Entropia Universe angles to enter the VR market

    
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Is virtual reality just a fad that happens to come around every once in a while? Entropia Universe is banking that it’s here to stay this time, as its studio is laying out plans to support and integrate VR in its virtual worlds.

Entropia Universe AB announced yesterday that it will be fully supporting several virtual reality devices, including Oculus Rift and SteamVR. The company also said that it’ll be helping developers dabbling in VR to figure out ways to successfully monetize these efforts.

Head of Business Development David Simmons says that the days of thinking of VR as a fad are officially over: “Virtual reality is on the threshold of becoming the great entertainment medium of the new millennium.”

[Source: PR Newswire]
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paragonlostinspace CazCore melissamcdon no, that is what you’re saying. you wouldn’t be interested in a fad, you WOULD write off a fad.  you wouldn’t try a fad.  you wouldn’t be “taking your time” with a fad.

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LilyCheng racccoon Its a massive pyramid scheme. The only people making money are the land owners. All the actvities you can do as an ‘average joe’, like hunting, crafting and mining all yield short term wins (like a slot machine) but in the long term you only lose money. All those activities require consumables or repair costs of equipment. The only way to sustain yourself as a newbie is to scam other newbies (reselling etc).

What’s funny is that even the company at the top of the pyramid couldn’t make money off the game. They diversified into franchising their MMO. They offered to create planets for you and even host it on their servers. They realized their best bet was to outsource all the financial risk to some other sucker.

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melissamcdon SwobyJ Yeah. I’m more actually excited about this technology for the 2020s compared to the 2015-2020, personally. But we have to go through this stage and experimentation (on several levels, including game development itself).

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CazCore paragonlostinspace melissamcdon

No, that isn’t what I’m saying. Ask me again in a couple years if I think its a fad or not.

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Saerain LordOfBread also touchscreens were actually introduced in the fargin’ 80s.  took almost 2 decades, but now they are actually dominant in several realms.

not saying that i think VR will ever be dominant (maybe when its as comfortable to wear as sunglasses), but it is going to make a huge impact.  well….it already has.

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paragonlostinspace melissamcdon so in other words…… far from a fad

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melissamcdon paragonlostinspace I will say that I am watching with interest as it develops. :) I’ve not written it off by any means. I do actually plan on giving it a hands on try by the end of the year. I’m just not in such a rush anymore to be at the front of tech wave on things anymore. heh.

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SwobyJ HoloLens seems to be proving that projection onto the retina is superior to peering through lenses at a display screen, but so far its FOV is way too small.   When we get to the 90 degree point we are entering VR territory as far as immersion is concerned and AR and VR starts to blur and opacity of image may be all that separates them.

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Second Life supports the Oculus too, and there are some stunning things there made specifically for it,
http://secondlife.com/destinations/oculus

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paragonlostinspace The problems you describe are real, but they are being solved.  I think VR is here to stay, and AR with HoloLens and Windows 10 has changed the conversation as well.   
*Cardboard has 1 million downloads
*Gear VR commercially available for months
*Morpheus coming for PS4 Q1 2016
*Oculus just announced a Q1 2016 consumer product

I’m a big VR apostle, I have to add this caveat.  ;-)   I find it enthralling and amazing and can’t wait for new visors like the HTC Vive that will let you walk around in the VR space in your own room, each model that comes out seems to have more pixels, faster refresh rates, you have to remember this is the first generation of a new tech that has risen after a decade or more of development… 
but it’s not going away… 
“We’ve only just begunnn…”  (Sweet Karen Carpenter voice)

I was a big skeptic. I was very cynical.  Then I dared to spend $25 on a Cardboard visor to see what all the fuss was about.  I went from skeptic to apostle in about 10 minutes.   It was a quasi-religious tech experience.    Anybody who hasn’t tried it really should… form your own opinions… if you are like me you see past the warts at the amazing potential, already possible…