We’re several years into the development of modern VR tech, and devices like PSVR, the Rift, and the Vive have all made it to market. But does it really have a bright future, or is it bound to collapse like so many other tech trends that promised revolution?
I ask, because while there have certainly been excellent VR titles released like Resident Evil 7, games as equally fleshed out and realized are few and far between. When I think of other big VR titles, at least on the PS4, games that come to mind are the very short and tech-demoish Batman: Arkham VR and the Until Dawn-themed rail shooter.
And even then, RE7 isn’t designed purely for VR and can be enjoyed on a TV. Heck, I once demoed Hitman Go on a headset and that was…I mean, it was playable? But not a reason to buy into VR.
From my own personal experience, VR has been a big turn-off. I wear glasses and have terrible, terrible eyesight such to the point that when I demoed a lower-end headset at PAX a couple of years ago, the focus knob couldn’t let me see a clear image even at maximum focus. And while I haven’t experienced any myself in the short times I’ve tried VR, I know of more than a few people personally that have gotten motion sick from the experience of sitting still with a headset strapped to their face.
But my personal experience aside, where are we with VR at this point? We have multiple headsets on the market, but few titles that have been truly compelling enough beyond the tech demo gee-whiz factor. And I can’t think of too many titles off the top of my head that are coming down the line that will change this. So is VR ever going to take that next step as a gaming device, or will it remain a niche that finds better success in other industries? At this point, I’m betting more on the latter. It seems like VR will have better use in the medical field than it ever will as a pure gaming device.
What do you all think?[poll type=regular]
- VR is the future of gaming!
- Eh, it’s a niche.
- It’s going to collapse. There’s no future here.
- HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM THE '90S?! WILL THE LESSONS OF THE LAWNMOWER MAN AND VR TROOPERS GO UNHEEDED?!