I can’t stress myself enough about the importance of virtual reality in gaming and other media. Τwo of the three high-end headsets have only just launched, but three years of waiting their release could make anyone lose interest. That’s why SteamVR’s official site is here to remind us of the true power of virtual reality gaming.
One of the first concerns of VR headsets is isolation from the outside world. Will the already introvert gamers seclude themselves inside virtual worlds? Will your friends be able to take part in your adventures, even if they can’t afford the current prices to own a headset? HTC & Valve believe they will.
The following video is a promotional stunt currently on Steam VR’s official page. Showcasing a bunch of people sitting in a green room (and later in a normal living room), interacting with a VR user immersed in the Vive seems like a good excuse to showcase some of their more interesting titles. Excitement is overflowing, and soon, every last one of the attendants take their turns with the headset.
Even though the reactions seem a bit forced, and you can’t shake out the feeling that the whole scene was directed, the video seems to pull off its weight. I found myself smiling with the people in the video, getting excited about the capabilities of a virtual reality room-scale experience, and then picturing myself being in their shoes.
HTC & Valve seem perfectly aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their headset. HTC Vive is entertainment intended for everyone, and by showing a great array of games in action, while also enhanced by the green screen effect, you kinda want to get your hands into one and sink in your teeth.
The list of games featured in the video are:
- The Lab
- Job Simulator
- Cloudlands: VR Minigolf
- Fantastic Contraption
- Irrational Exuberance
- Final Approach
- Space Pirate Trainer
- Everest VR
- Arizona Sunshine
- Elite Dangerous
- Budget Cuts
- Hover Junkers
- Tilt Brush
- The Gallery – Episode 1
You can find out more by watching the video itself, or scrolling down on the official page of Steam VR. Either way, HTC Vive is priced at $799 (not including the PC you’ll need to run it and shipping fees), and while it may be the expensive choice, you sure get a great deal of content and a fun way to interact with it.
What’s your opinion about the HTC Vive? Did you find the footage interesting? Let us know in the comment section below.