The Daily Grind: How might VR reshape the MMOscape?

    
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Oculus Connect 2, a VR conference hosted by the folks behind Oculus, is set for just a few weeks from now. You probably didn’t know that, and that’s because we don’t cover the VR scene heavily, and that’s because VR appears to go over like a ton of bricks with MMO die-hards unless we’re talking about the Zenimax/Oculus lawsuit (save some popcorn for me, guys).

But a few of you can’t stop dreaming about what a future of VR-enhanced MMOs might look like. Massively OP Kickstarter donor Revek is one such dreamer; for today’s Daily Grind, he asks, “How do you think virtual reality like Oculus is going to change MMOs?”

I don’t think VR is having much influence on older games, but there’s no question that nascent MMOs are planning for it the same way a lot of MMOs that came out in the last few years planned for browser or console in addition to PC. Wander, Second Life, Elite: Dangerous, EVE Valkyrie, and even Crowfall all have plans for integrating VR seamlessly. Whether that entices MMO audiences accustomed to point-and-click rather than ultra-realistic immersion is another story.

What do you think? How might VR reshape the MMOscape?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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CazCore
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CazCore

DahkohtLewin Rzar if you can afford 3 expensive monitors, surely you can afford more than one AC unit, and have at least one of them be good quality.

CazCore
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CazCore

DahkohtLewin Rzar most people have no problem keeping their house an icy 70 degrees if they want.  you seem to be forgetting THAT fact.  :)

dorn2
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EO_Lonegun dorn2 
I missed this in my inbox.  The cost of the hardware is unimportant.  As I said people will buy the goggles in droves for porn, movies, 3d pictures, etc, etc.  Gaming is just going to be along for the ride.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

dorn2 Sorry, I am easily distracted when I am responding to posts at work. But VR won’t make an impact because the barrier to entry is the cost of the hardware.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

I’m just going to say it, but after playing some ESO with my Rift, I think it’s absolutely amazing. Like, I really really hope they do some Rift support for it full time when it comes out, an I know there’s a couple at the Zenimax team that have a few to play with. The game really works well with the Rift. 

Like, oh man. So good. I cannot reiterate how well ESO works with the Rift. Even though it’s a bit of a pain to set up and play without a controller.

shadowblender
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shadowblender

I would like mmos designed for VR, not mmos ”made to work” with VR as option. That would be great.

Rzar
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Rzar

melissaheather DahkohtLewin Rzar Well said!  I wouldn’t want to wear a VR setup for hours on end every night, but I am excited that it will be a choice.  It will also depend on the games developed for the medium.  I have played some Rift demos that VR didn’t add anything to the experience.

Rzar
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Rzar

DahkohtLewin Rzar

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

KingoZZie It will be. 3D Vision was a cure for my gaming apathy. Playing games in full 3D felt so immersive and cool that even games I previously disliked felt awesome. Being inside the scene makes huge difference. And VR is even more immersive then 3D Vision.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

KingoZZie you can peek into the crystal ball and feel a bit of awe right now.  give cardboard a try… gamble 20 bucks and i think you’ll be impressed with what the new technology is like.