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Virtual Reality, the Future in Gaming!

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                        “The Grey Wolf Soars!”

“Virtual Reality, don’t just play the game, be in the game.” 

I am sure a lot us remember the “Holodeck room” in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. It was a place where crew members could escape the pressures of flying and maintaining the Starship Enterprise.

In the “Holodeck”,  you can play sports, use it for training, spend a relaxing day in the woods, or have a gunfight at the “OK Carrol”. The choices were endless. If you could imagine it, you could program it. I love planes, so flying big powerful fighter jets would have been my “ESCAPE”.

Virtual Reality games are a reality now. Interesting times ahead, wouldn’t you say Captain Kirk?

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                “Lean and Mean!”

VR, what is it?

Virtual reality or virtual realities (VR), also known as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, is computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined. It also simulates a user’s physical presence that environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it.

In simple terms for an old gamer like me, it means a lot of fun. I am so excited about this.

VR comes in many different forms. There’s the cheap headset that works with your phone and there are more expensive options that require a powerful PC or gaming console and some space to move around.

Different Platforms are available now!

  • Google Cardboard:
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           “The head of Short Circuit”

    This is an inexpensive way to get started. All you need is your smartphone, a couple of plastic lenses, and some strategically cut cardboard pieces that come together to form a virtual reality headset. Cost around $15 not counting the phone.

  • Samsung Gear VR: The best mobile VR experience so far — but only for Samsung phones. This one will cost around $99, still a good price.
  • Oculus Rift: With a price tag of $599, it far more immersive than strapping a phone to your face. It does require a powerful gaming PC to generate its graphics. Plus, you are tethered between your head and the computer. Watch your footing.
  • HTC Vive: The best VR experience you can have right now if you’ve got the space. It costs $799. You can grab objects and walk around the room. So, clear the room of furniture. And you need a powerful gaming PC which you will be tethered to.
  • Sony PlayStation VR: It is a little cheaper at $399, but you need to figure in the cost of a PlayStation 4 console (About $300 to $400). A lot of gamers will already have consoles.

     

  • As I was updating this post, I can across an interesting article about the future of virtual reality. The resource is https://www.cnet.com/news/microsofts-roomalive-turns-your-room-into-a-holodeck.

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                            “Exploring the virtual world together”

    It is about a prototype called “RoomAlive” developed by Microsoft. The original, Microsoft’s “IllumiRoom”, was first introduced at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2013.

    It transforms any room into an immersive, augmented, magical entertainment experience, the Microsoft team explains on their research website.

    RoomAlive’s projection-mapping system was developed with the assistance of Brett Jones and Rajinder Sodhi at Projection Mapping Central.

    At its core is the projector depth-camera unit, known as a procam. It consists of a wide field of view projector, a Kinect sensor, and a computer. The Kinect maps the room and tracks what’s in it, while the projector is used for the display. With six procam units, every square inch of a room can be mapped.

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                                  “Create it and we will play it”

    Each of the six procam units is auto-calibrating and self-localizing. The user installs the unit, and all six work together to create a unified model of the room.

    The six Kinect sensors work together to track the user’s head position in the room. This lets the software correct the perspective of the imagery so that it appears 3D to the user wherever they are in the room.

    Like “IllumiRoom”, “RoomAlive” is only a proof-of-concept at this point. WOW, this is amazing.

    I am looking forward to future VR systems. Video gaming has come so far. I love it. “Let’s Game”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                “I’ll be good, Santa”

We have different options. I think I would go for the Sony PlayStation VR for now. It seems more practical for me.

VR, not just for Gaming!

Virtual Reality systems have more uses than playing video games.

  • Entertainment: Movies, concerts, or theater events. You can be there, not just watch it.
  • Artistry and Design: Create your own 3D blueprints for a new home or paint the next “Mona Lisa”.
  • My favorite, Gaming: VR will take video gaming to new and exciting levels for gamers.
  • Education and Simulation: You can travel to far away lands, fly 747 jets or sharpen one’s skills to do better at our jobs.
  • Tourism and Exploration: You can witness the Pyramids or explore outer space or dive to the ocean floors from your living room.
  • Psychology and Meditation: VR can be a place to unwind or just figure some stuff out. Studies are showing VR can be helpful as a painkiller rather taking pills all the time.
  • Real Estate and Shopping: When purchasing your next home or car, you can shop from your house. No more driving to the store or making appointments to view a house.
  • Social and Telepresence: VR does not have to be an isolated experience. We will be able to create virtual communities. We will meet people from different parts of the world and different cultures. VR has the possibility to enhance our relationships with each other if done in the proper form and context.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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                                        “Galaxies far, far away!”

I hope this blog has been helpful. If you have any thoughts or comments please reply at the bottom or feel free to contact me at johnny@gamingwithgrandpa.com.

 

I leave you with a quote from Captain Picard as he looks from the deck of the USS Enterprise, “Engage”. I wonder who we will be doing battle with today, the Klingons or the Borg. 

 

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                  “I love you, Cindy”

Have fun my fellow gamers. Here is another interesting link about the positive aspects of gaming. https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/educational-benefits-of-video-games   

“Let’s Game”

Grandpa, johnny, the Grey Wolf.

“Watcher of the Woods” 

I could not do this without the support and love of my dear wife, Cindy. She is the love of my life. 

30 thoughts on “Virtual Reality, the Future in Gaming!

  1. I’ve been a gamer since I was a child and I remember seeing the first adverts for the Oculus Rift, being really excited to see what VR can bring. To this day I still really want to try out VR but I can’t afford the cost.

    The only cheap option I saw you mention was the Samsung option, but I don’t have a Samsung phone.

    Is there any other VR choice that doesn’t cost a small fortune?

    • Hi Robert,

      I don’t have a Samsung phone either. I still use an outdated flip phone. I guess I’m just an old outdated dinosaur myself.  

      I would suggest getting on the internet and google “VR headsets” or “VR systems”. I think by doing some research, you probably will find some very affordable options. 

      I just googled this myself as I am writing this reply. A lot of the VR headsets or systems do require smarts phones or computers/consoles. This does increase the overall cost. 

      Buying refurbished units is another way to save money on VR systems or gaming consoles. They are used but still work very well. GameStop stores or the GameStop website are excellent places to find rebuilt systems. 

      Holidays are good times to buy anything involved with video games or systems. Stores are always running sales around Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

      Just be patient and do some internet research and I think you may find something in your price range. I wish you good hunting. 

      Thank you for your thoughts, Robert. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  2. Been a huge fan of gaming I think VR is a great innovation in the gaming industry. There has never been a time whereby we gamers have been exposed to so much fun in gaming. I am always interested to know exactly what the next big thing is when it comes to inventions for us gamers.

    The reality of VRs are just amazing. I have not made use of google cardboard and it seems really cheap for a VR. Would have to give it a try.

    • Hi Jay, 

      You are so right. It is a fun time for video gamers. We have so many gaming options today and VR systems just added to that equation. 

      I am looking forward to the “next big thing” in video gaming as well. 

      While doing my research, I was surprised about Google cardboard option. You just never know. 

      Exciting times ahead. VR reality is amazing. 

      Thanks for your comments, Jay.

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  3. Hi Johnny! Thank you very much for giving us options about how to get started with Virtual reality. I had come across some Virtual reality sets, but they were all too expensive for me because all I want is to give it a try. But I’m happy to discover from your post that I can take the Google Cardboard option. And I’ll just do that right now!

    • Hi Henry, 

      I agree with you. A lot of the VR systems are out of my price range as well. I still want to get one eventually. I think I am leaning toward the PlayStation VR system. The price for this system runs between $200 to $300. You also have to have a PlayStation 4 console (which I have) to use the VR option. So that does add to the overall cost. 

      As VR technology improves, I hope the prices will be more affordable in the future. 

      Also, purchasing time could save some money. Buying during sales promotions or holidays is one way of getting better deals. We just have to be patient for those opportunities. 

      Thank you so much, Henry. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  4. virtual reality gaming is the best thing ever now. Since the release of first prototypes of Oculus VR and Samsung Gear VR, the new age of virtual reality has started. 2015 HTC has launched Vive headset, equipped with the hand controllers and tracking technology. And by the end of that year, global revenues of Virtual Reality in the gaming industry reached $4.3 billion

    • Hi oluwakay, 

      Thank you for the additional information about Virtual Reality global revenues.  WOW, $4.3 billion dollars is a lot of money and it’s going to keep growing in my opinion.

      The features of the Vive headset are great examples of how VR technology continues to improve to make the VR experience better and more lifelike. 

      I really appreciate your comments. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  5. I totally also agree that Virtual reality is the future in gaming, as many folks are diving into it as time pass by. Infact most of my guys who play it talks about how real it is as it makes the player feel just exactly how the environment in the game is. If for instance there is a shock, the game player will feel the shock, if there was a cold weather, the game player will feel cold also. Though i personally have phobia for it, but from your review i am beginning to see the reasons why i should give it a try. Thanks so much for this informative post.

    • Hi Dapoach,

      It is still hard to believe how far technology has come. And we”re just talking advancements in the video gaming industry. The new techno age affects every area of lives today, our schools, our hospitals, our businesses, and our families. 

      You mentioned you may have a “phobia” about being in a virtual environment. I think I would too. It would depend on the game. I suffer from motion sickness. I have to be careful of something that makes me feel like I am spinning around. 

      Also, playing a horror based VR game might scare me to death, like “Resident Evil”. 

      I am like you, I still want to play VR games. 

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave your comments. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  6. I have been a gamer, to an extent, an addict since I was young.But I am still to see or heard about this Oculus Rift.  It is very painful about the option of samsung you mentioned in there because I don’t have Samsung phone.But this VR is really a great innovation for the gaming Industry 

    • Hi Kehinde, 

      I’ve played video games for decades. I say that, but I don’t really play a lot. It takes me months to finish a game. I definitely get my money’s worth. I usually play on weekends. I don’t have much time to play throughout the week.

      I don’t have a Samsung phone either. I still use an outdated flip phone. There are other options available. I suggest doing some research on the internet. Just google VR headsets or VR systems. You should find a lot of links concerning this subject matter. Check it out. 

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

      johnny, the Grey Wolf.  

  7. hi, Gaming is much fun than sport in most cases. Thank you for showing us this Virtual Reality and the best price we can have it. Your post showed us video gaming as moved to another level entirely and how it serves as painkiller. I will write you in getting the VR for my personal use. Thanks

    • Hi Adamu2,

      I feel like you do, playing video games can be a stress or pain reliever. I know it is for me. Life can be tough at times. I know playing video games doesn’t fix my problems and that’s not the point. 

      I would rather reduce my stress playing video games than drinking or doing drugs. I know those two are options don’t work. 

      Drop me line and let me know what system you choose and how you like it. I would love to hear about your gaming experience with a VR game. 

      I appreciate your comments. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  8. I think you’re right – virtual reality IS the future in gaming.  I’ve been watching it evolve over the past decade or so.  Having grown up starting with “Zork” on a tiny Apple IIc screen, we’ve already come a long way!  The graphics capabilities even now are pretty amazing, but to immerse yourself in a game with these VR capabilities would be something else altogether.  I was wondering if you have a favorite game you like or would like to try on VR?  I’m not into shoot-em-ups so much, but I do like a good RPG.  Do you have any suggestions?  And also, do you think the price of an Oculus will be going down any time soon?  I wish some of the gaming system manufacturers would come up with a good package deal – or maybe they have?  From one “grandpa” to another, thanks for providing this information without too many acronyms and buzzwords!  It’s hard enough to keep up these days.

    • Hi Don, 

      You are so right, the graphics in some of these games are breathtaking. 

      I was reading an article about the future of VR gaming. The human senses we now use in playing video games are hearing and seeing. Developers are working on games where you will be able to feel things like cold and heat or use your sense of smell, amazing. 

      One of the best RPG games that will have a VR option is “Skyrim”. This is a great game. The world in it is massive. This game would be a lot of fun in the VR world. 

      I hear there is going to be a “Resident Evil” VR game. I’m afraid I would scare myself to death in this game. “Resident Evil” games are scary enough without a VR feature. 

      If I could pick one game I would want to play with the VR system, it would be the new “Ace Combat: Unknown Skies”. Setting in the cockpit of a fighter jet would be a thrill ride for sure. I think there is an option within the game where you can play as VR pilot. 

      What games would you like to play in a VR system? 

      I think prices for all the VR systems will eventually start decreases as technology improves. The same thing happened with computers. It’s just going to take time.  

      I’m not into using acronyms or buzzwords very much unless I have to. If you are like me, I just want to be talked to like a regular person. Using that stuff doesn’t impress me. Sounds like it doesn’t you either Don. 

      Thanks for your comments and thoughts. Good stuff. Stop by anytime. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  9. Hi Johnny,

    I have read your article of Virtual Reality, the Future in Gaming. VR is a great innovation in the gaming industry. i am a huge fan of gaming  I think There never has been a time when gamers had so much fun in gaming. virtual reality gaming is the best thing ever now. I am interested to know what the next best thing in gaming and i want to give it a try. Thank you so much for this informative post.

    • Hi tawhid, 

      I read an article about the future of VR. Let me share 5 points that were mentioned. 

      1. The future of VR could be our next computing platform. VR’s will reach beyond just video gaming. 

      2. It will take a while for VR to gain traction. As with any new technology, it will get better and more available to everyone. 

      3. It offers a new way of seeing our world. We will be able to visit places that use to be out of our possibilities because of cost and distance. 

      4. Virtual reality could eventually impact all of the senses. High-end touch sensors could be the next step in virtual reality that goes beyond our hearing and seeing. 

      5. The market potential for both AR and VR could be huge. The virtual reality market was worth about $1.9 billion in 2016, but that’s expected to climb to $22.4 billion by 2020.

      Amazing times ahead my friend. I am looking forward to it all. 

      Thanks for your comments. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  10. Hi Johnny

    I have been interested in gaming since the nineties but never really got past the coin operated machines in the truck stops. I have followed some of the VR machines available today, but haven’t taken the plunge.

    Now I see by your article you are never to old to have fun. I am going to take another serious look at these units that are offered online.

    I was reading about this gaming house in Vancouver Canada, you would ware the vr headset plus a gaming device in your hands and run inside this circle with waste high bars and in your sock feet so they slid easy.  It looked like a lot of fun but it also looked like a good workout 🙂

    Tech is sure amazing these days.

    Murray

    • Hi Murray, 

      You are so right, we are never too old to have fun. I am 62 years old and I love playing video games. I’m not that good at them, but it doesn’t matter. 

      I looked up VR gaming houses or centers. There is one in Toronto called VRPlayin. It is so cool. You can play for as little as $29/hour. You can schedule events or parties. I bet we will see more of these VR centers in the near future. 

      These VR centers are modern versions of the old “Penny Arcades”. 

      Just by doing some research online, you should be able to find something that fits your wants and needs. 

      Thank you very much for your time and kind words. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  11. Hi johnny,

    Thank you for sharing this great informational article about Virtual Reality games. Virtual reality gaming is the best thing ever now. I am been a huge fan of gaming I think VR is a great innovation in the gaming industry. The new age of virtual reality has started.I am bookmarking your article to share with friends.

    • Hi usman gagi, 

      We have come a long way since the invention of one of the first video games, “Pong”. It is amazing how video games have developed over the years. 

      VR system is not just about gaming. They can be used in so many others, like education, training, and exercising our bodies. 

      It is going to be a fun and interest journey. I am very interested in the video gaming future. “Let’s do it”. 

      Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate it. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  12. Hi i read your whole article. Another new discovery of science is the virtual reality. Virtual reality takes us into a new fantasy world. The virtual reality games are very interesting to us. It gives us wonderful feelings. I am crazy about it.

    I am going to share with my friends and family members.

    • Hi Rjpollob, 

      I am excited about the future of virtual reality games as well. The possibilities are endless. 

      Thanks for your comments and sharing this post with others. Your family and friends are always welcome to check out my website and leave any thoughts or comments. 

      I love hearing from others. 

      I really appreciate your time. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  13. I love the way that you have so clearly outlined the VR options, and also the possibilities which VR opens up.

    I have read a few posts about VR, but yours is the one that has really peaked my interest and made me want to try it out for myself.

    I think that the Playstation option would be the one I would go for too, as the children already have a PlayStation, so that would considerably reduce the cost for me!

    As I don’t use Microsoft, are any of the other options available for any other system? My devices are all Apple.

    Thank you so much for a really interesting post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie, 

      Thank you for your kind words. 

      By doing more research I found articles about Nintendo working on a project called “Nintendo Virtual U”. Microsoft has “Project Scorpio” which will offer 4K gaming, high-end virtual reality, and HDR content. 

      I would just google VR headsets and you should get plenty of links to help in learning all about the VR future and what’s available. 

      I also found “How to videos” on connecting the PlayStation VR system with WII or Xbox One. This was pretty cool.

      I am sure over time, VR systems will be as common as video game consoles. I am looking forward to the new discoveries in the game industry. 

      Thank you so much for your reply. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  14. hey johnny

    Your blog post about VR helped me gain a lot of basic knowledge about VR. Now, I think VR created a whole new platform in the gaming industry. Which will lead the gaming genre to the next new level where we get to experience a story through characters in a way that we feel like its real. Since I am a gamer myself, I think VR gives us a whole new interesting experience. And also i think I will give google cardboard a try soon.

    • Hi, radeetalam, 

      I agree VR is a game changer in the gaming industry. I love the idea we can be part of the game and not just hitting random buttons. 

      I feel exciting times are ahead with the new advancements in gaming technology. 

      Let me know how it goes with the google cardboard.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

  15. Thank you for the overview of all the VR systems and even all the different uses that VR systems can have besides video games like real estate viewing and interactive education that can help take your knowledge to the next level. What other uses can you think of yourself besides what has been suggested or provided by these VR systems so far?

    • Hi Jon, 

      Thanks for stopping by. VR technology is also used in military training, travel adventures, history lessons, and the medical field. As the new technology gets better, VR uses will continue to grow. 

      I hope one day to purchase a VR system. My wife who doesn’t play video games said she would play in the VR world. I am looking forward to that one day. 

      What would be another way you would use a VR system besides as a video game? I would love to hear your thoughts. 

      Thanks, Jon. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

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