We're on the verge of gaming's 'next big thing' being available to the masses and while VR certainly sounds like a great idea there are some undeniable hurdles that will hold it back from truly succeeding the way developers are hoping.
I'm not sure which way VR will go and will play a wait and see game myself. Obviously its not geared towards local multiplayer, not initially anyway, which does not make it a good fit in my house. I do like the way Sony's headset has HDMI out so at least we can see what is being played, although not sure about the practicality of running a 5 metre HDMI cable to the TV.
I've been saying the same things as this article since day one, plus a sixth point, which is that it totally cuts you off from the outside world. That'd be fine for the people that game in a room by themselves, but gamers are growing up and there aren't a lot of those types of gamers left. I like that my girlfriend can see and hear everything I'm doing. We talk and joke about stupid stuff that happens or goofy things I do in the game or whatever. Put me in a VR world and all of that is gone. I hate that idea. His other points I mostly agree with as well. The ability to move isn't a big deal for a "normal" game, but with VR it seems necessary. Looking at my TV doesn't convince me that I'm in the world of Skyrim. Having a mini TV plastered to my face won't either, if I still interact with it in the exact same way. The "uncomfortable" factor remains to be seen. I haven't worn one of these things so can't speak from experience, but I get tired of wearing the light little chat headset that only covers one ear after a few hours. I can't imagine wearing one of these for a long time. Price will certainly be a factor. Even if it is cheaper than anyone thinks it is going to be. If it costs half as much as the competing console, how many people are going to just skip it and save for that? Or buy a few games or whatever? I'm just really, REALLY skeptical. I have a hard time seeing it take off, at least from a gaming perspective. Maybe for other applications. I'm a little more open to the idea of MS hololens for gaming, just because I feel like it would more likely be used to augment traditional games. Putting the hud or some menus floating out next to the TV screen, for instance, just to expand your view, without cutting you off from the outside world. Who knows, maybe I'll be proven wrong. :)
I want to say you're wrong,but the reality is you're correct.
1) You Can’t Move Around Really? That's a problem? You don't move around when you're slumped on a sofa using a controller so how is it any difference? 2) Connectivity and Power Will Be A Nightmare 'you are going to want a VR head set to be wireless, otherwise it defeats the purpose from the get-go.' Well, not really. Input lag is vital for VR to be immersive and a wireless connection isn't going to help that. Gamers didn't seem to have a problem with the decades of wired controllers that existed before the wireless standard. 3) It Will Be Way Too Uncomfortable Well that definitely is an opinion, it'll be no awkward than how people wear headsets while gaming 4) VR Will Be Very Expensive New products and technology will always be very expensive, that's nothing new. 5) The Technology Still Isn’t Very Good The technology is as good as it needs to be for VR to work, things will obviously improve as times goes on but right now it's fine. Using the word "Undoubtedly" in an opinion article just seems silly to me.
WOW mushroomwig, thank you for breaking down the points from the article, the article seems to be looking for issues and in all honesty if that is the best he can come up with his argument looks pretty weak. VR is about far more than gaming and a lot of money is being invested from several companies into bringing it to the mass market, VR is coming and is here to stay I'm sure, whether that is in any of it's current forms time will tell, but it will continue to evolve into far more than is being shown now.. I'm looking forward to it.
This is a very short sighted opinion. The company I work for is creating exciting things for VR outside of gaming, even down to communicating work flows and engine builds across the country. We believe it has a lot of potential to streamline a lot of processes in the workplace.
I agreed with none of these points from the article either. One one hand the author talkd about vr in the future but on the other hand it is like he's speaking from a scenario where technology just suddenly stops advancing. It's safe to say that the author will not be getting a job in R&D for Sony or Facebook any time soon :) My vita remote play works perfectly. Granted I have fast Internet but still they don't try to hide the fact that it does require a high connection speed from you. They're reaching for sure.
In VR movement is critical to immerse the player into the game world. So, strongly believe kinect may finally become useful once VR takes off.
Kinect was just a stepping stone to Holo Lens. Holo uses the same depth mapping tech as Kinect to allow it to project 3D graphics on real-world objects. Also solving a full-body character from Kinect depth data gives pretty janky results (i.e, a lot of noise in the capture data). For VR input you need a lot more precise position and rotation data.
These are the “5 Reasons Virtual Reality (VR) Will Undoubtedly Fail” You Can’t Move Around Connectivity and Power Will Be A Nightmare It Will Be Way Too Uncomfortable VR Will Be Very Expensive (We don’t know that) The Technology Still Isn’t Very Good He obviously has had very little interaction with VR If they are his only concerns then the future looks very bright for VR gaming. Why N4G can’t you put opinion pieces in their own category?
First of all its a gadget, its not gonna outface gaming as we know it today for many years, its just a gadget for some extra fun, thats how i see it. And he is wrong about the pricing, its gonna be around 250 Dollars for sure, sony is not stupid, A very high price is gonna set a stop for any sale for the mainestream/casual gamer very fast.
It all hinges on one factor. Porn. If porn is easily accessible and interactive, then its going to be the deciding factor. Just like the battle between VHS and Beta and Blu-Ray/HD DVD, that which strongly supports porn wins! Just the simple truth.
If thats the case then there is no way im buying a second hand VR headset Lol If VR makes it seem more real I'm guessing prostitution will see a decline in clientele? Finally, if something is successful does that mean porn is to credit? Does that explain why PS4 has sold over 20 million units?
@The Author Have you tried out any VR device? Do you know that at least two of the 3 VR headsets for PC/PS4 have eliminated motion sickness? Did you know that the PS4 headset is extremely lightweight and comfortable according to people who have tried it? Did you know that Morpheus has a separate box that probably handles power and image conversion? Here are some pictures of that box: http://cdn.arstechnica.net/... http://i1.wp.com/www.roadto... http://im.ziffdavisinternat... It's okay to have an opinion, but you should really try to base your opinion on the facts on hand and not just make stuff up.
I have been playing Half life 2 VR with the hydras. Despite setup complexity, the cords and getting used to VR- It is Hands down the most fun i have ever had playing a video game. Having full hand tracking added to the VR experience is wild! So immersive. I am actually annoyed we don't have full games with proper support. Half life 2 is 10 years old and it is so much fun.
?! VR is the inevitable progression of video games IMO. So is a holodeck, but we are talking 2030+ if humanity hasn't wiped itself out by then. I hope my Eagles win a Super Bowl by then.....Sam Bradford?! Say What?!
I'm a Rams fan and I can't for the life of me figure out what the Eagles are planning to do with Bradford. I just see NO upside to them on this trade, and I'm really confused. On Topic: I agree that it seems like the natural progression, but I'm really skeptical that anything between what we have now, and full on "holodeck" will work. Going part of the way towards total immersion will just make the non-immersive parts worse, IMO.
I think that people who shunned 3D and are now praising VR helmets as the next big thing are hypocrites.
Comparing VR to 3D is a complete fallacy.
The only way it will fail, if it fails in its integration of controls , if it can bring over a natural feel to exploring the virtual environment, it will win out.
Not going to bother even reading the article. There is no way VR will fail. "Undoubtedly" pffffffffff!
One actual worry I do have is cables. Im pretty sure I read that Sony's VR display has to be tethered to the PS4. Many children die every year from cord strangulation (Mike Tysons daughter for instance). Im not obviously specifically worried about children, Im pretty sure they are not allowed to use VR due to medical complications (developing eyes). But everybody does have that one slow cousin named Garry that we could all see accidentally strangulating himself after falling asleep while visting an online Bronies convention.
I wan't a middle earth vr game that would be so awesome.
VR & AR have to succeed or at least get a strong foothold. Its gamings next evolution, otherwise all we'll ever get is better visuals, animation, and gameplay that will remain pretty much the same (as it has for quite sometime now.) Those that want either to fail are stupid, you best not be complaining when you (finally) notice you've been playing the same thing over and over. Let me give you an example of when VR is done proper - SAO style Gears of War... you don't want to experience that haters???
The porn industry will make a bundle of money . But besides that someone could break into your house steal you blind and you would never know. I like to be aware of .my surroundings when I play video ganes. I for one am not going to buy this crap.
I'm scared about this because of past add ons I have bought. Like sega CD the 32x and the E reader the hddvd drive for the 360 and that dam power glove. But at the same time I really hope it works 100% as they say and not drop it after a year it comes out lol
I agree maybe in five to ten years it will be ok but for now poke yourself in the eye and strap a brick to your forehead.
VR will work. The military uses VR all the time.army, navy and air force uses VR for Flight simulation,Vehicle simulation, Battlefield simulation, and Medic training. VR is even used on solders dealing with post traumatic stress disorder. That being said, this is more than enough proof that VR works. Truth is, the military gets tech stuff before the civilian do. Well, I think the only reason why a lot of people say VR is going to fail is because they're judging it from what experience they had with VR in the past. The tech for VR weren't good enough back in the days. Another thing, VR offers something that normal TV game play can't deliver is "Sense of presence" That alone will make VR a hit.
VR will help with the immersion, but there needs to be tactile feedback as well. Just imagine, you have the VR headset on and everywhere you look, you can see the virtual world. Then you go to pick something up, and you can feel it, the weight, in your hand. Oh, and porn.
Remember when plasma screens first came out and I believe the price was in the vicinity of around US$15,000.00 and now how much do they costs plus add all the HD improvements and standard features that before was merely a basic SD screen. Most cars ( even the basic ones ) now have all the bells and whistles you can wish for that before were only available on the top of the line models. I just think this is the same for VR-headsets, since they are new I think the price would be somewhat high but then once the microchips/OLED screens etc. get better/cheaper for sure the next wave of VR goggles will even be better designed. They may even get smaller in size/weight with a built-in warning system to monitor *eye fatigue and even let the wearer know of what's presently happening outside - like maybe another person is nearby or detect *extreme heat/cold at a small distance.
I don't know if it will fail but i am one of those people that think a man looks very retarded with such a device on. They need to make those devices like some cool glasses, small and slim.
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