Over the course of last few years, the conception about Virtual Reality has significantly changed. In the late 80’s and 90’s it was thought to be a dreadful byproduct. However, some significant promises in the gaming industry has created a hype recently. In this article, we are going to discuss how impactful is it going to be in the upcoming years.
Inception of VR
In the year of 1987, the name Virtual Reality (VR) was first introduced with goggles and gloves.
In 1991, it went public and then SEGA & Nintendo started working on VR glasses gradually. In 1999, “The Matrix” movie also created some buzz.
However, the first fifteen years of the 21st century has seen rapid advancement of virtual reality. Computing technology, especially small and powerful mobile techs, have exploded while prices have gone down. The rise of smartphones with HD displays and 3D graphics capabilities has started a generation of lightweight and practical VR devices.
Popular VR Devices
In the last few years, companies like Google, Samsung, Sony and many Silicon Valley startups have released many popular devices that have started a new era altogether. Here are a few of them.
HTC Vive packs in 70 sensors to offer 360-degree head-tracking as well as a 90Hz refresh rate;
Sony Playstation VR- With its low price and PS4 compatibility, PlayStation VR has the potential to impress gamers.
Oculus Rift used 2160 x 1200 resolution and 3D imagery system to make gaming experience better.
Apart from these, Sony’s PSVR, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Google Daydream, Google Cardboard are also ruling the $5 billion market.
How VR will Influence Mobile Gaming
Now the million-dollar question is, how is it going to revolutionize the mobile gaming industry?
There are a few reasons which indicates that VR is the most fitted for mobile gaming. These devices are readily available, simple set-up to use, small in size, portable, convenient and most importantly now available in low prices. Due to these reasons, it is expected that a few segments are going to earn more profit than ever. Here are a few of them.
With the increasing use of smartphones, online gaming has already become popular. VR devices take it to the next level. Some online VR games offer you the chance to socialise with others in a variety of ways, for example, text or voice chat. Some games like virtual bowling, hockey, golf, football, table tennis gives you the feeling of playing real games.
When casinos made it to the online world, they attracted existing fans and managed to reach a huge number of players who had never played such games. With rising usage of VR headsets, Casinos have become more fun. It gives them more clarity and the actual feeling of Casinos. As online casinos earned 拢2.44billion in 2014 in the UK alone, it is expected to reach much higher with VR now.
With the abandon availability of online casinos, there are many free mobile games that are already popular in the market. For example, Angry birds is one. It has 11 million downloads in iOS and earns $1 million revenue from Android. With the help of VR, such games have sky as the limit.
With the emerging number of VR supported devices from tech giants, it is evident that Virtual Reality is going to reach the next level. On the other hand, the reduction in price, attractive features and compatibility with mobile devices show a bright future for mobile games altogether.