Over the past few years, virtual reality has grown immensely. This year, it is going to make a greater impact with a large number of virtual reality headsets being developed and released for the consumers. You will be taken to a virtual world and can experience immersive 3D with these headsets. This year in CES, over 40 exhibitors will demonstrate this technology. As per the Consumer Electronics Association, this is a 77 percent rise compared to 2015.
So, what can we expect in 2016 in the field of virtual reality? Let us have a look at some of the new entries:
- New Games Suitable for VR
As new set of VR headsets are going to be released, companies are busy creating new games which can be played using these headsets.
Ubisoft Entertainment is expected to release a game named Eagle Flight in 2016. In this game, you can fly around Paris and enjoy the city from above, from the perspective of an eagle.
Another game called the Job Simulator has been developed by Owlchemy Labs. The game can be played with Sony’s PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and Oculus’s Rift. The game is a futuristic one with robots taking over all our work. The player can feel what it’s like to do jobs like working as a chef or in an office.
The existing Windows 10 version of Minecraft will come to Oculus Rift and also to Samsung’s Gear VR. The game is a building-block game and is very popular.
- Powerful VR Headsets
This year, many new powerful VR headsets are expected to hit the market. In the first quarter of the year, we can expect to see the release of Oculus Rift. In April, HTC Vive is set to release commercially. The headset has been developed by Valve, a video-game company and HTC, the smartphone developer. PlayStation VR, the new headset by Sony is also set to release in the first half of the year.
However, all three headsets require either a computer or a gaming console to work. The price for these headsets hasn’t been determined yet. The computers which will be compatible with Rift, their price range starts from $949. HTC hasn’t made any price announcements yet regarding the PCs which will be compatible with Vive.
The Consumer Electronics Association predicts that in 2016, 1.2 million sales of VR headsets will happen.
- Outside the Living Room
Void, a virtual reality entertainment center which will open later this year, will take this technology outside the living room. This center is in Pleasant Grove, Utah and visitors to this place will get a headset and other tools to experience virtual reality. There will be a large stage filled with physical maze of walls and effects like sprays of water and heat. You can see the images and feel the effects wearing the headset.
The Void can be experienced already in Lindon, Utah. You have to pay $10 for each headset and get to experience virtual reality for 6 to 7 minutes. Once the main attraction is opened in August or September, visitors have to pay $34 for a similar experience with 20 minutes duration.
In 2016, other traditional theme parks might even add virtual-reality technology.
- Improved Cameras
A few companies are developing cameras which can help filmmakers make live-action content. This year, Nokia has plans to start selling its video camera, Ozo in the first quarter and which will cost $60,000. Lytro is also expected to bring a spherical camera which will be of the size of a beach ball. It is named Immerge and will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company plans to release it at the same time frame as Ozo.
These are some of the things related to virtual reality that you can expect in 2016.
What’s your take?
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