Video Games Will Become More Immersive Than Star Trek's Holodeck Eventually, Ubisoft Boss Says

Jade Raymond says, "We're always looking to think of new ways to surprise players."

Raymond wearing a Google Glass headset

Ubisoft Toronto managing director Jade Raymond is hopeful that one day video games can be more immersive than Star Trek's fictional Holodeck simulated reality system. During a speech at Gamelab recently, Raymond spoke about how the coming of wearable technology, virtual reality devices, and other further technical innovations will mold the future of gaming.

"We are constantly challenged by new technology, and we're always looking to think of new ways to surprise players," Raymond said during the event in Barcelona, as reported by Pocket Gamer. "I've always believed that one day games would be more immersive than Star Trek's Holodeck. I got into the game industry because I have a lot of questions, and I honestly do believe that games can help up answer some of them."

"I got into the game industry because I have a lot of questions, and I honestly do believe that games can help up answer some of them" -- Jade Raymond

Many are looking to VR devices like Oculus Rift or Sony's Project Morpheus as ways in which game creators can build more immersive experiences. However, commercial versions of those devices are not yet available, and it remains to be seen if VR can have mainstream appeal.

Impacting the future of gaming already, Raymond argued, are mobile games. During her talk she said she expects mobile games to rise in ubiquity and offer deeper integration with our daily lives. But at the same time, Raymond said there exists a lack of meaningful innovation in the mobile space right now.

"Mobile has attracted more people to gaming, but there hasn't been such a creative boom," Raymond said. "What passes for innovation on mobile is the recycling of 40-year-old game design, with real-world gambling and money stuck on top of it."

"These days though, I'm spending a lot more time on mobile games than I am on consoles. The form factor of mobile games is much more adapted to modern life. It fits our reality," she added. "Mobile gaming will become more integrated into our way of life as time goes on, and I like to call this transition 'ambient gaming.'"

For Raymond, "ambient gaming" will blur the lines of artificial intelligence and real-world interactions. "There are currently millions of AI bots on the social networks, and some of them are so good at impersonating humans that you've probably interacted with them without even realizing," she said. "The lines are being blurred, in games, and in reality."

Finally, Raymond said she thinks the game industry is on the brink of highly innovative breakthroughs.

"There are a lot of really exciting things going on, and I think we're on the cusp of a major innovation in games," Raymond said. "Ultimately, all of these connections we have as humans are actually becoming a real thing, and the hive mind is becoming a reality. Add games to that, and its a truly new way to comprehend and share those concepts."

Ubisoft Toronto is currently part of multi-studio efforts on the development of high-profile games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity.

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153 comments
souprice86
souprice86

seriously we need a gun like device to control first person shooter games

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

After Splinter Cell: Blacklist's commercial flop she'd better stays in the news if she wants to keep her job.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

i think this is bad for all of us. im already addicted enough to gaming as it is, its like saying we found a new way to inject heroine.

blitzinD
blitzinD

Considering we're still trying to get a TV screened strapped to your head not make you want to vomit, I think we're a long way away from Holodecks.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Forgive me, but the first thing I thought when seeing Jade with those glasses was: "What? Is that Jade Raymond? But she's gorgeous and that girl with the glasses looks quite plain. I guess no one looks good in those glasses". It's a bit easier to recognize her in this enlarged picture, but those glasses do a pretty good job of obscuring her features.


It's easy to say that eventually this or that will happen, but I don't see holodecks coming in the near future or the next decade(s).While holodecks would be really cool, I would still like to play the usual way.

funkerazmain
funkerazmain

Says the Boss of a company which is infamous for downgrading PC graphic quality so that people would buy more consoles

moute3
moute3

*sigh* until we can make the NerveGear from SAO, total immersion will not be possible.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

How much you want to bet she never actually watched Star Trek.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

This has got to be the dumbest statement I've seen a video game exec ever say. How is wearing welders helmets with TV screens inside even going to compare to a flippin Star Trek Holodeck?!

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

The question is, will I still be alive and physically capable of playing these games when they arrive? Or will it simply be PS9 vs. XboxAlpha?

jdt532
jdt532

Sadly true virtual reality as depicted in Star Trek's Holodeck wont happen in our lifetimes and the gimmicks we have today are pitiful substitutions. Also how can anything be better than virtual reality? That's the pinnacle of computer entertainment, once we get to that level I fail to see how we can top it. 

nomadski69
nomadski69

Yeah Ubisoft. In your trailers it will look more immersive than Star Treks Holodeck.

Unfortunately by release it will look like a dogs dinner...

NTM23
NTM23

I doubt that. Not in the near future anyways, and I highly doubt 'more' immersive. How can it be more immersive than that anyways? I also have to say, I don't want games to be like that. If it were to exist, that'd be cool, but not due to video games, though... I guess that can happen. The video game industry, the ones to create the first holodeck. Interesting.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

Rofl Holo deck in star trek is as immerse as it can get, it can get better then that,


And video games are NO WHERE NEAR THAT, neither is VR infact it will be long time before they can make that claim, i fact you cant make that claim that they will be more immerse there holodeck tech from star trek seeing that is as good as it gets.

hitomo
hitomo

holodeck is unreal ... never possible ... we got psycho active drugs for that matter though ... thats immersive in every aspect ... traveling faster then light / near light speed is also fiction ... humans will never leave this planet ... and why should they? ... because they want eacape their reality?

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

"I've always believed that one day games would be more immersive than Star Trek's Holodeck."

Sure.....in 50 years or more.

She is hot....but not very bright.

Pewbert
Pewbert

I want a holodeck with a virtual Jade Raymond.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

If Ubisofts future games are going to be stuttering, un-optimized pieces of crap on PC like their past games (Watch_Dogs), then its going to be real hard for them to be immersive no matter how "high-tech" they are....

Pewbert
Pewbert

It's indie developers that are bringing the innovation to gaming today, not the big corporations churning out the same series every year for $60!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

...and eventually humans will figure out warp speed for interstellar travel, someday. But like Star Trek, this crap won't happen for 500 years. This is all speculation.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Yeah I agree with the people saying if it's "better than a Holodeck it'd be real".


Now say if Ubisoft were to make a Holodeck it'd be more akin to B.T.L. from Red Dwarf, fans of that series/books would know what I'm talking about.

Dumper1
Dumper1

A holodeck Flappybird? NNNOOOOOOO! ;)

jhelms62
jhelms62

Better than a pseudo-virtual world designed with technology 400 years in advance of ours, which base on TNG, can do things like actually materialize semi solid objects from thin air?  This as much as any CEO shitspeak,shows how far off these large corporations are from reality.  Very exciting Jade, maybe though you might focus on actually making the crap you push out (typically far earlier than it should) actually work.  Just sayin.

pyro1245
pyro1245

wait wait wait... more immersive than a holodeck? The room that constructs an environment around you all the way to the basic atoms by converting energy into matter? More immersive than that? The only thing more immersive than a holodeck is a bigger holodeck.


Those VR face-strap screen devices will be good for racing sims though I bet.

lilflipp
lilflipp

Ubi's is stepping up their trolling game.


DRM doesn't work, but we have no intentions of getting rid of Uplay.

The Division downgrade confirmed.

Videogames will be more immersive than the Holodeck, that is why I am wearing these Google Glasses.

We are building an Animus running on Uos, will be more immersive than holodeck.

Animus has been downgraded to 1080i 2 months prior release.


vadagar1
vadagar1

in a matrix kinda way then sure... intercepting the signals the brain sends down the spine WILL pretty much create the opportunity to live and unlock brain powers we never even dreamed of....


u can live in a world where u can fly and taste heaven like food and sleep with god like beings and u can fight and not be harmed... u can swim in lava and taste molten gold...etc 


our brain is a perception device it does not care what "reality" ur in, as far as the mind is concerned reality can be anything it wants 


sure your real body would have to be half frozen or put on life support or just have ur nerve system removed and bottled up :P... but for a chance to live in a better universe in a heaven like state where u can spend the rest of ur days in peace and joy ... my body can go and F*** itself for all i care...

DrKill09
DrKill09

What's with those 1987 sunglasses?  They look retarded!  XD


And no, this will not happen.  What's wrong with a controller, or keyboard and mouse?  They've worked fine for decades.

DeKuip
DeKuip

Your right about that but its a step in the right direction, Probably will take at least a another 50 years to get something close that resembles the star trek holodeck.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@jdt532 I don't really see how the holodeck would work without tying people down... turns a tiny room into a massive planet or whatever... People would just keep running into walls, lol.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@Evil_Sidekick She went to McGill University (a top school) with a BA in Computer Science. She was recruited by Sony while still in school to work for them as a programmer where she co-created Sony Online's R & D department. She runs Ubisoft Toronto. She's a hell of a lot smarter than you are.

NTM23
NTM23

@Gravity_Slave They're actually studying it now. Previously we thought the Star Trek light speed, or faster than light was impossible due to how much energy would be needed for it, but now we're suspecting it's not as long as the ship is created correctly for it.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@pyro1245  The size of the holodeck wouldn't matter.  The beauty of the holodeck is that you wouldn't even be able to tell if you were in a bigger one.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Exactly. I think the ST Holodeck is the best any race could achieve. This guy at Ubi is a moron.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@vadagar1  You can taste molten gold in the real world too...  I believe Ralph Wiggum had it about right...it tastes like burning.


Just sayin'...

vadagar1
vadagar1

@DrKill09 horses worked fine for millennia

but some one seemed to think they were not good enough 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@n0xinab0x @Pewbert That's fine, because I want to play with her. ;)

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

You're just as big of a dunce as this Ubi Soft boss. I'm not even going to try and correct you. Anyone can see you're wrong.

NTM23
NTM23

@vadagar1 And now due to the current cars, we're ruining our own planet... That can be fixed though.

NTM23
NTM23

@Gravity_Slave Actually, no. You saying that tells me you haven't researched this stuff, so speak for yourself.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rorytmeadows @Hurvl Well, you were wrong with 3 years which is more than 10 % of 29, i.e. more than a neglible error, so it's statistically accurate to say that you were wrong about my age. 

Furthermore, a lot of people look at Jade Raymond and see a beautiful girl first and a managing director of a game company second or even third or fourth. It's unfair to look at her that way, but at least I'm aware of it and can therefore act to change that behaviour.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rorytmeadows @Hurvl I have larger ambititions in life than losing my virginity any time soon. Besides, I can manage any such desires by my own.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@rorytmeadows @Hurvl I've solved my "problem" and nobody got hurt, not even my wrist. I consider that a success. Now I can proceed with my life and fulfill my potential.

DeKuip
DeKuip

@rorytmeadows Hurvl is a visionary! The industrialized country's are turning asexual as we speak. In Germany a large group of youngsters(18-30 years old) don't want any kids at all. And a small part of them even see relationships as a way to halt their success in life. The world is changing fast and some are already further ahead then you may think. It will probably take 20 years or so to really be visible or maybe longer in some country's but that time will come. Don't even get me started about Japan which has already arrived in the age of total self dependence. 

DeKuip
DeKuip

@rorytmeadows @DeKuip Nerds are the reason your on the internet. True, Japan is a extreme in the matter and they really need to fix it. But Asexuality isn't the only source of this problem. Every new aspect in society needs time to adjust too, Just like feminism or atheism is changing or has changed western society. Change always needs time to get used too. One of these problems is that people in Japan aren't making baby's fast enough to keep up with demands. Technology and acceptance will have a important part in fixing that problem.