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Is VR the future or just a passing gimmick?

With gaming advancing so much each year it can be hard to keep up with all the latest trends. However, VR seems to be steadily growing. Whilst there are plenty out there none of them seem to have actually ‘nailed it’ yet. I’ve spent the majority of my life either working or being involved in the gaming industry. I’ve seen so many VR games hyped up just to fizzle out days after release.

There’s been years of hype over particular VR headsets, just to see them fail. This may be down to them falling short off the mark on customer satisfaction or simply a lack of supporting VR games. Don’t get me wrong, there are games out there to support it (Resident Evil 7 being one of the better ones in my eyes) but sadly just not enough, and not with the longevity of other games.

Will VR ever take over the market?

I imagine this is a question developers have asked themselves many times. They’ve probably wondered whether it’s worth the time making their games compatible with VR. I imagine very few vote in favor of it. I personally do however see a future in it and have used some VR headsets (like the Oculus Rift) that have absolutely blown my mind. The problem I’ve found is that there aren’t enough interesting, entertaining and generally fun games.

A short answer to my question is no, Personally I do not think see VR the future of gaming,  but I do think they have a place in the market. Over the years there have been consoles such as the Nintendo Wii that has required us to get up and move about. Xbox’s Kinect similar to the Wii, Nintendo’s Power Glove and many more. Yes, some of them have been awesome and really brought family and friends together, but some have been hilariously bad.

All of these gadgets had one thing in common, they succeeded at what they were meant to do. They got people together and inspired new ways to have fun with those around you. At the end of the day when everyone’s gone home, you are back to your regular gaming session on your regular PC or console. So they do have their place, but I fear it’s a long way off till they are more than an additional feature rather than a standalone main gaming machine.

Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented Reality (AR) is another technology that is currently used to impress friends, but has very little place in a long term gamer’s homes. In honesty I actually would bet that AR will overtake VR in popularity very soon.

Imagine playing the new Gears of War with Microsoft’s Hololense, placing swarms of locust actually projected into your living room. I foresee players hiding behind their sofa, peering over to shoot. There’s the possibility to have real conversations with NPC’s that are in your room stood next to you. It almost sounds like I’ve watched Ready Player One too much, but after watching that movie I did think to myself “yeah, that’s an accurate portrayal of where I see gaming heading in the next few years”.

I’m interested to see what reader’s thoughts are on this subject. Do you prefer VR or AR? Do you think either has a place in gaming? Could they be the future of gaming? Is VR the future?

Let me know in the comments at the bottom!

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Co-Founder of unboxedreviews.com, gaming enthusiast with a history working in the gaming industry. Currently working as a web development manager. Loves survival games, anything with a great story and games that actually require you to think about what you are doing.

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