Over the past few years there has been murmuring about VR (virtual reality) and how it's going to change the landscape of the video game industry. As the years passed though, the gaming community only received bits and pieces about VR tech rather than full concrete facts, all the while seeing different companies invest millions of dollars into this mystery technology. This past June at E3 in Los Angles, gamers everywhere were given a more in-depth look at what's to come from VR in the form of the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and Playstation VR. While some gamers and critics are excited for what VR will bring to the table, many others are wary that VR doesn't really have anything new to offer and will end up being an overpriced gaming industry "gimmick". All this talk brings us back to the title of this post's discussion: Is VR the future of gaming? In my short post I want to offer two possibilities/scenarios I can see happening with VR technology in the gaming industry in the next few years.
Why VR could be the future of gaming:
Why VR might not be the future of gaming:
Cost and Intuitiveness. These two things will be the biggest hurdle in VR being adopted by the mainstream gaming community and the general public. First looking at cost, VR is extremely expensive when compared to standard console or PC gaming. Anyone interested in playing the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive will have to shell out about $1,000 for just the VR headgear and controllers plus they will need to invest about $1500-$2000 more on a top of the line gaming PC with a high end graphics card and cutting edge processors to actually power the VR system. In total we're looking at almost $3000 in some cases and that's a high barrier of entry, especially when you look at the fact that most console gamers usually invest about $500 on their home console systems. Playstation VR isn't that much better with a startup cost of $400 plus an investment of a PS4 at about $350, though Sony will launch a new PS4 Neo alongside the Playstation VR that will be more powerful and optimized for VR which will probably clock in at about $500. So when it's all said and done Playstation VR will cost about $750-900. With any of these VR options someone might choose, there is a substantial financial cost for technology they're just not sure about.