Anyone who has held a light gun too close to the television screen or clumsily stepped their way through a level on a dance mat knows that video game peripherals have come a long way in a very short period of time.
Oculus Rift, once a Kickstarter pipe dream, has evolved into a catalyst for a virtual reality revolution in video gaming. Its recently purchase by Facebook for just over $2 billion is strong evidence that the mainstream consumer is ready for virtual reality gaming. Here’s why the Oculus Rift will change the gaming industry:
It’s common knowledge that innovation is birthed from competition, and the success of Oculus Rift in its earliest stages has sparked its fair share of competitors. They’ve been working feverishly to push the envelope when it comes to advancing virtual reality technology and gaming.
Companies like GameFace Labs and Avegant have devoted countless man hours and resources toward improving upon the foundation of VR technology that was started by Oculus Rift. Everything from VR-based user interface software to attachable smartphone peripherals have been developed and tested for future mainstream uses.
From a cultural standpoint, PC gamers have long been considered more adamant about the industry than their console-happy counterparts, but with the rise of virtual reality, both sides have shown an equal amount of interest as to what lies ahead.
Much like what Nintendo did with the 3DS handheld, there’s a strong console market out there for companies who want their brand to become synonymous with the next wave of untapped technologies. Project Morpheus, for the PS4, is a prime example of a company trying to harness the advantages of pioneering console VR availability.
With technology and VR experts claiming that the industry could reach sound and video qualities that will rival what we’ve seen in science fiction movies within the next 10 - 15 years, it’s really just a matter of time before we’ll be able to virtually defy reality within the sanctity of our own homes. So, really, the only question remains is this: Are you ready?
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