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Will VR Gaming Be Like, "I Played It And I'll Never Go Back"?

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Now that we know PlayStation VR will be here in the fall with a price tag of $399, this whole virtual reality endeavor is starting to feel more...real.

It's coming.

And it's not like sterescopic 3D or motion sensing. I knew neither fresh tech would revolutionize the industry the way 3D first did with the likes of Mario 64. Fads are fads and while motion sensing certainly had plenty of merit, it was merely another interactive option, not the interactive option. It simply wasn't going to supplant traditional gaming for obvious reasons in my mind.

But now we might be facing an entirely different beast in virtual reality. We're a long way from the days of the Virtual Boy, when true VR was mostly just a pipe dream and far off down the road, barely to be glimpsed or even comprehended. Now that it's just around the corner, though, I wonder if it will indeed become the "next level" of interactive entertainment, utlimately to be embraced by all gamers. Does it have that potential? Does this tech make video games a fundamentally better experience in all respects? When considering all genres, all types of gamers, etc.?

Everyone who has sampled VR seems to love it. Some, like Twisted Metal and God of War creator David Jaffe, are just head over heels in love with it. The reactions from those who tested it out at various events are pretty incredible; their faces alone tell you they just experienced something special. Personally, I doubt I'll ever touch any form of VR for a variety of reasons I won't delve into now, but it's feasible that devices like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR will change this industry forever. Might we eventually come to a time when any game that isn't in VR is considered "old-fashioned" or for kids, or something like that?

It won't be a matter of cost, I don't think. The devices are already relatively affordable right out of the gate and while still somewhat restrictive, you know those prices will only fall in time. I think it's really going to come down to the quality of the experiences, and how well developers can tap into this new technology. Perhaps it'll take longer than we all think. Then again, maybe in just a few year's time, we'll be wondering what gaming was like without VR, kinda like imagining gaming without online multiplayer today.

Tags: virtual reality video games, vr gaming, playstation vr, oculus rift

3/16/2016 9:42:56 PM Ben Dutka

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 10:11:31 PM
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Ben, do you plan on investing on one of these out of the gate?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 10:47:13 PM

He's scared.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 12:16:57 AM

I said in the article I'll never touch VR.

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matt99
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:40:36 AM

Ben, I vaguely remember a few of the reasons that you've mentioned elsewhere, but aren't you at least curious to try it? Maybe while browsing EB games (or gamestop in the US right?) just to see what it's like.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:26:27 PM

I am curious to try it but it will never be something I own.

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Hexen
Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 3:31:54 PM

So if someone gives it to you for a gift you will throw it in the garbage just to not have it?

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Underdog15
Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 11:12:37 AM

Or sell it. Seems to be hot on ebay now. lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 10:54:28 PM
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Well, I'm thinking no. Cuz you don't always want to be in the game. Sometimes you want to play as an outsider. VR means you have to be in it.

Be kinda weird to stand on a rock controlling Super Drake VR jumping around me.

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ethird1
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 11:31:23 PM
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It is gonna fail.

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Temjin001
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 12:09:01 AM
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Personally I'd like to see VR take flight and become a self sustained form of entertainment.

I've never tried VR so I don't really know how great the sensation is. But I can imagine it being pretty cool.

There's one thing I can count on, if the gameplay isn't there to back up the sensation PSVR will fall flat after it's initial splash.

Right now I think my money would probably be on a PC iteration of VR. There I think there's hope for the next major Elder Scrolls game having full on VR support. Something the PS4 would significantly struggle at from a processing perspective.

Edit: basically I want real substantive games, not a bunch of fluff.




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Banky A
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:01:23 AM
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I want FFVII VR so I can play FFVII again but in VR.

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matt99
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:36:45 AM
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I think it depends on the game, Ace Combat for example is perfect for VR but I can't see it working with Uncharted.

As for the success of the platform, it all depends on software support.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 10:15:19 AM
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I want a fighter. So I can slug it out in a VR world with Temjin and Jawknee and banky and you other scrubs!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 12:11:54 PM
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I want VR so that every game can become my personal vacation.

But I'm also quite sure that more than a few of these upcoming VR vacations will probably become a hellish demon festival.

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cadpig
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:37:23 PM
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Well, I am going to reserve judgment...until I have played it first. Sounds cool.

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Whx
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 2:32:20 PM
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i hope the resolution is better than gear vr

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JackDillinger89
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7:40:29 PM
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PSMove was a failure, why would the average console gamer be willing to shell out $399 for VR after paying for a PS4 and still pay $50 per year? Plus in a few years if there is a PS5 will it be compatible? Console gaming aint cheap anymore. Even occulus, VR is a waste of money currently.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:31:25 PM
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Very interesting informative article on the PSVR from the [A]list.....


PlayStation VR Gets Real.

http://www.alistdaily.com/media/playstation-vr-gets-real/?utm_source=%5Ba%5Dlistdaily+subscribers&utm_campaign=e32a2c6660-Alist_Newsletter_for_March_16th_20163_16_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a69484db6e-e32a2c6660-255931557

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:39:50 PM

And here's another very interesting article on the VR craze, from [A]list too....


Virtual Reality Takes Over GDC And SXSW

http://www.alistdaily.com/media/virtual-reality-taking-gdc-sxsw/?utm_source=%5Ba%5Dlistdaily+subscribers&utm_campaign=e32a2c6660-Alist_Newsletter_for_March_16th_20163_16_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a69484db6e-e32a2c6660-255931557

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:51:54 PM
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Also.....

Ubisoft Takes A Leap Of Faith Into Virtual Reality

Saint's note: check out some of the upcoming game video's here.......

http://www.alistdaily.com/media/ubisoft-takes-leap-faith-virtual-reality/?utm_source=%5Ba%5Dlistdaily+subscribers&utm_campaign=e32a2c6660-Alist_Newsletter_for_March_16th_20163_16_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a69484db6e-e32a2c6660-255931557

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Underdog15
Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 11:13:57 AM
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I'm scared about getting motion sickness. I can't even ride the tilt-a-whirl anymore.

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