The simple answer to that question is yes. You should be excited for VR, but right now is a difficult time for consumers. A steep price point, minimal software, and short exposure can be tough to sell. That being said we are seeing a lot of things on the horizon that will soon become reality.
During PAX West, we were able to talk to multiple developers who described their experience with VR as the next big thing. With software being a huge selling point for hardware we are seeing a big shift from developers as they move towards VR games. That includes indie devs such as DreamSail games, creator of PS4 and Steam game Blade Ballet and larger developers like Ubisoft and Sony.
The current VR choices include the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and Gear VR. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, but they are gaining popularity as the months go by. While we were at PAX West, we played multiple demos that showed us that VR is something that will push gaming to a new level worth every gamer’s attention.
Ubisoft gave us a look at Werewolves Within, a game that brings a board game to life right before your eyes. We sat in our chairs, isolated in our own worlds with fantastic noise cancelling headphones and the HTC Vive on our head. Instantly you are transformed into a cartoonish character surrounded by a mix of enemies or allies. Within minutes, after the rules are established, strangers will be laughing together and struggling to kill off a mysterious werewolf who could be anyone while also having other agendas of their own. After we played the demo, we took our Vive sets off and realized VR opens up many new opportunities with old game genres and potentially new ones as well.
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On display at PAX, we saw a large influx in VR use and buzz. Our time at the Adult Swim demo area playing Rick and Morty Simulator by Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator, solidified our newfound love for VR. The satisfaction and chaos of throwing a plumbus across the room, drinking house cleaner, and opening up various rifts in the multiverse made us want more of these new experiences. The amount of VR coming soon is outstanding and gives life to hardware hanging in limbo.
While talking with DreamSail games we were treated with exclusive details on an unannounced new IP they are working on for VR systems. The game will be a multiplayer based game that will bring people together like never before. They want to push the boundaries of VR and make something everyone can enjoy. Immersing them with the use of VR. Though they are currently still updating Blade Ballet, they are hard at work bringing this VR title to life as well. Other Indie developers such as Squanchtendo with Crows Crows Crows’s newly announced Accounting VR, Survios with Raw Data, and Enhance Games with Rez infinite show the rich catalogue of software available. Alongside sky thriving PS VR, Oculus, and Vive team’s future advancements, we find ourselves at the helm of rich technological nuances.
AAA studios are picking up on this trend with VR software and even hardware of their own. Sony is releasing PS VR on October 13th with more than 15 release titles and 18 free demos included with the headset. VR is just around the corner. This holiday season will be the time to catch Virtual Reality fever — I know I’ll be there.
Werewolves Within releases on December 6th for PS VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Raw Data is available now on HTC Vive, Rez Infinite will be on October 13th as a PS VR release title. Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality releases in 2017 on HTC Vive.
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