4 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Gaming

Gaming has evolved so much throughout the years. What started as 8-bit sidescrollers on retro consoles has evolved into full-blown 3D graphics that get more realistic by the year.

 

Virtual reality (VR) is made from a similar concept. But instead of emulating games to look like the real thing, it takes gaming elements and pushes those into the real world. We’ve always longed to be part of the universes we play, and the strides VR has made to realize these dreams have been nothing short of impressive. Here’s a quick recap of how exactly VR has changed the game.

Reviving arcades

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It’s no secret that arcade machines have become a sort of rare novelty. Ever since consoles were introduced in the early 80s and with the current abundance of PCs, gamers had fewer reasons to leave their houses. However, with VR coming into the arcade market, the numbers are finally making a positive turn. After all, VR gaming is expensive, and gear can cost anywhere from $399 for an Oculus Rift to $699 for immersive Dlodlo Glasses. You’ll also have to cash in some extra cash for high-quality earphones and the actual VR titles. Arcades grant players access to this exclusive piece of tech for as low as $11 per hour.

Improving standards

People have put up with low FPS and laggy games for years, but the rising popularity of VR has developers scrambling to make amends. “In a regular video game, you might see your game slow down [and it’s no big deal],” says game developer Ralph Barbagallo. “But if a VR game slows down like that, you’re going to get sick.” He’s referring to “sim sickness” — a condition that happens when movements and visuals don’t align with the brain’s processing mechanisms. Since VR games have to be made perfectly, the developments have translated to other non-VR titles too. Now, people are enjoying the perks of smoother gameplay regardless of the category.

Making live games feel live

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The definition of “gaming” has extended to more than just video games, and that includes live games. Instead of the usual sprites and digital storytelling, these games are hosted (and recorded) using real people, in real-time, and in real locations. A popular contender in this category is Monopoly Live, a game that combines elements from the classic Wheel of Fortune and the actual Monopoly board game it’s based on. Additionally, Lottoland’s discussion on VR details how the technology is transforming the way lotteries are played around the world, as it provides a virtual environment to place bets without having to line up at your local post office. What’s more is that you can also virtually “attend” the actual live lottery itself, allowing you to experience the thrill of it as the numbers are revealed.

Introducing new esports categories

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Esports is generally dominated by online multiplayer games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Call of Duty. But recently, VR games have also been making a huge scene. We’re not talking about games that support VR features, but titles that are specifically made for VR gear. VR Fitness Insider states that since Echo Arena laid the groundwork for zero-g locomotion over two years ago, VR competitive gaming increased in popularity. Esports have always been a niche, so it’s nice to see it expand and become more accessible.

VR has truly elevated the world of gaming like no other. In the past, screens separated gamers from whichever universe they were playing in, but VR allows you to become more immersed than ever before. The VR future looks bright, and we can’t wait to see what’s coming next.