“Experience the unreal as real with VR games” Unwilling to start the blog on a negative note yet did we hear that 2017 was supposed to be the year for Augmented and Virtual reality?
The year did not turn out as promising as was predicted for the virtual reality. Yet concluding on the note that both the technologies failed so far will be a bit over-the-top comment. iOS and Android game development companies, however, have high hopes in revamping the gaming experience of the ardent players. The expected million-dollar industry needs to mature first with enough headsets making way for each and every individual so as to raise profitable revenue for the mobile developers against the VR content designed by them.
Still, key competitors like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation are seemingly doing pretty well in the market so far. Google’s Daydream and Samsung Gear VR have recently entered the competition as well. Still, the doubtful present raises questions about the future of VR.
On the other hand, Nick Yee, head of game analytics consultancy Quantic Foundry, expresses “pessimistic” attitude towards VR being a dominant platform sometime in the distant future. Nevertheless, there have been some strategic developments made already or are in the process especially in the gaming industry.
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Let us see few striking examples where virtual reality has been or is going to be optimally utilized to immerse the viewers completely in the virtual world.
There have been words going around that VR headsets are likely to give the real-time concert experience to the audience even if they are physically absent from the occasion or are sitting at the back of the auditorium yet get a feeling of catching the action on stage from the first row. Concertgoers need to just insert their phones into an appropriate head-mounted case and start a specific application. This is undoubtedly an opportunity for the mobile application developers in the long run.
Wisconsin’s first Omni Virtual Reality opened sometime in the mid of January at StoneFire Pizza to give a totally immersive experience to the viewers. It is a game console where the player has to put on a headgear, harness, special sensor shoes and holding controls. Unlike any normal video game, here the players actually get to move their limbs and body. Are you getting a similar feeling like that of Pacific Rim here??
Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives Series comes with a new VR experience to immerse the players into an entire make-believe world. Scheduled for release in the month of March on Viveport and Steam for HTC Vive, the VR game is likely to give the experience of Jumanji 2…Did I just write Jumanji 2?? The players assume the role of either of the main characters in the fantasy series, experience the role of superpower and fight the odds to come up successfully. Hey!! Have you seen the film Jumanji 2?? If you did, you will understand what is offered here.
Modal VR, co-founded by Nolan Bushnell, creator of Atari and arguably the video game industry itself, plan on taking the users on a trip to the virtual worlds with friends and move around inside them as if it is real. 20,000 square feet of open space is transformed into alien planets, zombie-filled cities etc. However, it will take time before such a thing becomes a reality.
The above examples bring down to the important question and i.e…
What will be the future of gaming industry?
This particular technology once already met with the fatal deaths in the 90s. However, the current era is unlikely to let go of Virtual and Augmented Reality anytime soon. Back in the 90s, it was more of a gimmick possible only in theory or films like Jurassic Park-1. But, now it is a viable technology. Irrespective of the hurdles, the future looks brighter yet completely mashed up. The above examples raise possibilities of a future where the youth will remain completely immersed in the virtual environment owing to the addictive virtual reality component so much that their real world and virtual world will be completely mashed up.
This is only possible if more audience shipped in to try out the VR headsets. The high price has compelled many users to steer away from even attempting to try it. The high-price issue, however, is countered by the companies resulting in the massive drop in the price of the VR gears.
Currently, a price for Oculus Rift with Controllers dropped down to $349.
HTC reduced the price of its VIVE system to $599.
Samsung Gear VR priced at $99.
Google Cardboard costs around $15.
2017 witnessed the arrival of Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality Headsets.
Nobel laureate Dennis Gabor quoted, “the future cannot be predicted but it can be invented.”
Reduction in price can be the ultimate contributing factor to promote Virtual Reality technology in a broad way. When top mobile game development companies got a taste of it, they are likely to juggle more with technologies similar to AR, VR, AI etc. and try to give an out-of-the-world experience to the users with their apps, where reality and virtuality will be in a complete mess. The year 2018 might prove more promising for VR….
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