In the streets no one cares about VR anymore and even gamers i rarely see people talk about it. Even i, which i maybe would have liked Nintendo to get into it in 2019-2021 but nowadays i feel like it's just not a good venture for a gaming company. It's too expensive and will always be too niche for them to justify the money put into the development or adapting games.
I feel like the biggest issue with VR in the short term is that there aren't really any big use cases for it.
There's a few notable games like Half Life Alyx and Resident Evil 4.
But at least on the games side, until VR is seeing like several Half Life Alyx games every year, it's going to be hard for that to keep up any momentum.
Even as someone who is very interested in VR, I legitimately can't remember the last time an announcement made me feel excited about it.
Something like Nintendo with Mario Kart VR or something could go a long way for that, but consistency is hard.
AR yeah it's been around forever and it's just a novelty. Practicality wins out. What is the most practical for a consumer and most affordable or mass appeal? If you can find a way to make AR/VR as cheap and practical as just a cable to my TV without wearing headsets/glasses or some bulky device. You got something. Until then it's niche.
I've held for the past 10 years that VR/AR won't be successful until:
- it's the size of a pair of glasses, which we're getting there:
- is able to replace your glasses. People bring up the 3D glasses thing. Most people wear glasses, they don't have an issue with wearing glasses. Awkwardly wearing two pairs of glasses on the other hand, is definitely a garbage experience.
- has some strong use cases. Whether that's games or productivity.
- is affordable
- AI reconstruction that lets you make the experience non-isolating. AR/VR can replace your monitor, but that's not an optimal experience if you can't see your desk and utility things on it.
I don't think we're that far away from a pair of glasses that basically replace your phone, maybe even your monitors, maybe even your desktop computer, etc.
Speaking of "popularity", it will be interesting to track the performance of the upcoming Oculus Quest 3 (*sigh* Meta Quest 3) this October cuz the predecessor is currently atm the best selling VR headset on the market. If it manages to do better, VR will considerably go upward on it's silent trajectory as usual.
Although, I still feel like standalone VR headset are sadly limited by their form factor because we have yet to see another Half-life Alyx moment with the medium but with standalone headsets in mind.
PC VR is not truly where the medium is aiming at.
It will be interesting to see if Meta has a good push with it. They announced a GTA game 2 years ago, and it never came back up again.