Virtual Reality seems to have been around for ages without really making much progress. The idea of being in a virtual world, but sat in the comfort of our own living room has only ever been a dream. Until now. PlayStation have announced the release of their Virtual Reality headset come October and are the first console to do so. However, there are a few other headsets in the technology market.
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are currently leading the way in the market. The two most advanced systems, they require a high spec computer to fully appreciate the virtual world. Along with that each device requires motion sensors in one way or another. In terms of visualisation both have a 1080×1200 pixel OLED display (one for each eye) which ends up creating a fantastic 3D visual experience.
In terms of gaming consoles, PlayStation have announced their own VR will be released in October.Known as ‘Project Morpheus’ it is an accessory to the PlayStation 4 and although lacking the power or visual experience, that the Rift and Vive can offer, it is the first designed just for gaming. It uses the same technology as the other two devices, and uses a motion detector attached to the PlayStation to track your movement.
There will be over 50 PlayStation titles released in VR, including Driveclub, SuperHyperCube, Job Simulator, Music VR and Playroom VR. Several of the big boys such as Ubisoft and 2K games are also rumoured to be developing their own titles. There is scheduled to be a massive amount of VR games released, considering the release date of the headset itself is only a few months before Christmas, it will be a fantastic few months of gaming.
The advancement in simulators over the years have undoubtedly been a helpful introduction for gaming in the VR world. The use of voice recognition and camera sensors, although being hit and miss, have helped push the technology forward. During a special event at the Game Developers Conference PlayStation announced that they would be realising the headset in October this year. After testing the VR headset is complete and ready for use, however, like many consoles add ons, it will need a period of bedding in.But the majority of VR headsets coming out and currently available are not purpose built for gaming. What they will do is open up a new world of experience. For HTC Vive users, you can already have the experience of scaling Mount Everest’s peaks. So just imagine playing your favourite game as if you were there.
The advancement in Virtual Reality will eventually mean a huge change in gaming for console players. In an era when we can immerse ourselves in RPG games, fantasy, online poker avatars and create a virtual world for ourselves, VR headsets have come at the perfect time.