Theme Park Attractions In Your Living Room!
By: Ricardo Suarez
For years people have been amazed by the idea of living inside of a video game. Although we are not exactly living in a video game, virtual reality is here, real, and very exciting. Of the three big hitters in the industry, PlayStation VR is easily the most popular choice due to its accessibility, and brand attachment. But what type of experiences can we expect from the guys who brought us The Last of Us, Killzone, and God of War?
Sony’s investors conference has just passed and this was the question many have been wanting answered. “President and Group CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment” Andrew House, had this to say on the subject:
“I tend to liken the VR experience more to something like a theme park ride, in that it’s short, but it’s very intense and it’s very enjoyable. The big positive I do see for VR is that unlike conventional game experiences – which tend to be similar to blockbusters in terms of production values and complex game mechanics- they can offer simple mechanics and experiences that are still very, very enjoyable because they can give users something they’ve never done before. That, I think, is where its true potential lies.”
This should not come as much of a surprise. Most demos showcased on the headset have been short and simple.
Although Resident Evil 7 has been confirmed fully playable in VR, don’t expect the next “Uncharted” running on the headset. It seems virtual reality is more tailored for short experiences rather than full-fledged games. However, as time passes and developers learn how to work with the new technology, then we may possibly get bigger, greater games. But don’t expect this for many years to come.