Prior to 2016, the gaming market only had the opportunity to offer traditional games to consumers. Traditional games are the typical games gamers have been exposed to, such as Call of Duty, NBA 2K, Battlefield, Madden, etc.
It was a fun ride, but now we are in 2016, and virtual reality has been released. The introduction of virtual reality has caused a splash in the market and seems to be picking up steam going into 2017.
Many gaming consumers are left wondering where they should be spending their money; if it should go towards traditional gaming or if it should go towards their new shiny virtual reality system.
Let’s start off with what each has to offer.
Traditional gaming still has the edge on many facets of gaming. Because there has been more development time with traditional gaming, games look crisper in detail and are longer in length of game. Games are beautiful. Many games can run in native 4K resolution too. Unlike virtual reality games, traditional games are typically all pretty lengthy in either game play, modes, or multiplayer. Quality of product gives the edge to traditional gaming.
Virtual reality gaming is a bit of a lack luster at the moment, due to the selection of games and the length of those games. There are some virtual reality games that do have a lengthy experience, and that gives much needed hope to early adopters of virtual reality. That being said, the immersion the gamer receives from the virtual reality headset is unlike anything before it.
The feeling of being placed in a virtual gaming world, where when you look to your left then look to your right, when all you can see and all you can feel is that virtual world… that’s immersion. Being allowed to interact with your hands by picking up virtual objects within the game… that’s immersion. Immersion is the difference maker in what virtual reality can truly offer the gamer.
Currently, traditional games are selling better than virtual reality games. This could be due to the lack of consumers who have a virtual reality headset. This also could be due to the lack of games currently available for virtual reality. Most of the games, at this point in time, are glorified tech demos that do not last longer than two to four hours in length. However, they are super enjoyable and shine light on what the future could hold in store for virtual reality.
According to VG 24/7, PlayStation Virtual Reality headsets are said to be in the hundreds of thousands at this moment. By the end of 2016, some project that the PSVR will sell about two million units. This is only surprising because of the poor selection of games that are out for the system. However, despite the lack of games, the system itself is much worth the price tag, and I would heavily recommend the product.
In conclusion, I believe that traditional games still hold a lead over the brand new virtual reality games… despite actually enjoying virtual reality games better. Traditional games have more bang for the buck in terms of content, whereas virtual reality games have more bang for the buck in terms of creativity, being innovative, and level of immersion.
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