The Trend in Virtual Reality
Several years had passed since HTC Vive released the very first high-end VR headset. Since then, the world has seen rise in cryptocurrency-inflated prices of hardware, Rift, entrance of Microsoft and at the same time, humble beginnings of Virtual Reality e-sports leagues. And while it is true that the platform and the medium for this device hasn’t boomed yet, it doesn’t stop educators and entertainers to have continued investment and steady growth. VR becomes so wide that countless of materials are created inside the VR world which can be used in completing quests be it a keyboard, a skillet and more.
From the get-go, Oculus Rift lags behind HTC Vive. Not only that their launch has been filled with delays to get them out of the public for almost a full year, Oculus refused to admit the dominance of room scale VR experiences and instead, opted for stationary or seated experiences. Gradually, Oculus has integrated room-scale, motion controls grabbing items while in the VR world like a skillet and lastly, major price drop to compete with HTC’s market share in the VR world.
Every month, Steam is conducting hardware survey to be able to measure the current trends in PC component market. The Vive has consistently beaten Rift both in terms of market share and sales.
Before VRChat, there was RecRoom or simply a social VR experience that is meant for Oculus, PSVR and Steam wherein players can play laser tag, dodgeball and the likes while finishing a quest together. The game has this cartoony and nostalgic high school motif and as for the players, they have narrow controls of the content available.
This trend has changed, thanks to VRChat as it has pushed social games on the same platform to adapt and compete. RecRoom has added player created rooms module recently to let players create mockup of cities, build castles, create their own quests, make weapons from a skillet and a lot more. Still, RecRoom shines best if it sticks to original formula. They’ve created massive laser tag and paintball arenas, write entertaining and highly engaging quests to which it is almost impossible to win without your friends that has kept enforcing community behavior than other social platforms.
A new quest was released recently called Isle of Lost Skulls. Here, you are a pirate that is trapped inside a cell and your first mission is to find out how you can break out of your cell. Everything around you can be used to beat skeletons that keep you imprisoned. Oftentimes, this means that you have to get a skillet or broom to hit skeletons on the head. Yes, a skillet used to get out of your way.