For a long time, virtual reality has been a figment of our imaginations and something that we’ve seen only in sci-fi movies. However, with the advancement of technology, we are now closer than ever to putting virtual reality into practical use. As we, the gamers, go crazy over new technologies, it is not a surprise that one of the markets most affected by the improvement of virtual reality technology is the world of gaming.
Game developers have strived for decades to make their games more immersive. It was done by improving graphics and sounds, creating better storylines and working on the gameplay. Many games allow you to create characters that are part of a new world. Games like World of Warcraft are literally that — new worlds with maps so big that they can take years to explore. All of that was done for the sake of the players who feel like they are part of that world. By adding virtual reality, there will be no need to feel as if you are a part of the world of your favorite video game — you will actually be a part of it.
Even though it has existed for quite some time, virtual reality is still a relatively new technology. In other words, there is a lot of room for improvement. Not only that, but many video games of today are adapted only to playing in virtual reality. Can you imagine how games that are made entirely for the sake of being played in virtual reality will look and feel like, and how different the experience of playing them would be?
If you go back in time, you might remember that the first personal computers were not that widespread. They were all but cheap, and they weren’t as accessible as they are today. The same can nowadays be applied to virtual reality headsets. Albeit the price isn’t insanely high, they are still pricey for an average gamer, and many gamers would rather invest in something that is more popular, like consoles or PCs.
Although tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and HTC are investing in VR, the market will boom once that technology becomes available not only to avid gamers but to the general public as well. When that happens, virtual technology will become an endless stream of possibilities and, right now, it has already been on a great path to achieve that.
As things currently stand, in order to access virtual reality games online, you’re required to have a VR headset like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. However, those headsets only display a picture and play sound, affecting just two out of five senses. Implementing the sense of smell and taste into VR might seem like a far-fetched reality now, no pun intended, but having tactile feedback is not all that far ahead of us.
Currently, in order to move around and interact with objects in VR games, you need to use a hand-held controller or have specially-designed VR gloves that can react to our movement.
However, as spoiled as it sounds, what we want are full body suits that will remove the movement restrictions and allow us to experience the immersive worlds on a whole new level. Considering the pace of the technological development, all that might become a standard one day; and who will enjoy it more than gamers?
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