The Trend in Virtual Reality
Few years had passed since the time HTC has introduced the first high-end VR headset, the HTC Vive. After that, there has come an upsurge in Rift, entrance of Microsoft, cryptocurrency-inflated prices of hardware and also, the inception of Virtual Reality eSports league. While the platform as well as medium has to be exploded yet, there’s been a continued investment and steady growth both from educators and entertainers. The world of VR becomes so vast and wide that various materials can be used to complete the quests from a skillet, keyboard and just literally about everything.
From the get-go, Oculus Rift lags behind HTC Vive. Not only that their launch has been filled with delays to get them out of the public for almost a full year, Oculus refused to admit the dominance of room scale VR experiences and instead, opted for stationary or seated experiences. Oculus took the game slowly but surely by integrating room-scale motion controls which enabled players to finally grab items while in the VR world such as a skillet and do a bold move of dropping its price to rival with HTC’s market share.
As a way to gauge the current trend in PC component market, Steam launch a hardware survey almost every month. Consistently, the Vive has beaten Rift in terms of market share and sales.
Before VRChat, there was RecRoom or simply a social VR experience that is meant for Oculus, PSVR and Steam wherein players can play laser tag, dodgeball and the likes while finishing a quest together. The game additionally features cartoony and nostalgic high school motif while players only have limited control of the presented content.
Through the availability of VRChat, it literally changes everything by pushing social games running on the same platform to compete and to adapt. RecRoom also made it possible to add player created room module that has made it feasible for players to make mockup of cities, build castles, create their own quests, make weapons from a skillet. Still, RecRoom shines best if it sticks to original formula. They have developed enormous paintball as well as laser tag arenas write entertaining quests where it is almost impossible to win without friends and kept enforcing community behavior than other social platforms.
A new quest was released recently called Isle of Lost Skulls. In this game, you’re a pirate that’s trapped in a cell and breaking out of it is your first mission. Everything around you can be used to beat skeletons that keep you imprisoned. This often means picking up a skillet or broom to strike them over the head. Yes, you have to use a skillet to escape.