Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Thoughts on VR
On paper VR sounds really fucking cool. The idea of being completely immersed in a game experience, actually getting that feeling of being IN the game, sounds amazing. This isn't a new idea but the last time someone tried it the technology just wasn't anywhere near where it needed to be and it ended up sucking really hard.
That said, there's a potential here for things to be really great once developers get their head round everything. Obvious applications involve things like FPS games where the motion sensors can give you real freedom to move around and shoot things. What I'm holding out for though is a real good horror game and I'm not just talking shitty "BOO! VR JUMPSCARE!" stuff, I mean real immersive, Silent Hill 2 level shit. Other interesting ideas could be things like first person dungeon crawls or games that involve piloting a mech or something. I'd love to play a game where you take the headset off and maintain/improve your robot just using a regular mouse/keyboard/screen setup but when you have to go on a mission or whatever you slam that headset on and pilot it using those weird motion controller things. It would actually feel like your suiting up and getting in your bot, it would be pretty sick.
There are two big problems though I have with VR as a concept right now. Not a single game that I've seen actually seems to have any substance to it. It's all just fucking gimmicky bullshit and even if I had the headset I don't know if I could bring myself to buy any of the available titles. That said, I'm sure this is a problem that's being caused by the age of the damn thing, once developers get used to developing for it I'm sure there will be some really cool games.
The other thing that turns me off though is the goddamn price point. One thing I noticed on Steam is that most of the games seemed to be compatible with the HTC Vive which is pictured at the top of this post. So of course I look the thing up thinking that maybe I'll buy one and...
Still, as time goes on the games will get better and the tech will probably get cheaper. I for one and looking forward to seeing where this all goes. Nothing well ever beat just relaxing in a nice chair and chilling with a video game but the world of VR is absolutely worth keeping an eye on.