I wanted to separate this topic from my VR thread because I don't feel it fits. I see a lot of people equating VR to 3D or other such gimmicks, these people have obviously not tried Virtual reality proper.
A steering wheel is not a gimmick, it serves a purpose that a keyboard and mouse or an anolouge stick can not. It's the opposite of a gimmick. As with 3D, there is nothing you can do with 3d that you can't do on a 2d screen, I.e a tricky little gimmick. VR tricks your main two senses and proprioception into thinking you are in a virtual world, it's not a gimmick however as it provides things you simply can not do without the technology. There is no gimmick, here, simply a new technology which expands on all that came before it. I understand how this is hard to fathom if you haven't tried VR proper. Play windlands, superhot VR or anyone of the "hot" VR games on a decent system like psvr or Windows MR and above and you will instantly see the breath of value this technology provides over a 2d screen.
Also, the attach rate for VR software is insane atm and this is pushing a nice boom in development along with start ups for peripherals and the like. Besides the tens of billions, big companies are pumping into VR a the top of the pyramid, consumers are pumping money into the market at mass.
I've owned a psvr since mid decemeber and have spent near 250 on software, 2 preorders and another 120 on peripherals, near 30 games in total and I plan to buy any more. I also recently had the pleasure of trying a Samsung MR and while I didn't get to try any games because steam wouldn't show up in my mates cliff house but I did get to try Superhot and the general experience of the cliff house which is pretty much the VR desktop and work area.
Now that said, the reason I know VR is no gimmick. It has made a 7 years old game I had gotten completely bored to death of (skyrim) a new and addictive nature making the game better than it was at vanilla release or any other time I've played the game. Again the same deal with Dirt VR, giving the game a totally new level of addiction. Somehow playing on the pleasure centers of the brain in a massive way and just feeling like a champ all the way to the finish line regardless of skill.
Then there is the porn, something that is generally a good indicator of how tech will do is the porn and the porn in VR (while ranging in quality) the high quality 180, 3d porn is the next step. You might as well have a personal strip club right in your living room. In the same way blue ray and VHS was decided I think peoples dicks will choose and support VR.
I just want to finish by saying, yes, this is the future and this is how games are meant to be played. Once the resolution of Sony's headsets get on level with the Samsung oddesy, adopt inside out tracking which reaches the level of the vive and oculus as well as a lighter and more portable HMD with oculus like controllers, I think VR will boom for sony predominantly, Possibly alongside the ps5. While mobile VR will get a nice boost with oculus leading that market and Vive leading the PC, high end market with Office VR and productivity taken by Windows range of VR and AR headsets.
It may not outright beat gaming on a 2d screen anytime soon but it will surely get just as big a relatively short period of time.Last edited by John2290 - on 21 January 2018