Updated: Feb 29, 2020
Virtual Reality as a concept is not too unfamiliar to us. It’s been in the public eye for quite some time. For most it’s a cool vanguard of what the future could hold, and for others it’s just a niche thing that could never replace traditional screens. If you are like the many people who are still on the fence and wondering if it is worth it, I’m telling you: the future is now, old man!
What the heck do I know about VR anyway? Glad you asked hypothetical reader! For sure I’m no expert in VR, but what I am is some average Joe who has had an above average exposure to the subject. I had the amazing opportunity to do research with the US Army (which is a story for another time) and while there I was able to see some of the progress we’ve made in VR simulations. Trust me... it’d blow your mind. But wait; there’s more! I also have the privilege of being married to the most incredible person on earth, and luckily for me she enjoys playing VR enough for us to get one.
Yes, that’s right! Your boy rocks a PlayStation VR and let me tell you, it’s an absolute blast. From cooking up a storm for robotic diner patrons, to slashing boxes to the beat of our own drum, to saving robo-boys from... well, whatever it is in Robots Rescue (idk that game gave me mild motion sickness y’all), there is something for everyone. That’s not to put down things like the Oculus or Vive, I’ve had the chance to try both. For me though, being able to hook up my PSVR to my TV on a whim is really quite something. Sony also offers a wide variety of games that pair nicely with dinner parties. On many occasions we bust this bad boy out for anyone and everyone present. It’s such a full on experience that we’ve had to warn people not to lean on the virtual counters.
It’s more affordable than ever, which is nice for those who are fiscally responsible (don’t worry Zayne, your T-Bell budget is safe from harm). Clocking anywhere from around $150 for the Oculus Go to $3,500 for the Vive Pro, there’s a range of products for whatever suits your needs. As far as game selections go, you’re hard pressed to find a game over $30 which in comparison to the standard $60 most games release at, is a nice change of pace. If I can be real with you for a moment; not every game is a hit and not all of them look as clean and polished as you’d come to expect. For me though, that’s more in the pros column than the cons. VR is the wild west of gaming right now, and developers both indie and AAA aren’t afraid to throw the proverbial spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. The joy isn’t always about playing a perfect game, but rather to have a novel and unique experience, and VR has that in droves! I mean, where else can I wield light sabers to the sounds of “High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco!?
Jarret Curtis is a video game enthusiast and The Infinity Bros foremost expert on all things VR