VR technology has come a long way in recent years, and it’s only getting better. We’ve seen some truly incredible experiences from realistic simulations to mind-bending games, and in my opinion, it is just getting started.
So join me as we investigate the future of this novel technology.
First off, one of the biggest advancements in VR gaming is going to be in the area of haptic feedback. This technology allows you to feel physical sensations in the virtual world, making the experience even more immersive.
Imagine being able to feel the recoil of a gun or the sensation of a sword slicing through the air. Ultimately, players will wear haptic suits that replicate these sensations from the real world. This is going to take VR gaming to the next level.
Secondly, VR will inevitably become more realistic. Graphics are improving at a rapid pace. Starting from low-definition roller coaster simulators in the early 2010s to fully-fledged first-person shooters like super hot VR which are releasing today.
Ultimately, with the advancements in computer hardware, we’re going to see VR games with better graphics and more detailed environments.
4k will become the norm and the worlds will mirror what we are seeing in non-VR games with multiple AAA studios working on them. This will make the virtual world even more believable and will further blur the lines between reality and virtual reality.
Next, like most technologies, the hardware costs will inevitably come down. At the moment standard VR headsets such as the Meta Quest or Valve index require high-end PCs to run them. Demand is still low and therefore companies have to charge extra to make a profit.]
But in the future VR will become cheaper and run on most devices. Hell, we are even seeing the start of this now. Sony VR headsets can run on PS4s and PS5s and are as little as 300 dollars, this cost will continue to decrease thanks to markets of scale.
Not to mention, the tech for VR headsets will improve in line with the cost. They will become slimmer and more like glasses. The resolution will improve and so will motion tracking.
Next generation multiplayer experiences
We’ll also see more and more VR games that are designed for multiplayer experiences. As technology advances, it will become easier for players to interact with each other in the virtual world, making for some truly incredible gaming experiences.
The future will have completely open worlds with thousands of people all interacting with each other. Each player will have a unique avatar and I imagine gaming collectibles will be compatible across these virtual worlds using NFT technology to create scarcity.
Overall, VR multiplayer will create collaboration and social interactions that are second to none.
What does the data suggest?
Now when we look at the numbers we are certainly on track for mass adoption. Everyone from your grandad to your brother or sister will be using VR.
Starting from just $400 million in 2017 to a whopping $1.8 Billion in 2022 it is experiencing rapid expansion in growth and this is not stopping anytime soon.
As the hardware costs continue to decline and the technology improves this growth will only accelerate, analysts project that by 2024 revenue will hit $3.2 billion which is a six-times increase from 2019. Pretty impressive.
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Overall, the rate of development of VR is astonishing, just imagine where we will be 10 to 20 years from now. Anything is possible. Thanks for reading.
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