR into the enterprise space.”
Let’s hear your thoughts on this partnership and what it may mean for VR’s acceptance within the enterprise space. Discuss in the HTC / Dassault Systèmes Forum on VRTalk.com.