VR is dead in 2022: True or false?

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Is VR a stillborn technology?
With Meta pushing the concept of the metaverse further and further and VR-headsets becoming more affordable, posing the question of whether the technology is already dying might seem strange. However, it is a question worthy of some thought.

As far as providing the gaming industry with new technology for games, the introduction of VR has undoubtedly boosted the revenue and opened up a whole new market. It is certainly exciting to experience new worlds as immersed as VR allows you to be, compared to simply playing video games on a screen.

The social interactions that VR provides are certainly also worthy of taking note of with interactive meeting places like VRChat, the olden and golden, or hanging out with friends from a different country while watching movies together in Bigscreen.

How Good Are VR Games?
VR in the form we know today still has a long way to go, and it shows in the available games. First of all, this is not strange, game development takes time, and our standard gaming consoles and our PCs have had the time to get a vast range of games. Time has been spent on adapting several older titles to VR, such as Skyrim and Minecraft. With Steam also allowing you to use SteamVR to turn the games you own in their library playable in VR - the dedicated market of games in the VR section is not that great.

Arguably the most hyped VR game is Half-Life: Alyx, and with good reason. It has great graphics, an interesting story, and good mechanics - it ticks the boxes, no doubt about that. Still, Engadget’s short review points out several flaws, such as some hardware and software issues.

What About All The Other Games?
As I have already mentioned, the range of games available for VR is not as broad as for our standard consoles yet.

It is not possible to honestly say; there is something for everyone. The most common games are still the rail shooter games which arguably do not utilize the possibilities of the VR-technology to their fullest. MMORPG games exist, such as Zenith, but they are still far from the desired product we want. Beat Saber is certainly also fun to play and can get the pulse up, but it is not for everyone. So far, VR leaves much to be desired before the technology can truly live up to the hype.

Socializing With VR Is Fun
Good old Facebook (or Meta as they call themselves now) wants to push the metaverse as the new way of socializing. It has potential, I agree, but Meta is making a lot of promises like quick language learning, better meetings, and much more. Guarantees that they might not be able to live up to in the nearest future. They still have a lot of work to do, but again the potential is there, as VRChat has already proven.

I, for one, do like the possibility of joining up with friends miles and miles apart to watch a movie together and be able to interact with them in Bigscreen. Horror movies are better with friends, and so are romantic comedies. However, for wider mass-market adoption of VR they have to become lighter and more comfortable, because I can’t imagine holding a 2 hour meeting wearing a Quest or Vive - the eye fatigue is real.

Final Thoughts
VR is not likely to go away; whether or not the technology is ready to meet the promises and the hype is another question. Is it worth trying VR - certainly! But do not invest in the most expensive headsets yet.

VR will have come further and likely be more affordable in a couple of years. If you are unsure if this technology is something you’ll like, start with one of the more affordable headsets like Quest 2. You will still be able to do a lot of VR exploring, but the graphics might not be the absolute best.
 

sallymohsin

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I disagree with your opinion. You might not be following the popular gaming companies. VR is still popular for the game development companies. For game developed vr simulators are really important. Also, a lot of new games are coming on VR. With time, their use is increase. Instead of just movies and games. Businesses and educational institutes are also utilizing them. Recently, just a week a go pew die pie was discussing about Horror games experience with VR headset as well.
 

makoyyy

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I disagree that VR could be called "dead"
because it exists, it won't "die" per se.

it will just continue improving as long as there's a passionate dev and company out there, there's also someone willing to invest and play VR games and buy VR sets... more hardware has been in development too recently, like body haptic feedback...

if anything, the movie/book ready player one, is how we can see what is possibly to come in the future.
 
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Is VR a stillborn technology?
With Meta pushing the concept of the metaverse further and further and VR-headsets becoming more affordable, posing the question of whether the technology is already dying might seem strange. However, it is a question worthy of some thought.

As far as providing the gaming industry with new technology for games, the introduction of VR has undoubtedly boosted the revenue and opened up a whole new market. It is certainly exciting to experience new worlds as immersed as VR allows you to be, compared to simply playing video games on a screen.

The social interactions that VR provides are certainly also worthy of taking note of with interactive meeting places like VRChat, the olden and golden, or hanging out with friends from a different country while watching movies together in Bigscreen.

How Good Are VR Games?
VR in the form we know today still has a long way to go, and it shows in the available games. First of all, this is not strange, game development takes time, and our standard gaming consoles and our PCs have had the time to get a vast range of games. Time has been spent on adapting several older titles to VR, such as Skyrim and Minecraft. With Steam also allowing you to use SteamVR to turn the games you own in their library playable in VR - the dedicated market of games in the VR section is not that great.

Arguably the most hyped VR game is Half-Life: Alyx, and with good reason. It has great graphics, an interesting story, and good mechanics - it ticks the boxes, no doubt about that. Still, Engadget’s short review points out several flaws, such as some hardware and software issues.

What About All The Other Games?
As I have already mentioned, the range of games available for VR is not as broad as for our standard consoles yet.

It is not possible to honestly say; there is something for everyone. The most common games are still the rail shooter games which arguably do not utilize the possibilities of the VR-technology to their fullest. MMORPG games exist, such as Zenith, but they are still far from the desired product we want. Beat Saber is certainly also fun to play and can get the pulse up, but it is not for everyone. So far, VR leaves much to be desired before the technology can truly live up to the hype.

Socializing With VR Is Fun
Good old Facebook (or Meta as they call themselves now) wants to push the metaverse as the new way of socializing. It has potential, I agree, but Meta is making a lot of promises like quick language learning, better meetings, and much more. Guarantees that they might not be able to live up to in the nearest future. They still have a lot of work to do, but again the potential is there, as VRChat has already proven.

I, for one, do like the possibility of joining up with friends miles and miles apart to watch a movie together and be able to interact with them in Bigscreen. Horror movies are better with friends, and so are romantic comedies. However, for wider mass-market adoption of VR they have to become lighter and more comfortable, because I can’t imagine holding a 2 hour meeting wearing a Quest or Vive - the eye fatigue is real.

Final Thoughts
VR is not likely to go away; whether or not the technology is ready to meet the promises and the hype is another question. Is it worth trying VR - certainly! But do not invest in the most expensive headsets yet.

VR will have come further and likely be more affordable in a couple of years. If you are unsure if this technology is something you’ll like, start with one of the more affordable headsets like Quest 2. You will still be able to do a lot of VR exploring, but the graphics might not be the absolute best.
Maybe.
 
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