Technology has come very far from the ages of potato computers to virtual reality. From its early stages of development to what we currently have in the market, there’s still criticism when it comes to the future of this technology. There are, however, talks and speculations that the speeding up of development would make the upcoming year the first real breakthrough for the virtual reality as a mainstream technology that could become essential to our daily lives.
There are tons of VR platforms available to the public as of this moment. Technologies such as Sony’s PlayStation VR, Google Cardboard, Facebook’s Oculus Rift Headset, and many more mainstream platforms are slowly gaining popularity in today’s society. With the availability of platforms, there are also many virtual reality games that are available in the market that allows using the maximum potential of these VR platforms which enables people to witness the augmented reality. In the following paragraphs, we will be discussing the road to actuality when it comes to virtual reality.
Is there a probability of virtual reality getting more physical?
There is a high probability that virtual reality will go down the road of physical interaction as a necessity for using the technology. To anyone who has no idea of HTC Vive, it is a virtual reality platform that involves the use of physical activity through the sensor-equipped controllers that let you feel and hold an imaginary paintbrush. There are also games that are based on sports such as baseball that enables you to swing a virtual baseball bat through the controllers.
The downside to these platforms that have controllers is that the lack of the sense of touch will remain an issue. You can still feel the vibration the moment you strike a ball, but it would still feel like a video game controller just like the Wii game console. Should this be improved and further developed, we could say goodbye to baseball bats in the future!
The collaborative efforts of the multiple companies
The competition will never go away when it comes to the development of technology, but in the case of virtual reality, it must be done in a collaborative effort of the similar companies. They should be helping each other when it comes to developing the whole virtual reality business, only then will there be a significant increase in the development of the VR industry. Just like in the case of PC gaming where there was a development of gaming rigs through the collaborative effort of companies such as Nvidia Corporation, Intel Corporation and many more companies that provided the ultra-powerful graphics processors. We could only hope that this would be the same in the case of virtual reality since this was already proven to be effective, as seen in the case of PC gaming.
It was not done by a single company, but by the collaboration of the entire industry.
Wireless VR is the next step
The VR industry is currently divided and categorized into two; immersive and futuristic VR platforms such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive that are so expensive they’d make your eyes pop out from shock. The other category would be the economic and mobile platforms such as Oculus Go and Google Cardboard meant for access through your handheld devices.
The immersive platforms need to be plugged into the PC for this to function in such a way that you could maximize its use. The inconvenient factor for this type of platform is that you have to be within the vicinity of your PC, meaning you can’t bring this around with you wherever you want, and its eye-popping price would make anyone think twice about purchasing this. The portable systems are much more convenient because it could be used through your smartphones and other handheld devices, in which its performance is massively downgraded to allow this platform to fit within your bag. It’s merely taxing to start to develop wireless VR when even the portable ones are still under development and could use more improvement.
Virtual reality is currently under debate whether this should be our next step in technology or not. It should be noted that some people believe that virtual reality is not the correct road towards development, but there are also many people who say that if this technology is developed correctly and taken care of, we could use this for many other things. It could be the next teaching method when it comes to fields like medicine, engineering, and many more applied sciences that could use its vast potential. The dangerous and apparent effect this could have in our society would be that people are more inclined towards digital interactions, losing touch in our humanistic side. This is a debate that could go on and on for a very long time, let’s hope that technology would improve in such a way that we could fully benefit from it, not merely deconstructing our society piece by piece.