Virtual Reality is the ultimate immersion gadget. It works like this: you step into the world of a video game, look around and freely interact within the environment. Remember the James Cameron movie, Avatar? Same general idea, much smaller effects budget!
With the proper VR gear, you have almost no limitations as a gamer in how far you can go in escaping reality. However, the technology that would allow for a true Avatar-like VR experience is not quite possible just yet.
Many so-called revolutionary gaming gadgets have come and gone over the years. But I don’t see anyone using Nintendo’s Powerglove or Wiimote these days. However, devices like the gamepad have been around since the mid 1980s, with minimal design changes. The popularity of VR headsets will likely continue to rise in the near future.
Speaking of virtual reality, what’s the point of a immersing yourself in a VR world if you can’t interact with it in a physical and intuitive way? Immersing your mind in a fantasy game world while your body is stuck in the normal world could lead to some comical situations that might abruptly take you out of the experience!
Many large companies have jumped on the VR bandwagon, with several VR headsets scheduled to hit the market in the near future. Whether the technology will catch on and become a gaming staple for the long run remains to be seen. From today’s perspective, VR headsets are definitely becoming a trend, but it’s too early to tell whether they’re here to stay.