Virtual reality in video games has arrived and it is already a big hit with players all around the world. It’s not quite become a mainstream thing just yet but is well on its way as people flock to buy headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. With the huge price drop of the Oculus Rift headset, combined with top developers taking a keen interest, the technology will only go from strength to strength and gain in popularity.
The content so far has been a bit of a mixed bag as most people would have expected. For game developers it marks their first foray into producing a virtual reality compatible title. So there are games that will just allow the players to get to grips with the new technology and how it works. However, due to the growing numbers of people buying into VR, we have seen more familiar names appear content wise.
Two more recognizable titles that are set to enter the virtual reality world are Fallout 4 VR and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Both games have been part of award winning games series and to see them being adapted for virtual reality really makes a statement about where the technology is headed. It does raise the question though as to how the immersion into the VR world could affect some people.
Virtual reality has the capacity to fully immerse a player into a game and its surroundings. It’s as if the person is literally in that world and while this can be rather impressive it has to be said, it could also have adverse effects for some people. It’s been seen before with standard console gaming where people have become that engrossed and involved with the game they are playing, the lines of reality and fiction have become slightly blurred.
If that was the case with ordinary console gaming, immersion into the game via a virtual reality headset is on a completely different scale and will allow the user to actually live and breathe the title that they are playing. So be it a war game like Call of Duty, a shoot ‘em up zombie thriller like Resident Evil or a post-apocalyptic RPG like Fall Out, things could become a bit too real for some people.
There’s also been a lot of talk about online casino and betting companies exploring the potential use of VR technology to enhance the gaming and casino experience while not actually at a casino. This is all well and good but a problem some people have is that they have an addictive personality and nature and it could be quite easy to become totally absorbed whilst playing in a virtual reality online casino or playing online slot games, especially after somebody has won a few times. Research done by Unibet has suggested that the entire experience could be quite euphoric and one that people will be eager to experience time and time again, which can only lead to a more complete online gaming experience!