What’s the Fuzz in Virtual Reality?
HTC Vive has released the first high-end VR headset few years back. After that, there has come an upsurge in Rift, entrance of Microsoft, cryptocurrency-inflated prices of hardware and also, the inception of Virtual Reality eSports league. While the medium and platform has not yet exploded, there has been a continued investment and steady growth from both the educators and entertainers. 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 get-go, Oculus Rift lags behind HTC Vive. Not only that their launch has been filled with delays to get them out of the public for almost a full year, Oculus refused to admit the dominance of room scale VR experiences and instead, opted for stationary or seated experiences. Slowly but surely, Oculus integrated room-scale, motion controls grabbing items while the player is in the VR world similar to a skillet and last but not the least, major price drop in an effort to compete with the major market share of HTC in the VR world.
As a way to gauge the current trend in PC component market, Steam launch a hardware survey almost every month. Consistently, the Vive has beaten Rift in terms of market share and sales.
Prior to VRChat, there was the RecRoom or a social VR experience intended for Oculus, PSVR and Steam to which players can play laser tag, dodgeball and so on while playing on a quest together. The game additionally features cartoony and nostalgic high school motif while players only have limited control of the presented content.
The trend has changed all thanks to VRChat as this pushed social game of same platform to adapt and to compete. 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 works best if it would stick to its original formula. It has developed huge paintball and laser tag arenas, write entertaining quests where it’s nearly impossible to win without friends and kept enforcing community behavior instead of 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 need to use everything around you in order to beat the skeletons that are keeping you as prisoner. This often means picking up a skillet or broom to strike them over the head. You read it right, you need to use a skillet to break free.
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