What is the Future of Video Games?

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Technology is being advanced at a constantly increasing rate.

We never know for sure how technology is going to look like in the future, but companies, specifically the gaming companies, are always trying to accelerate the process further by predicting what could be the next big thing in . Whether it’s a new game with weird new graphics or a new control system, or it’s a console with a bunch of features no one knew they wanted, or if it’s an addon or a brand new concept in general that could change the way people perceive .

There have been many benchmarks of revolution since the dawn of video games, and each one brought forth a new era of enjoyment. There was the jump from 8-bit graphics to 16-bit graphics which added so many more options for drawing objects and sprites, then there was the jump from 2D to 3D graphics which added an entire dimension to the game making process and even more possibilities in level design and character movement. There was also the movement to switch all the controlling of a game to pure motion, first with the in 2006 and then again with the Kinect and Move when and decided to try and piggyback the glory of . But then when people saw that motion was most definitely not the future, Oculus popped up and started advertising their mission to create the Rift, an entirely new gaming experience based in Virtual Reality.

Cut to present day…

This is where we are now. In the midst of an era where people now think that VR is the future, just like they did with motion controls and the previous benchmarks. And even through the advancements prior to motion could be deemed necessary and successful, unlike motion controls, they are still up there with the things that changed the face of gaming if not forever then at least for a while. The question here is, is VR really the thing that’s going to change it all up forever?

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No, i like it and cant wait for may 17th to get FARPOINT and the rifle controller combo, Res7 was so freaky in VR with genuine scares

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Yep,too fking right it is.

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NO!

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VR is not a fad. It has been dreamt about for decades. Back when Lawnmower Man came out, everyone was praying for the tech to become reality. I’ve played Elite Dangerous in VR and…WOW! The immersion is intense. VR is only just getting started.

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Yah i play elite on the dk2 and wow i was also blown away. I also found out i have vision problems but i should have gone to spec savers lol

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I go to Vision Express…probably why I keep meeting the rebuy screen lol

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vr is too expensive

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Like everything, it will come down in price in time. Look at the price of the first DVD players (around £400). They are so cheap now that they could be given away in boxes of cereal.

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E:D VR is simply the best gaming experience I’ve ever had. I love it.

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First time I tried ED in VR I went to a hazardous resource extraction site in the rings of a gas giant…it was an amazing experience.

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Have you played the lawnmower game bet you haven’t

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By Jobe, no I haven’t 😉

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How about the very first Freddy Krueger nightmare on Elm Street dream Warrior that game was my favorite and the original Jason game

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Only thing I’ve played in VR so far is Elite Dangerous on the OR CV1 and those clunky rollercoaster demos that came with the OR DK2. Glad to say that the resolution is a lot better on the CV than on the DK…😵

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Guillaume Proulx VR too expensive? how much is a 50 inch HD tv? its not all that different, but VR has a much better experience.

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Dirt rally in vr has made me a believer

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Ya but it will wear off then tech will evolve and something else will come along that we couldn’t even imagine right now and then that will run the same life cycle just like ps move kinect it will eventually just be there as a small option on the side

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Wii, Ps Move, Kinect, etc. They didn’t last long, or at all. They were here for a day and gone the next. Not saying they’re the same, but they were a new way of playing, and nobody wanted it. VR will stay in the arcades, it seems more of an occasional kind of thing.

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Optically, except for full holodeck abilities, where else is there to go after VR? Full immersion can only go so far at the moment and we are currently living in a time when immersion is one of the most important things. Wii/Kinect etc were fadish – they really only offered a new way to control a game, not a new way for a game to exist. VR is about more than games though – virtual tours, architects, surveyors etc can all find VR beneficial to their every day work.

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He means when the new console comes out everyone will have wasted their money and a s****y VR

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I’m thinking bigger that just a console/PC party trick.

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The Vr technology is cool and getting better as we clearly have seen but it’s still not really VR so much as it is a tv right in front of my eyes, I wanna be able to just play and be in this different world/setting just by putting on the vr not using a controller, is if any of you have seen Sword Art Online but that’s what I really believe VR is

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And until it is like that then yeah I’d say vr is just a fade controller is just too easy and most gamers are lazy lol

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Its like everything, it will evolves as technology becomes available. The list of technology we use today that was originally just described as a fad is lengthy. Cars, TV and mobile phones for example.

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Resident Evil Biohazard is awesome in VR!

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Vr was a fad 15 years ago I remember going to arcade in London when I was a kid the only difference is the graphics are better it’s just like 3d where’s that now in a year or two no one will care about vr they will be on to the next big thing

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If VR was a fad 15 years ago, how come it is still here and being improved upon?…

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People who have VR know how amazing it is. Those who say it’s a fad, don’t have VR.

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Are there any fps in VR yet?

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It’s a fad. Not very practical wearing stupid head gear and setting up cameras and cables

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The technology will eventually become more compact and wireless.

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VR is amazing, elite dangerous is unreal so immersive

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It’s a fad. One day it won’t be but right now it is.

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Don’t let salty fans tell you otherwise, if they could get a refund you get your sole they would take it right away l***o! £500 for a over hyped railshooter 😂😂

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Not to mention the motion sickness.

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Haha😂 how can you say its a fad. Fucken yo yo’s are a fad. This is tech being improved upon all the time. I havn’t played a desktop game since i first put my vive headset on 4 months ago and not sure if i could ever go back.

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Vr n motion sims is the future.
Also the stuff that will be out to help with the fps type games.
Gunna be amazing in such early days.

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Meh.. I might be the only one, but I don’t like vr that much. But no its not a fad, it’ll continue to develop beyond our expectations

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Not a fan either

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Not a fan either

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Not a fan either

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John D’Alessandro for me it messes with my eyes and gives me really bad headaches. A lot of the gameplay is kind if meh so far too

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vr gives me motion sickness. I couldn’t care any less

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Ahh id rather sit in the couch with a controller anyday

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Some rookie article indeed.

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Plz rift and touch is f#$king amazing and games are getting better, longer and becoming triple a titles lm loving it i wont game on a screen anymore

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Sold my ps4 and bought a HTC vive, haven’t regretted it at all, yes it’s in its infancy but can’t play 2d games anymore, get bored straight away, it’s the difference between watching a sport and playing in it

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You need to mention that you have/got a nice computer lol

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Yeah its ‘not bad’ lol

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Times must be bad? So you sell a ps4 and buy a vive? Remind me of the prices again? Bullshit springs to mind.

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What’s prices have to do with it? I I’ve gamed for years and find 2d gaming boring, I used to play for hours and now find it hard to keep my attention on it, but I sold my ps4 and bought a vive, yes with some extra cash with it, but the point was how much more immersive it is playing it, not comparing costings

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Lol I’m sure no one is actually reading the post…it’s about vr being a fad, not about how much things cost, I never once said that I sold my ps4 and bought a vive with the exact money, yes a ps4 is £200ish and a vive is £700, but that’s not the point, but we’re not talking money, we’re talking vr..give it a couple years and the prices will come down and the tech will only get better…so no it’s not a fad.

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Vr certainly shouldn’t be. Some of the games have blown me away. Rush of blood is awesome.

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Rogue One VR – Incredible!

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Yep. I’m not strapping a brick to my face no matter how rad it is.

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you shouldn’t care what others think that much, it’s more fun when you let yourself have some fun /

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Just keep it the way it is ffs n improve the graphics!

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VR is not a fad.

This is the wrong question. The right question is “has VR reached the point where it’s capable of doing what people actually want from it at a cost they’re willing to pay?”

For me the answer is “I don’t think so, not yet”. The field of view is too small, and the cost is too high.

But eventually it will be like digital photography, killing the Polaroid and disposable cameras, or phone cameras replacing proper cameras for regular people.

It’s just a matter of when the tech will be good enough to achieve widespread adoption.

Same with AR.

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I sort of agree with most of your post, it’s not even mainstream yet, being way too expensive and really not quite good enough (from what I read). However I don’t think VR will ever ‘take over’ from normal screens. Same as 3D TV, a lot of people simply don’t want it, they don’t want to wear even minimal special eye-wear to simply watch stuff or play games..

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I don’t think regular TV’s will stop being a thing. But I do think that like cameras, they’ll be less common than phones with cameras built in.

I expect you’ll eventually see a tv or so in a house, and then several sets of VR visors for people around the house, as a fairly common setup.

Particularly among younger people, when theyre good enough and accessible enough.

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It’s a fad. Not very practical wearing stupid head gear and setting up cameras and cables

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Haha it was just like 3D, I remember the Virtual Boy, it was big, then it wasn’t big, it crashed and burned hard much like 3D. However…, the guy that created all the best games of my life, is current at the forefront of the Oculus so… I succumbly agree it can be successful with Carmack at the helm. But in general, I figure most of VR will be largely unsuccessful due to how poorly games are developed, excluding the Oculus because it is high end VR Gaming.

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Oculus is just a slightly more polished t**d just like the stuff all over your face, don’t kid yourself just because you spent the cost of a small car on useless tech

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I really do think there will eventually be VR that is worth buying. However, I don’t think it’s here yet. Current VR just doesn’t give me what I’m looking for for high end immersion, and it’s too expensive for cheap immersion.

If there was fairly cheap VR, I could see a case for it for kids/teens in a house – as a visual equivalent to headphones. They can watch whatever, and hear whatever, in their own little world, without bothering the rest of the house with noise.

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I’m not sure about it yet,I think it needs to progress more for me to make up my mind, it’s too early

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Alright who put a coin in this d******d

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Bring on augmented reality

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VR is a gimmick. Everyone was equally excited about motion controls once… The issue with VR is price. It is to expensive for the average person.

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Please don’t compare VR to motion controls.

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But I already did compare them?

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So it’s a gimmick because it’s too expensive, even though in the future the prices will come down, which makes it no longer a gimmick, meaning it was never a gimmick. Gotcha.

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It’s a gimmick because it’s not a necessary piece of equipment for gaming.

History is littered with various technologies that claimed it was going to be the “Next big thing” and never was. VR is another to add to the list.

All attempts at VR has resulted in s**t sales and minimal game support, that ain’t changing.

It’s a passing fad. A gimmick. I suggest you come to terms with that.

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motion controllers didn’t put you in the game like this does though. it’s a completely different experience.

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Immersion means stuff all. I had an eyefinity display setup… And the immersion was surreal. But it was never more than a gimmick.

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yeah, but eyefinity doesn’t put you in the game literally. that’s what vr does. it’s on another level of immersion completely when it tricks your brain into thinking you’re there.

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And yet. It is not required to play games. Which is why it is a gimmick.

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it’s not required, but that doesn’t exactly define a gimmick. i completely count my vr gaming and regular gaming as seperate; they’re so different it’s silly to compare the two. it’s really something you don’t understand until you try it like i said, and i don’t think i can change your mind otherwise. anyone who’s tried it doesn’t have those views.

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You can’t change my mind. You would also be incorrect in thinking I haven’t tried it though.

It is never going to become anything more than a gimmick, it is to expensive, it’s not required to play games and majority of games don’t support it.

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Which one have you tried?
All of the vr games I own i dont see being able to play without it. They just wouldnt be fun.

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VR will be a mainstay only because of p**n

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LOVE VR!!! (just wish i could afford it)

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One improvement i’d love to see is a wireless headset But i still love it

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It’s already here.. Vive has one with 15 ms latency…..that will improve with time.

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Mike Glenwright

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The only real big issue with VR is comfort, if they sort this out it will be wonderful.

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Salvager Stewart Scott Cargill

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You all need to start building them even a 2 dof seat mover is awesome.
Goto xsimulator . Net

https://youtu.be/WMz4MwCf0Xs

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vr is crap by now it should at least be playable cut scene graphics but no actually the exact same graphics the only game over seen is on the occulus that makes me wanna try vr but until they show me realistic graphics I’ll stick to my ps4..

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you can’t hate on the graphics when you’re playing, it’s a whole different experience. it’s not even fair to judge without trying it first.

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Arran Waudby

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Vr is just laser quest

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YOU’RE A FAD

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How about putting it this way, what is holding back video games ? PS and XB

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I 100 percent disagree with his comments about VR not being good !! It is absolutely amazing and I cannot stop using it . Actually being in the game your playing adds a whole new feel of excitement and atmosphere that you can’t get in regular gaming . This guy obviously has not tried VR lol

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No, I actually have. And I agree, it is really cool, my point wasn’t that it’s bad, my point was that the tech simply isn’t there yet for it to become bigger than it is right now. In like 20 years hopefully VR can capture everyone’s hopes and dreams, but for now it’s kind of a gimmick.

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I still disagree !! Hahaha the graphics are amazing !!! And it’s extremely emersive . 20 years from now it won’t be VR anymore it will be the hollideck

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Currently, VR is kind of lame and too expensive for what you get. I don’t think it’s a fad at all though. Hopefully it goes in the direction of full immersion eventually, if it’s even possible.

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Have you played on a vive or rift? Psvr is crap and Samsung gear vr is just a taster

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Jereme O’keefe Reece Robinson

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This is like asking are screens a fad. Kind of moot as vr is just a screen and people use screens all the time for everything. AR and holographics are the only thing that can move us forward, and that is just VR with see through glasses or contacts.

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eh, you need other hardware for that screen to be believable VR though. accurate 1:1 tracking and good framerates with low latency to say the least. not to mentioin motion tracked controllers are huge to have.

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Nothing like asking if screens are a fad. Stupid comparison

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Yes it is. Stupid comment. Stupid person.

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I love the pro and VR combo rush of blood is awesome batman was fantastic just short, surgeon was hallarious, I expect you to die was alot of fun, I can’t wait for star trek bridge command, I am still hoping for red dead vr that would be awesome

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Luke Birt

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VR is for siming (racing, flying, space) but their is no other style of gaming that need VR. They try to push VR on other game and it wont work because what people want for other games is the sensation to be there. RPG and shooter you have to move around and VR at the moment is not for that. If you play any game that you are in a cockpit VR will make sense other then that their is no real reason for VR at this point.

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Did you never play Lucky’s Tale? It’s a cute, enjoyable VR platform game, which proves very nicely that other game styles can work very well in VR.

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Lol there are loads of vr games that are amazing… even the simplest of games like fruit ninja in vr is amazing.

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RPG games could be amazing in vr if they just get away from the idea that you need to walk miles and miles to get everywhere and just have a quick travel map system. All types of games can work in vr they just need to change

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Even if they made the original zelda in vr it would be good

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I kind of agree, look at the Fire Emblem franchise for starters, how could you manage all your units in VR, the only way i could see vr being incorporated is just looking at the map in a birds eye view being able to look around the map but even then whats the point?

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you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about!!
There’s tons of Archery games, FPS, wave shooters, boxing, artistic stuff “visual and audio”. Look up Rec Room. amazing social games and lobby! Loot at Alt Space.. it’s a great social app with Ted Talk like seminars, High tech meeting rooms, Rave Nights. There’s also a whole slew of other traditional games but rendered in 3d to play in a seated position.

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Graeme Evans – quick travel is already a thing in most RPGs buddy. As fun as it is walking everywhere in skyrim, man’s on a time budget these days 👌

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Sunshine Arizona. My fav game ever and yes it’s in VR.

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No thanks I hate PlayStation

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VR has too many limits to overtake regular gaming. Most of us just want to chill in front of a screen with some food and a drink and interact with people while gaming. Something you cannot do in VR. It is fun every so often but not something I could use on a regular basis. Look how long TV has gone without many changes. If it works you don’t need to fix it.

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Got the psvr
Still sitting chilling interacting online
Can’t wait for gt sport

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I meant interacting with things in the real world. Like food and people while playing video games at the same time. They are the limitations.

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You can’t interact with people while gaming in vr? Well for one thing you can. But you can also interact with people in a whole different country inside vr. It can be even more social you just need the vr computer screen on a TV and use speakers not headphones and then you’re not so datached from the other people in the room. There’s also a few local multiplayer vr games

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You are clearly incapable of understanding simple facts.

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Graeme Evans guess what, you can also interact with people in different countries using psn and xbox live and steam. real talk, I couldn’t give 2 s***s about vr because that just me. part of that is also vr gives me motion sickness. but in my OPINION, nothing will ever beat sitting on the couch with your friends, some beer and pizza with a controller in your hand sitting in front of a tv screen. when I think video games, I don’t want to live it, I just want to play. honestly I don’t even feel scorpio is needed. I… Read more »
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Steven Zwiesler You sound like an old man. How many games do you own that are actually local multiplayer?? Yeh.. like doing the split screen thing when you can barely see what’s going on?? Couch gaming with friends died when developers got lazy. VR is in its infancy and it’s already mind blowing!

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My thoughts exactly, it’s too much effort. Kick back grab a pad and chill.

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Why is it an effort to put a headset on?

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I’ve had numerous Vive sessions with groups of people and a single Vive, that have been far, far more social than any single gaming experience I’ve ever had. It’s really fun watching people play VR games! I consider regular gaming to be much more limiting on the social factor.

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We saw a glimpse of where technology is heading. VR is early still so it’s still getting there and i still feel holographic technology may be on the horizon. It’ll be interesting to see where things go over the next five or so years.

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Is the answer ” video games , just a few years down the line. “

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Yes its a fad, because who wants to look like a lemon around their family wearing one, while not being able to see whats going on around you

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people that don’t care too much about what they look like? anyone who’s actually tried it dismisses anyone judging them, it’s awesome.

and if you set it up properly you don’t need to see what’s going on around you

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The thing is, there have been plenty of innovations over the years that have fallen flat because the console companies don’t know how to market them. The NES (3rd generation) had the light gun, the 4th gen had the SuperScope (SCES) and Menacer (MegaDrive/Genisis) with no incentives for game studios to make games for them; they were content to make games people already had the equipment for. Customers who had bought them had no new games to play on them, more cautious people, who decided to wait, weren’t going to buy them because no compatible games were coming out. Fast… Read more »
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usb flash drive better

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Reads like a five year old wrote it.

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What a pointless article. Skip to the end of the article to get the answer. Pathetic

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anyone who owns a vive will tell you it’s not a fad! had mine 9 months and still when I get chance to go on, I’m blown away how good it is. what’s going to take time is for it to become mainstream.

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Pc gaming is always going to win but at the end of the day it’s down to user

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Not quite fad but will only ever be a neache market

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STREAMING all our games is the future like nvidia shield. We are all waiting on 1GB internet to become mainstream so we can wave goodbye to heavy clunky consoles forever!

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gonna be a long time till you get that vr wise. the latency needs to be so low that even wireless is difficult to do.

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