What’s the Fuzz in Virtual Reality?
HTC Vive has released the first high-end VR headset few years back. 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. The world of VR becomes so vast and wide that various materials can be used to complete the quests from a skillet, keyboard and just literally about everything.
From the very beginning, HTC Vive is well ahead of the Oculus Rift. The launch has met several delays just to get them out of the general public which lasts for a full 12 months but it didn’t made Oculus to concede that room scale VR experiences are what’s dominating the market and instead, opted for stationary or seated experiences. Oculus took the game slowly but surely by integrating room-scale motion controls which enabled players to finally grab items while in the VR world such as a skillet and do a bold move of dropping its price to rival with HTC’s market share.
Every month almost, Steam does a hardware survey in an effort to measure the trends in PC component market. Consistently, the Vive has beaten Rift 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.
Through the availability of VRChat, it literally changes everything by pushing social games running on the same platform to compete and to adapt. RecRoom also made it possible to add player created room module that has made it feasible for players to make mockup of cities, build castles, create their own quests, make weapons from a skillet. Still, RecRoom shines best if it sticks to original formula. They have developed enormous paintball as well as laser tag arenas write entertaining quests where it is almost impossible to win without friends and 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. You have to make use of everything around you to beat the skeletons that keep you as prisoner. Often, this means to pick up a skillet or broom to bash them over the head. You read it right, you need to use a skillet to break free.