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Sony's PS5 Showcase: What Have We Learned Ahead of the Next Console War?

Sony has finally given PlayStation fans the information they have been waiting for all year by announcing a launch date and price for the upcoming PS5, as well as sharing some tantalising content trailers showcasing the power of next generation graphics. The announcements come just weeks after Microsoft gave onlookers similar details regarding the ...

Futuresource Audio Collaborative Event Shifts to Virtual

Futuresource Consulting is delighted to announce that their well renowned Audio Collaborative event will be shifting to an all-virtual experience for the first time in six years. With health and safety being of prime importance during the coronavirus outbreak, Futuresource must ensure all co-workers, exhibitors, thought leaders and attendees feel a ...

Office Based Headsets - A Key Element of the Home Working Revolution

The rate of growth in the office based headset market has been steadily increasing in recent years. A key driver of this has been the rising importance of video conferencing, explored in Futuresource’s 2020 Video Conferencing report. Many end users have been looking to improve their video conferencing experience, leading to investment in more soph ...

Apple's iOS14 Enhances Multi-Tasking, Edge Compute and User Privacy

Apple released several major software updates for their products on 16th September 2020, including the long-anticipated iOS14 for iPhone. iOS14 is made available for all devices from iPhone 6s onward, covering products up to five years old. Arguably this arrived earlier than many developers expected, ahead of any announcements surrounding the new i ...

Surge in Corporate Video Use is Fuelling Growth in Entry Level Professional Video Products

The challenge for many businesses to facilitate home working at scale has proven to be a major catalyst in making video an everyday business tool. This has been one of the most significant operational and cultural changes businesses have faced in decades and has proven to be a fast track education for many in the benefits of using video. Now that m ...

Gaming Software, Hardware and Headsets on the Up, as Appeal Intensifies and Market Surges

The video gaming industry has risen to new heights in 2020, with prevailing market conditions stimulating consumer demand and console lifecycles coming together to create an environment of opportunity. According to Futuresource research, by the end of this year the gaming software market will be worth US $154 billion, and gaming hardware will end t ...

Wearables Market Fights Off COVID-19, as Device Ecosystems Shape the Future

From hearables to smartwatches, the wearables market continues to trend upwards as consumers seek out increasingly complex, feature-rich devices. Between wrist-worn wearables, hearables and XR displays, Futuresource’s research and market tracking highlights a total of 260 million devices shipped in 2019, with growth propelling the market to become ...

From Entertainment and Search, to Smart Home Control, Voice Assistant Technology Comes of Age

Smart speakers continue to capture the hearts and wallets of consumers, driving demand for wireless speakers and establishing a wider acceptance of voice assistants. By the end of 2019, 21 million smart speakers were in use in Western European homes, on track to exceed 32 million by the end of this year according to Futuresource forecasts. Althoug ...

TikTok, the New Social Playground for Advertisers to Reach Gen Z

New Kids Tech Consumer Research Explores Changing Viewing Habits and New Media Usage Video entertainment continues to play a pivotal role for brands seeking to attract the attention of kids, with the impact of COVID-19 and resulting rise in screen-time, a consequence of stay-at-home measures, further emphasising this trend. Highlights from Future ...

The Five Remaining Obstacles to High-Res Audio Adoption

High resolution audio, despite having been around for over fifteen years, is now closer than ever to achieving mainstream adoption. With the most affordable recording equipment enabling artists to produce music in High-Res, streaming services identifying improved audio experiences as a differentiator, audio manufacturers launching more premium devi ...

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