Warren Spector on E3: VR is a fad

The veteran designer shares his thoughts on what's right and what's wrong with the industry

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Ashlen1150d ago

I tend to agree (about the VR being a fad), I think it's going to be like the first Kinect which sold what 8 million units or some crazy number the first holiday and now look where it is. People get pissed when they hear MS still wants to use it.

I feel like most of the people praising it are either industry insiders who basically are yes men, and people who haven't tried it.

It's fun for an hour then you get sick of having it strapped to your face.

This is one tech I'm not going to early adopt that's for sure.

uth111150d ago

That's my feeling. It may get big, but it won't last.

NewMonday1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )

how did his prediction for Epic Mickey turn out?

ArmrdChaos1150d ago

How did 3D gaming turn out?

bunt-custardly1150d ago

Well Warren is fully backing AR:

"AR, on the other hand - that seems pretty exciting. There's some potential there. Even the low-hanging fruit of AR gaming seems compelling. Bring on the AR."

uth111150d ago

eh, I don't see that taking off for gaming either. Especially not a scenario where AR succeeds and VR fails. We like full immersion in our game worlds.

_-EDMIX-_1150d ago

LOL, that doesn't even make much sense. He thinks AR will do well, yet VR is the fad? Even though you can have AR with VR?

I question just how much he is supporting AR then, we can have both.

Davi1231150d ago

This is a Xbot article.

Godmars2901150d ago

I think for the most part VR will fair better then Kinect. At least - *flameshield on!* Morpheus over OR in the general market because its more accessible.

If its more accessible, given that there's still too little known about. Only the conjecture that it wont need a PC to stream games from a console. Currently has directly supportive games that do more than project into a virtual theater.

Even then if it survives past any real period it will probably be because of media supportive features like projecting movies/TV shows into a virtual theater.

Fin_The_Human1150d ago

While I do agree the VR is much better than Kinect I thinks what's going to kill VR is the amount of VR options that will be on the market once VR takes off....the market will be saturated with VR head sets from cheap to expensive.

What made Kinect so popular was that it was practically the only device doing what it does.

Godmars2901150d ago

That's why Morpheus has the best chance: Its only associated with the PS4.

Meanwhile, Kinect didn't work. No to the degree MS promised to where it was going to replace normal controllers. It never even got close to preforming like that.

rainslacker1149d ago

I think VR is going to do well because it's being approached from two difference perspectives. Sony is handling getting it going on the consoles, and Occulus is working hard to get it working on the PC. Occulus itself has really sold the tech to the gamer up to date, and Sony is just going to extend that to another market which has people that often feel the same way about games as their PC counterparts.

There's a lot of excitement for VR and the support is there, which is a lot different than prior ventures into the market where there was really only one option, which was lackluster in implementation, and had no support outside the hardware maker itself

SteamPowered1150d ago

Ive used VR quite a bit with the DK2 kit and I can tell you: its the future. If you tried it you would know. It is simply an experience that you must try before you are made a believer.
Coupled with the fact that you cannot properly show how great this tech or apps can be to the masses.
VR is being used today. History channel, Disney, PGA Golf, NASCAR, Sony, Facebook, are all vying to get products ready for the VR launch. These are some major backers that just happen to be hopping on this 'fad'.
There is a massive future in VR applications, gaming being just one of them.

The sheer thrill of riding my Xwing or walking around Dinosaurs kept the DK on my face for hours on end. I am very confident consumers will feel the same after trying one out.

SniperControl1150d ago

Totally agree, i love my DK2, along side my PS4, best piece of tech i have bought in years.

Playing Project CARS, Elite Dangerous and Alien Isolation with VR has been a game changer for me.

Most of the people who dismiss Vr have never even tried it.

Fin_The_Human1150d ago

I have never used VR before so want to know what's the longest period of time that you have used it for?

SteamPowered1150d ago


The longest time gaming was over an hour with Elite:dangerous. The max time I could do Battle of Endor was 30-45 mins due to latency.

Buuuuut.....Ive been on Windows VR for hours and hours. Having a huge, rounded virtual desktop with 3d icons is pretty sweet. I cant wait for multiple windows you can just turn your head and start the application.

One of the coolest apps was Cineveo. Now I only got the demo (its gone gold now) but it plays 3d movies in your own theater. Or in space. Or on a floating ship. Or a 50's drive in diner. I watched an entire 3d movie in the demo and it was surreal.
No more progressive glasses or visual tricks for 3d simulation: it literally shows each eye a different view. This makes 3d movies and images scary-real.

Sorry for the rant, but its hard to put the time playing with DK2 in perspective.

bunt-custardly1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )

@FIN - Played Alien Isolation for well over an hour and lots of other games on the Gear VR but these are typically shorter experiences. You can't match the true sense of fear you get in these first person horror games. Many a grown man has faltered playing Dreadhalls lol. Then there's the VR characters/Porn stuff which is something else being able to move around 3D models.

Watched loads of movies for over an hour on the Gear VR though. Sometimes you need a few seconds break and then it's back to it.

As mentioned, the 3D effect is much better than what you get using a TV and glasses and the big cinema feel is impressive.

SniperControl1150d ago

I spent most of the weekend "Jacked in" playing Elite:Dangerous, no issues.

(Sorry for the Matrix pun)

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Rubberlegs1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )

I've messed around with friends Oculus Rift dev kit and its downright amazing. Compared to the Kinect its really in whole other ball park. Kinect gets old after an hour, I can spend all with an Oculus Rift strapped to my face. People praising it aren't just industry insiders, anyone can buy the dev kits. People who say its a fad have never used one yet. I never seen one person not get blown away their first time using it or even their second time. You play for 20mins and won't want to take it off.

Brotard1150d ago

Have you used it? And for over an hour for that matter

mixelon1150d ago

Tbh you don't notice it strapped to your face once immersed. Well, I don't and I've played mine for multiple multi-hour stretches.

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jetfire7111150d ago

Says the man who was behind two Epic Mickey games

SmokingMonkey1150d ago

VR > AR easily.

VR = FPS on an alternate galaxy or on the Beaches of Normady

AR = Laser tag in your backyard with "lasers"

I see VR as a natural progression of Video Games, we all want a Holodeck or "To be Jacked In" to the Matrix.

I assume those to be the ultimate gaming experiences possible right?

VR is just a stepping stone (like marijuana is to developing a heroin addiction!...j/k)

Camera gaming was a stepping stone,
Motion gaming was a stepping stone,

PS9 here we come!

Godmars2901150d ago

And that's going to depend on wireless tech, which so far as I know isn't a thing.

IraqCombatVet1150d ago

Oh my. Read that headline a bit wrong.

For a moment I thought VR was coming out of the closet.

Now if someone could please help me to understand who this Warren Spector fella is and why I should care what he thinks I'd be grateful. : )

Shinuz1150d ago

He made deus ex and a bunch of other games.

yarbie10001150d ago

Wing Commander (1990), Origin Systems
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions (1990), Origin Systems
Ultima VI: The False Prophet (1990), Origin Systems
Bad Blood (1990), Origin Systems
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi (1991), Origin Systems
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade (1991), Origin Systems
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams (1991), Origin Systems
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992), Origin Systems
ShadowCaster (1993), Origin Systems (Uncredited)[16]
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds (1993), Origin Systems
Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire (1993), Origin Systems
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle (1993), Origin Systems
Ultima VII Part Two: The Silver Seed (1993), Electronic Arts
Wings of Glory (1993), Electronic Arts
System Shock (1994), Looking Glass Technologies
CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (1995), Origin Systems
Crusader: No Remorse (1995), Origin Systems
Thief: The Dark Project (1998), Looking Glass Studios
Deus Ex (2000), Ion Storm Austin
Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003), Ion Storm Austin
Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004), Ion Storm Austin
Epic Mickey (2010), Disney Interactive Studios
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012),

morganfell1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )

And therein lies the problem. VR evolved and continues to evolve. Specter hasn't. His issue is relevancy.

IraqCombatVet1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )


Impressive. Thank you Yarbie1000.

Thunder_G0d_Bane1150d ago (Edited 1150d ago )

Totally, Fully, Wholeheartedly, Completely, Honestly and Truly Agree!

kraenk121150d ago

You surely haven't tried it then.

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