Let me be clear, I’m no expert, nor do I have insider knowledge. This is solely based on my opinions and as the title says, I’m totally wrong most of the time.
Let’s start with one thing that I want to make CRYSTAL CLEAR. I don’t hate VR. I just think it’s going to fail as a gaming experience. And here’s why.
Number One: The cost
Most of the Virtual Reality headsets are going to cost a lot of money. Most of them are going out at around 399.99$ and you need to have a PC attached to it. And you’ll need a really good PC, and that’s what most of people don’t have. I’m not talking about us gamers with our 1500$ gaming rigs. The normal non-hardcore public don’t even have the power on their PCs to toast bread (Get it? because they use a crappy laptop, and we often says that crappy laptops are kinda like old toasters…you know…)
There are cheaper alternatives that you can attach phones, but let’s be real. If you want to convince me that VR gaming isn’t going to fail, don’t mention Smartphones.
Of course there are the ones that are going to be plugged onto consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One. They have the same problems as the PC ones and you must add the cost of the console if you don’t already have one. The bigger problem is going to be that developers will have to ask permission to be able to put the game on their platforms. That often means better games but for the developers, it means more money and more time if they want to get their investments back. You know what they says; ”MO MONEY MO PROBLEMZ”.
Number Two: The Target
Who’s going to buy a game that requires a PS4 priced at 400$, a headset at 400$, and the game at 70$? Yo’ fam? Nah man.
Gaming is already costing a lot of money. Casuals won’t buy a VR for just one or two games. Of course they will try it at BestBuy and say it’s actually really cool and they will consider buying it. They won’t. OF COURSE they won’t.
I have seen people buying Smartphones that came with an 99$ headset for free and they told the cashier that they didn’t want it, or that they would sell it on Kijiji (poor man Ebay).
Number Three: The Games
That point can be debatable (kinda all the other points as well, but this one more so). I have played some VR games, and well, let’s face it; they are hardly games. I heard of titles like Rigs or Valkyrie that looks amazing! I can’t wait to try those! And yet, the other games I have played…well…either that are more akin to tech demo, or they could be way better with a controller in hand.
Number Four : The Space
I hope you all are willing to rent an extra room for your VR games. If you are like me, playing in the living room is out of the question. Or you will look like the Wii warning guy. Breaking vases and friendships for extra points.
Number Five: I’m probably wrong
I might as well say it now. I’m more often wrong than not. I thought that the Wii was going to fail miserably. It’s one of the top selling console of its time. I thought that the Vita was going to change the way we looked at hand held. People preferred Smartphones. I thought that I could still eat that fish. NOPE, big mistake.
Actually I hope that I’m wrong. Virtual Reality promises many cool things for gamers. If they can sell enough to drop the prizes so more people buy them and then they make more quality games so your entourage and your puppy can buy one. Don’t laugh, Puppy VR is an amazing concept.
The VR Experience
I think that what is going to save VR technology are movies. Being able to fly like an eagle, explore the waters of the South Pole or just float in space, that will sell well and will appeal to casuals.
Bonus : I heard that they make “special” VR experiences, especially in Japan. Now if that goes viral, sure, VR is going to work. It’s going to work really well.