Still just a few years ago, you could not play a video game with your apparent body movements from a distance. It just happened in the span of last few years, and now you can fight with your game avatar just with real body movements. You have entered the era of virtual reality. More than any other industry VR came as a harbinger of change to the gaming industry.
In the recent past, we have seen the launch of an array of VR devices and gadgets including VR headsets, VR game playing shoe, etc. Is this the ultimate promise we can expect from VR in games? No, rather it is just the beginning of VR which soon going to leave behind these stand-alone devices and hardware to become more compatible and affordable. As a game development company, you must know how virtual reality is changing gaming.
More VR gadgets at more affordable price
When talking about the imminent change that virtual reality games are supposed to bring to the gaming world, we must take into account the huge competition among the VR device brands and the sloping price as well as increasing affordability of these devices. Yes, VR devices represented for too long an expensive game niche that could have only been afforded by rich gamers. But with more brands hitting the VR game scene, the price continued to drop making it affordable for more people. But still, they are not mass products within easily affordable reach of everyone but is slowly tending to be so.
Until a few years back you could have told all the major names in the market of VR gadgets and headsets that include pioneers such as Oculus Rift, Sony PlayStation, and HTC Vive. Now you have more than a dozen players who have unleashed their sophisticated VR gadgets or just preparing to do so. This gave rise to fierce competition in terms of feature offerings as well as price.
While virtual reality is defined by its ability to take you to an entirely different world, augmented reality (now more commonly referred to as “mixed” reality) augments the one in which you’re living. With Microsoft’s Hololens, a self-contained computer rather than one powered by a separate device, you can watch an actual wall deform in real time and begin to spew out spiders. And as you walk around, that hole in the wall stays locked in. It is, as far as your brain is concerned, there. After Microsoft ambitious Hololens the VR scene is eagerly awaiting another major launch and it's nothing but Google Daydream which is expected to arrive with a single handed controller. Most importantly, some of the newest mobile phones have arrived with VR capability built in. Axon 7 and Moto Z are good examples of mobile handsets with built-in VR support.
Deeper into the simulated reality
Virtual reality gaming was conceived to allow us playing games in a simulated atmosphere or to allow us to play a digital game with real life interaction and environment. A game environment transporting the gamer to a life-like virtual reality was the quintessential aspect of VR games. It was limited to the most popular game niches involving strategy and actions. But with the VR games getting popular other game niches where game environment plays a vital role are going to be transported to virtual reality.
Google Daydream is expectedly going to make online VR casino games possible. With this trend settling in later on we can see other arena games and e-sports also coming with their VR versions reaping the advantage of the technology to drive more engagement. VR will continue to dig deeper into simulated reality to transport many games with a life-like environment.
Social and collaborative gaming is going to take over
Social gaming is already a robust and most popular trend in the recent times. Now with VR games becoming an everyday phenomenon for gamers, it is bound to hit the social space as well. Already most of the top game titles allow players to collaborate with their friends and other players online. Now, VR games allowing the same collaborative playing will only help VR reach more players.
With the huge promise and possibility of collaborative virtual reality games, a whole new breed of games can soon sweep the web. With VR devices and headsets continuing to be more affordable for people, we can see a huge upsurge in the type of games in which collaboration and social interaction play a vital role.
Time for interactive gaming
Finally, virtual reality in the gaming world is no longer going to be kept aside as a niche and special gaming technology. Instead of being a niche gaming technology for few it is going to string together many established and upcoming gaming trends. Other technologies that also stretches the sense of reality and helps to broaden interaction of games with the surrounding reality are going to be a part of this offering. This means we can expect some devices and games to come equipped with both VR and AR capabilities.
This new approach widely being dubbed as mixed reality will push the horizon of VR and AR games further. They are not going to be two separate technologies anymore, but going to help gaming interactions even more by allowing a mix of virtual and augmented reality environment. In future, you may not need a headset anymore to play a VR game. A game playing screen can be created anywhere while you play the game with your gestures instead of touch. You can play a game right on your coffee table and play it single-handedly with gestures while still sipping your coffee. With VR and AR together offering a mixed game reality, that day is not far away.
So, the gaming world is really going to experience a revolution with so many things happening and a lot more waiting with virtual reality. The virtual reality which until now has mainly been limited to sophisticated and high-funda headsets will soon become an everywhere gaming reality blurring the division between reality and game environment further.