When it comes to the wondrousness of virtual reality tech, it appears it’s difficult to convey just how much of a game changer it could be. I’m unfortunately one of the many legions who has yet to get some proper hands-on time with the Oculus Rift, but I’ve heard countless tales of how it all just clicks into place once you strap it onto your face like some sort of AI facehugger.
It’s safe to say that id Software founder and Doom maestro John Carmack knows a thing or two about technology and gaming, and when he joined the Oculus VR team it said plenty about his belief in the product. Fast forward to today, and Carmack has been evangelising the benefits of the Oculus Rift, claiming that using the device for the first time is akin to “getting religion.”
"When you experience Oculus technology, it’s like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer,” said Carmack in a recent interview. "Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking.”
Of course VR isn’t the be-all and end-all of gaming, and its use is best going to be restricted to certain key genres. Carmack cites space sims and driving games as the key benefactors, while he believes that first-person shooters really aren’t going to benefit from the much at all. The key to this is that seated cockpit games restrict the players movement and in turn boost immersion with the headset, while actual player movement can quickly jolt you out of the experience.
Have any of you GD’ers been lucky enough to give the Oculus Rift a go yet? Do you think the end product will justify the years of hype, or is VR doomed to failure?