PlayStations are no longer things that sit underneath your TV. Now they get strapped to your face. Sony has released the PlayStation VR, a special headset that represents its first foray into virtual reality gaming. And it might represent many other people's first try with it, too, since it is much cheaper than competing headsets and doesn't require a huge computer system. The PS VR plugs into existing PlayStation 4 consoles with a series of wires.
For anyone who has yet to experience Virtual Reality, I implore you, seek out a VR experience of some description. Whether Goggle Cardboard or Oculus Rift, it will likely be mind blowing. Why else would everyone who's anyone be talking about it being the future? When it comes to quality VR becoming an actual living room reality, though, there are many questions. Will there ever be a reason to?
USA TODAY's Brett Molina gives his insights into the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo that opened today in Los Angeles. Qiwen Cui tries out the'Farpoint' VR game during the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. LOS ANGELES -- The virtual reality experiences on display during the Electronic Entertainment Expo are only the beginning. During this week's showcase of the video game industry's future, publishers revealed the first big wave of games leveraging the VR platform, immersive experiences that promise to let users fly a Star Wars X-Wing fighter or put on Batman's mask. But has VR gaming found its "killer app" that will make players keep those bulky headsets strapped on?
The virtual reality (VR) market has made significant strides throughout 2016. New VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive debuted amid great consumer anticipation, while VR content launches kept pace, with Batman: Arkham VR and Chair In A Room garnering encouraging download totals. At the same time, industry groups and conferences brought developers, investors, and content producers together, helping to further ramp up buzz in this nascent space. For the past seven years, IGNITION, Business Insider's flagship conference, has collected the best minds in media and technology to share what they see as the future. Through unscripted interviews, cutting-edge demos, and insights from industry pioneers, attendees learn what key trends to be aware of and what they need to do to stay ahead.
Your chance to don Batman's suit in the comfort of your own home is coming very soon. That is, if you have the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset hooked up to a PC. Batman Arkham VR, previously available on PlayStation VR since October 2016, will be available for PC players on April 25th, and pre-ordering via the game's official website is "coming soon." As a recap, the game we're talking about here is the Rocksteady Studios version that gives you a first-person view of what it's like to be Gotham's caped crusader, not the Telltale edition. You'll scour your surroundings for clues to solve crimes and fight villains using each system's hand-held controller.