2016 is quickly becoming the “Year of VR”, but why does that matter and how does that affect you? What stops this from being another gimmick and why on earth should I consider dropping another couple hundred dollars on a piece of tech that will inevitably fade out in a few years? The answer to these popular questions is actually quite simple, because VR is here to stay.
For the person that was asking all of these questions, let me be there first to tell you, I was in your shoes at one time. I was probably one of the most apprehensive hardcore sony fans there was to the news that they were promoting another external piece of hardware. That is, until I actually played it.
At PSX 2015, I got to sit down and spend a little over an hour with the PSVR, and since that time I have literally been bidding my time to get my hands on the final product. During my play sessions, I got to check out the ever popular London Heist demo along with the promising FPS RIGS. In both circumstances I was blown away by several things. First, the hardware was comfortable to wear- any gamer that has sat down for a 6 hour game session can appreciate how vital this is. You need to be able to wear the device for a period of time without thinking, “Man, this thing is really killing my neck”.
Second, if you have never sat down with any VR device thus far, you owe it to yourself to hold your judgements before you get play time with it. It really is game changing(pardon the pun). At one point during my session with RIGS in which you literally aim with your face (jarring to think about but actually very smooth once in flight), I was able to stride to my right, look to my left to see where the competition was with their key player on a run towards the goal, and start shooting the opposite direction. This ability would literally be impossible to accomplish with a normal paddle, and with only 15 minutes into my match, I was successfully completing this task with ease.
Now the statement that I normally have to fight off is, “You and I both know this is going to be another gimmick like the PlayStation Move”. The fact is that with PSVR, the possibilities of use only begin with gaming. Just imagine the day when your favorite sports team is offering a season ticket virtual program in which you put on your headset and you are curtsied at the lakers game watching him throw a bucket of popcorn at the ref. It’s possibilities like these that only begin to open the door of opportunities like that.
While this may not be the year that you find a VR device in your living room, whether it be the PSVE, HTC Vive, or the Oculus, this will most likely be the year in which you find yourself at a party, friends house, or just at the mall with a unit available to demo. You owe it to yourself to pick it up and gain some valid opinions of your own. Trust me, it’s worth your time.
Now, what do you think? Have you demoed a device yet? Or is there already one sitting in your house and you could not care less? Please, let us know in the comments below!