Technology has, and continues to reshape the world we live in. Nowadays, most of the people can’t even imagine their lives without the technology and its innovations. It’s safe to say that modern tech always finds its way to become an essential part of our everyday lives. A good example is virtual reality (VR). VR has been a concept in development even before the 1960s, but only recently has it gained significant momentum and improvements.

VR is present in most industries, but its primary focus is on the gaming industry. Many people play computer games in order to enjoy themselves or simply escape their reality for the time being. What’s more, some even make a living out of playing games. Needless to say, the gaming industry has become one of the most powerful industries in the world. However, with the introduction of VR technology, the experience people gain by playing games is about to change drastically. Here are a few ways VR is changing the gaming experience.

What is VR?

Virtual Reality or simply VR is a computer-generated environment that represents an interactive simulation. VR can resemble the real world, or it can be world-generated based on someone’s imagination. In short, VR creates an experience that’s otherwise impossible in the real world. Not only that, but VR implements visual, auditory and haptic sensory feedback, among others, to give users an experience as if they’re actually present in the virtual world.

When this environment is introduced to the gaming world, it produces a whole new experience for gamers. However, VR shouldn’t be confused with augmented reality (AR). Although these technologies do in fact share some elements. VR generates digital content that the user can see and feel, while AR combines the elements of both the digital and real world to alter the user’s perception of things.

More engagement

Up until now, gamers could enjoy various games by playing on their computer or console. The main interaction is between you and what you see on the screen. However, VR forces gamers to become more involved in the game itself and thus even more engaged. By using a VR headset, a player is actually present in the game. Their body movements are directly mimicked by the character they play in the game.

Therefore, it’s no longer a combination of clicks and buttons that gets characters to do something, but the player’s actual movements in real life. In other words, a player must use their hands and legs to interact with the game and proceed forward. This creates a whole different experience for gamers than they’ve experienced so far. Playing a game for the story, visuals or competitiveness is satisfactory on its own, but being a part of the game is a different story altogether.

A new level of excitement

As mentioned before, VR technology helps gamers feel like they’re actually present in the virtual world. Aside from visual and auditory feedback, players can experience other stimuli, such as feeling moderate pain, when you get shot or stabbed in the game, as well as feel that you’ve touched something or have been touched by something. This is achieved by strategically placed sensors and hardware with a purpose of making the virtual experience more realistic for users.

In addition, those gamers who are thrill seekers can finally find what they are looking for. Horror based games that support VR environment, such as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, for example, will no longer deliver only jump scares and suspense, but actual horrifying and scary situations players can find themselves in. For most people, this is a new level of excitement that will transform the gaming experience as they know it.

A new perspective

So far, the majority of games follow a certain narrative. Players follow through the plotline while having multiple choice options that will affect the game in different ways. The purpose of this feature is to have gamers feel like they have a bigger say in the game. However, in the near future, VR games can completely change the narrative and the perspective of games in general.

Players will be able to make their own decisions and choose their own path on how to progress through the game itself. This will create an experience that’s not imposed by the game or the character gamers will play. Instead, it will create a unique experience based entirely on the players’ decisions and choices.

Technology always influences how various industries will continue to operate. When it comes to gaming, it’s all about the experience a player will have with a game. Combining visual, audio and every other sensory feedback and stimuli brings gamers into a virtual reality that provides a whole new level of excitement and experience.

Posted by Elaine Bennett