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Hmmmm VR is a 'gimmick' but let me guess AR is the next best thing just as kinect was 'the future of gaming'. Motion controlled gaming was never a gimmick only Wii/kinect were fads that died out. And Wii U never took off in the first place so you can't say touch controls were a fad or a gimmick. The PS4 has a touch pad...



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i see it being a short lived fad,much like 3D gaming,personally



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Maybe with time. Depends on what price people can get it at.

"But then after a few years people will be done with it."

I dont agree with this.
I think its a paradigm shift.
Like when TVs first came out, people where probably saying something simular to what your saying now.
TVs are still here.



Intrinsic said:
I don't think that will be the case.

There are experiences that can be had with VR that can't be hadd any other way. And it can completely change the way certain kinda games are played. That means it will create its own genre of games and claim certain genres that currently belong to the controller. Simply put, VR will naturally shine for any game where you are in a cockpit of something.

Then in addition, there will be a lot of applications outside gaming that VR will revolutionize. Once things like VR sports broadcasts become a thing and VR porn becomes a mainstay, then followed by movies shot with VR support.... truth is actually using a TV will ultimately become antiquated for those things. But that's at least another 6-10yrs away. for now, VR will just be the best way to play racers and flight sims and games like Rigs (mech warrior, titanfall....etc)

Just like with 3D games, VR will need time to find what control systems work and don't work. And ultimately will create and/or claim its own genres.

I just wonder how often we are going to want to put this headset on over our eyes while we are playing videogames? I guess as it becomes more mainstream and goes into other areas of our life it could be different, but I am not sure how long people will find it different or want to go through all of that. But with technology times are always changing. I am sure I will be sitting here typing to you with a VR on at this time next year thinking nothing of it.





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spurgeonryan said:

I just wonder how often we are going to want to put this headset on over our eyes while we are playing videogames? I guess as it becomes more mainstream and goes into other areas of our life it could be different, but I am not sure how long people will find it different or want to go through all of that. But with technology times are always changing. I am sure I will be sitting here typing to you with a VR on at this time next year thinking nothing of it.



I think that's just it. We simply don't know yet. All I know is that I've seen this happen before. with the walkman, the iPod then the iPhone. All devices that at the time people couldn't wrap their heads around or had some major barrier of entry problem to overcome. But they did and that was it. 

it's not about people findig it different. It's that there are some experiences that can only happen with VR. There are things we do today that if done right in VR will forever change the way people "want to experience the same thing".

As of right now the biggest barrier is price and complexity. But I believe there is enough for VR to have a firm footing in the industry to build on. And there has never been new tech that came cheap to begin with. But as they become mainstream, those costs are absorbed and before you know it even the average Joe thinks they are normal. 





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It will start slow and gain popularity along the way. It's here to stay this time, and at some point will overtake the traditional form of gaming for certain genres. It's still very early, yet when higher res glasses with eye tracking and foveated rendering come into play, VR games will also look much better than rendered on a screen.



I feel VR will have a place in the gaming industry eventually. Whether it will be in this current form we have, only time will tell.



 

              

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I dont think it will even get as big as those things.

Its going to die out pretty fast given the high prices. Maybe it won't even take off. The userbase will be too tiny to make big projects viable, so its a gimmick. Complete waste of time in my opinion aswell. Just like 3D technology, its something that comes and goes periodicly.

Its only chance is the porn industry. Not so much for the PSVR though. That is dead on arrival.



Teeqoz said:
What you are describing isn't a gimminck, but rather a "fad", a sort of flash in the pan popularity. Personally, I think VR will be a complete opposite. It'll be a slow burner, building up over time.

^ this.

Its not a fad, its the oppersite.

It ll start slow and just grow and grow, then 12years from now, when we look back, we ll all be like (puts on grandpa voice):

"Yeah those where the days, back before gameing had VR, now everything is VR! I want the simpler times back" .





VR is true gaming immersion I hope it becomes the new standard !



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