There was a time when Virtual Reality was just a concept. We could only see the concept being used in video games or in movies but never in real life. A decade ago, no one would have thought the Future of Virtual Reality Gaming can actually become a reality and part of everyone lives and yet, here we are, 10 years later and it’s the technology of the century.
Future Of Virtual Reality Gaming
There have been very exciting projects being developed in the field of virtual reality. From different games to movies to tourism, VR is very exciting and has taken people by storm. Earlier this year, the first ever consumer editions of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets were released and both have been received well for being the first VR headsets of their generation. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are a lot of different VR projects coming and all of them are unique and equally exciting. However, VR has seen a dramatic increase in popularity among video games and now, more and more companies are jumping on the VR bandwagon and developing VR games for VR headsets. Here we discuss the future of virtual reality gaming, how companies would change their gaming franchise and what’s the future of virtual reality gaming holds for us.
Wireless VR Headsets
If we think about Oculus Rift or HTC Vive in wireless, such headsets are not practical now and won’t be for the next few years. The reason for that is latency, which means that the transmission of the video output from the graphics card of your gaming PC to your VR headset, wirelessly is impossible to achieve as of now.
Sure, it can be developed, but VR headsets require a refresh rate of 90Hz or more which cannot be achieved without HDMI cables. Even if you take the example of networks, if you connect your desktop or laptop through LAN, you will get lesser latency that you would get from a wireless connection. The future of virtual reality gaming regarding wireless headsets like mentioned above is currently not practical.
There is one company named GameFace Labs, which is developing a VR headset, based on the wireless VR headset idea. What they are doing does not involve sending video output to the headset wirelessly, but the VR headset itself is a small computer. The VR headset prototype from GameFace Labs is a separate unit, with a lens technology, NVIDIA K1 SoC (system on chip) which gives near to desktop class performance and all of this will be running a custom Android OS made for VR.
Intel Wireless VR headset is another thing to look forward to. Intel showcased a new reference design of a Wireless VR headset called Project Alloy. According to Intel, the wireless VR headset contains everything you need to have a full VR experience without any additional components like motion sensors, VR controllers etc.
Users will be able to control the interface by looking at the selection or option. Mobile chips are becoming fast enough to deliver performance suitable for VR. This VR headset from GameFace Labs is truly a different take on VR headsets and is also a big part of the future of virtual reality gaming.
Virtual Reality Entertainment Centers
We have been to internet cafés and gaming cafés, spent many hours playing matches on Counter Strike or StarCraft, a company in USA is now planning to establish virtual reality entertainment centers in the USA and worldwide.
The company is name The VOID and they aim to establish virtual reality entertainment centers which will have different rooms in which around 10 people can play VR games together similar to a laser tag or they can explore some terrain like in a National Geographic documentary.
The VOID is developing their own Rapture VR gaming equipment which will perform the purpose of combining virtual reality in a physical setting. The Rapture equipment consists of a head mounted display, a vest which will provide feedback upon receiving hits or damage and gloves to track hand movements. Currently all of this is in development.
According to the CEO of VOID, tracking movements for this specific type of virtual reality gaming is very difficult, by time this problem will be solved soon. People will be able to play shooter games, explore some sort of terrain or even ride amusement park rides like a roller coaster.
Xbox Project Scorpio
At E3 2016, Microsoft announced Project Scorpio, a new version of the Xbox which will run games at 4K resolution. According to them, this will be the most powerful console ever when it is launched. Release date currently is not known and this console might be able to run VR games at 90fps or above where Xbox might develop their own VR headset.
So there you have it, this was a glimpse into the future of virtual reality gaming. Virtual reality is taking people by storm and it has unlimited possibilities in gaming. There are a lot of gaming companies working on VR and there will be more in the coming years.