It seems that we first heard the term “virtual reality” a few years ago, and 2016 was the year that virtual reality (VR) finally broke through as a mainstream technology. We have witnessed the introduction of VR into many forms of entertainment, but what about games?
Virtual reality certainly has potential in a variety of industries, and although we still see it as a technology reserved for hardcore gamers, many have recognized the considerable potential for a variety of industries. This potential will only grow if more companies build customer-oriented experiences around virtual reality. The customization of VR and AR content is improved according to customer requirements.
The growing number of start-ups offering virtual reality gaming software is also expected to boost demand for virtual reality games. The adoption of cloud gaming will help drive the growth of virtual reality and AR games and other gaming applications in the future, and this will help drive adoption in the future.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great virtual reality (VR) games out there, but we could soon see more genres in the VR space. VR has the potential to improve the gaming experience, and VR, AR and MR shape the future in so many more ways than games. These are two technologies that can change the world we live in, not only in terms of gaming, but in many other areas as well.
Virtual reality is the more advanced of the three technologies, and you can play virtual reality games on your console without physically connecting. You can use an advanced laptop or PC that powers a VR headset, which provides a much more immersive experience than a traditional games console.
The Oculus Quest is not just for games, however, and is the best VR headset you can buy if you’re just getting started. If you want to try VR, you can choose to buy an OculusQuest or PSVR. Depending on the price and number of games available, buying a Rift, Vive or PlayStation VR (or even a PlayStation 4) may be more convenient for you.
The Vive Cosmos works with SteamVR like the Oculus Quest 2 and has its own virtual reality software store in the form of Viveport. At $300 and no additional cost, it delivers the best VR gaming experience of any VR headset available, anywhere.
The PSVR doesn’t have the best graphics of any PC virtual reality headset, but it’s an amazing video game platform. There are many virtual reality games to buy and play, including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest 2, Viveport, and even the PlayStation VR.
It remains to be seen whether OASIS will ever become a reality, but it looks as if the future of virtual reality will be the vehicle that will bring early adoption in prime time. Large companies like Modal VR show how much potential is in virtual reality. VR arcades offer enthusiastic gamers the opportunity to play VR games on the best devices at an affordable price. We may have to wait a while for the virtual reality arcade to become a reality, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Video game studios are beginning to develop more powerful games, and Oculus’s update aims to make virtual reality more social and improve engagement with non-gamers. This should also lead to a significant increase in the number of games available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Virtual reality promises a lot of future and offers all users immersive experiences.
The Oculus Quest VR headset is a good example of the practical application of this theory, but it’s not a device consumers are queuing up for. The headset has yet to be proven, however, and the fact that it costs $400 certainly pushes virtual reality hardware in the right direction.
Australian gaming company Zero Latency has a virtual reality experience, and I’ve tried PlayStation VR and even the Oculus Rift. But even these don’t offer nearly the same level of immersion as a full-fledged virtual reality gaming experience on a real-world computer. Upcoming devices include the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Sony’s Rift, and Oculus Quest, as well as the Sony PlayStation 4.
Meanwhile, phone-based virtual reality headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive are virtually dead. Oculus VR, for example, will launch a head-mounted display in March 2019, but we won’t be launching it until late 2018 or early 2019.
SteamVR has paved the way for the acclaimed Oculus Rift and the upcoming HTC Vive as well as the PlayStation VR. The PS5 is the next generation of consoles but is expected to be released next year, and we believe it will provide enhanced virtual reality support that integrates more and better games.
Factors contributing to the growth of the virtual reality game market include the ability to develop new gaming experiences, the increasing demand for virtual reality and augmented reality, and the increasing disposable income of consumers.