Virtual Reality: The Future is Here
Virtual Reality, or VR, started out as something of a gimmick, but the technology has been continuously developing and is finally being recognised for its full potential. Many industries have started using it to better their products and services, including advertisers who create pop-ups on VR headsets, and health professionals who are using it to treat patients with phobias.
Ford uses VR to get a sense of how customers experience new vehicles before ordering large-scale production, and in many education and training situations VR is used to show how things work to allow for practice. Schools, skilled trade institutions and military training facilities, for example, all fall into this category. Entertainment, quite naturally, is one of the largest sectors for Virtual Reality and allows users to enjoy great gaming experiences, or engage in daring stunts from the safety of their own homes.
Virtual Reality Trends
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted 4 trends in VR for 2016, namely the further development of high-powered headsets, VR in larger spaces than individual homes, better camera options and new types of games. We’ve seen all of these things come into fruition, and are only going to see VR tech reach new heights in the coming years.
Using VR in spaces other than private living rooms is perhaps best seen in the tourism industry, for obvious reasons, as well as in the real estate, arcade game and casino game trades. A good example of real estate’s use of VR is the Edge28 project, involving an off-plan property development of the same name in St. Leonards, Sydney.
Property marketers Laing and Simmons came up with a Virtual Reality marketing plan that involved potential buyers wearing headsets allowing them to step inside their prospective homes. They got to see all the features including the incredible views first-hand. Using the Google Cardboard VR Viewer and an application that could be downloaded to Apple or Android devices, they could also re-experience it whenever they wanted to.
Virtual Reality Enhancing Game Play
As far as all types of games go, VR is taking them to a whole new level. Players can, for instance, fly around Paris and see it from the perspective of an eagle in Eagle Flight, a game from the same Ubisoft Entertainment team who brought us Assassins Creed and many other great titles. Arcade games have been given a whole new lease on life, as games such as Mortal Combat are made more realistic and viewed in a first-person context. Laser Tag is better than ever too, and is attracting a new generation of players.
For those whose playing tastes are a little more sophisticated, VR is making inroads into casino games too. Players can already participate in multiplayer Poker games that show the actions and expressions of their tablemates in real time. For the first time ever, it’s possible to use physical tells in a Poker game when playing online.
The SlotsMillion Casino joined forces with Oculus Rift to produce the first functioning Virtual Reality casino, complete with 40 different games. Industry heavyweights such as Microgaming and NetEnt are also eager to get in on the VR action, and are waiting for all of the red tape to be removed. While this seems to be quite a challenge, it’s also clear that the industry will keep pushing forward.
The world of Virtual Reality has really turned a corner, and everyone should get ready for great things to come.