Polygon put out a brutal piece this week on virtual reality titled The VR revolution has been 5 minutes away for 8 years and ooooooh feel that burn, right? Tech gurus have been promising us that everything is going to virtual reality any day now for literally years. I remember covering this all the way back at Old Massively. And here we are: VR is still more or less a non-entity for core AAA gaming.
In the MMO world, we have but a bare handful of VR titles, none of which really broke into the top tier of the genre and some of which have almost sunk whole MMORPG studios. But MMOs aren’t alone because the tech itself is the core problem, not the games. Polygon argues that VR hardware is still a “trainwreck” for the average user to buy, to set up, to wear, and to afford, and until those basic problems are solved, the market has no chance to grow.
Are we ever going to see the long-promised “virtual reality revolution” – and do you care?