Next-Generation Technology: Virtual Reality and VR Gaming
Until now, the gaming and entertainment industries are mostly dominated by traditional formats such as console, PC, cinema, and OTT platforms. And in the last few years, the gaming industry has exploded to become one of the largest entertainment industries, due to Covid. More so, the industry has been fuelled by the new mainstream technologies which are Virtual Reality and Metaverse. VR gaming technology is bringing a whole new world for gamers by creating an immersive digital experience. It will be a game-changer that will push the gaming industry into the next generation.
But what exactly is Virtual Reality and how we can access it?
In simple words, it is a technique used to create a three-dimensional virtual environment to be experienced through a head-mounted display. What makes virtual reality different is that the user can experience what is imagined in a digital format. The virtual world is generated using digital images which are then shown in the physical world through digital displays or projections. The physical world also serves to augment the virtual world. For example, VR headsets can give the user the feeling of being in a car and can simulate wind blowing in the user’s face or allow a VR headset user to see the view of the physical world without turning their head. This means they can control what they see in the virtual world and still have the physical reality.
The virtual world can be accessed via VR headsets, also called Head-Mounted Display (HMD). These HMDs are what create the sense of immersion in a virtual reality world. These displays usually contain a small computer screen, where all the images are being generated. The displays can create two-dimensional or three-dimensional images. The images are either presented to the viewer on a flat screen or through a lens.
The immersive nature of VR is what attracts the people, where players can not only play but also be a part of that game. They can live in the gaming world, interact with other players, and even experience the physical sense through haptics. This involves the use of force and vibration to create an immersive experience for the player. It uses the human body as an interface and enables the user to interact with the environment and interact with objects. The user may feel the strength of the weapon, or they may feel the vibrations as the environment shakes, making them feel as if were real. Players will be able to create their digital character called “AVATAR”, which will act as their digital replacement in the virtual world. Players can customize the appearance of their avatar with hairstyles, clothes, and other accessories to interact with the virtual world and other users in the game. And with the advent of Metaverse and VR technologies, the possibilities are infinite. Depending on the conditions, the players can buy, sell, collect, or trade real-world assets using NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).
In fact, these technologies are being used by a wide range of people and industries such as education, military, manufacturing, and healthcare. However, this is only the beginning of infinite possibilities. It is going to become an indispensable part of education, entertainment, and communication. While VR technology continues to grow, many companies have launched compatible hardware and software, and are coming up with unique futuristic projects to use the technology. Hence, the future is bright for VR.