Is Virtual Reality a Gimmick or the Future?
The Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus made a splash at GDC, but is VR here to stay?
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I don't think it's truly VR's time yet. Once they have figured out a way to toy with your senses so that you can actually physically feel the game around you, your mind won't be tricked enough. Two senses aren't enough to fool someone.
I generally don't even like wearing earbuds in my ear over a gaming session. Even something very light can feel weighted after an hour or two. There are other potential issues as well. One is that since the screen is right in your face like tablets. It could contribute even more to the rise of nearsightedness in people. There are other concerns of what effect such a device might have on your mind or body.
Usually the first to dismiss gimmicky deviations from TV/handheld, but I'm reeeeally excited about VR. Even if this generation won't succeed (no idea if it will), I at least like the fact that technology is advancing in that direction, at the very least. I see it as a very plausible potential "next step."
I think what's needed is some sort of hand glove. The propose of this glove would be to trick you into thinking that your holding, grabbing, pushing, or pulling something in that VR world.
The technology is definitely there and with all I've seen of the Rift I don't see this new VR push as a gimmick. Sony also looks like they have done a really good job with their new product. But it really boils down to the connection between the developers and the hardware makers. The hardware can be outstanding but if developers don't create products that work correctly with the hardware then it's never going to take off. The easier the hardware ties into the system, the easier it is to convert games to that format, the more likely we will see developers willing to work towards that goal. I hope it happens. I really feel that some form of VR is where gaming is headed. I personally can't wait to enter worlds in this fashion and to be able to look around and feel more like I'm there. Most games could benefit greatly from this type of visual experience. I hope it happens, but if the developers won't get behind it there won't be enough reason for gamers to buy into it. It's a tricky spot for everyone involved and there is a lot of risk at the beginning but I feel if the hardware is put together correctly it will be something everyone will want to experience. It definitely has the potential to change the way we game forever.
I honestly see it as a gimmick.
Itll be fun to mess with, horror games will be great, but ultimately I dont see it being something to carry into the future
It all depends on implementation. VR has to be more than just having a monitor at eye view. If they do it right, VR will be the future of gaming. If not, it's back to controllers and keyboards.
I tend to agree with Peter. I don't see VR going very far if companies try to hijack experiences we already enjoy with the goal of forcing VR down our throats. If they give us new ones that are tailored specifically for VR, I can see it working. Motion controls were used as a gimmick in most games, but it also had me bowling with friends and family and that never felt gimmicky at all.
@Anarchy023 Yep, it might sound far fetched but I think this sort of thing won't be a true thing until it is either dirt cheap, or we have something like neural implants so that we can ACTUALLY feel the world.
The hand glove concept can be pushed even further to include some sort of foot gloves to simulate movement which in my opinion will be much more difficult to achieve. But imagine your very own eyes, hands, and foot being used as the controller which will be much more natural then using traditional controllers in that VR world.
@wiouds I'm not entirely sure what you expected VR to be, if not a first-person visual experience that you can look around in. This is pretty much the extent of what people thought, in the past, VR would be like. I wouldn't know how immersive it actually is without trying it, but it seems like people find it really cool.
@Dasim64 There is nothing to be gained by VR. It won't enhance anything except motion sickness and eye problems.
There is no need to have a viewing apparatus that close to your eyes.
How would you know?
@Gelugon_baat Because he thought about it.
So mere thoughts make things work or not work?
That is wishful thinking.
@Gelugon_baat No, it is not wishful thinking. You're misunderstanding my comment completely. I'm not surprised...
VR is going to get boring fast, like 3D movies that give a lot of people headaches.
Having screens so close to your eyes is going to make people nauseated. This, coupled with the fact that people get bored of gimmicks fast, means that it is most likely not going to work. It will fail.
So, all it takes is for somebody to THINK about these facts and it is easy to see that VR will fail. Again. Like it always does.