Virtual Reality- Today!



By: Andy Zheng and Dylan Kha June 18

Virtual Reality. 10 years ago, the true question was “can we create machinery that can truly immerse us in a world filled anything we can think of”. 10 years later, it seems as if we have greatly increased our understanding of the idea of virtual reality. Today we have devices such as the Oculus Rift, HTC, Sony Playstation VR, Samsung Gear VR, and the list continues. These devices enable us to visualize an alternate reality that we can escape to easily, and efficiently. Clearly, virtual reality has created an immense impact on the gaming universe.

Current Popular Virtual Reality Devices:

HTC Vive: Released April 5th, 2016, is as new Virtual Reality system that also partners with Steam. The vive uses 2 right and left controllers used as handles to simulate in-game movements. The use of these controllers is apparent in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. It simulates the events of the popular television show Rick and Morty, as the player is put in the shoes of a Morty clone doing tasks for Rick. Having a first person perspective creates a different overall outlook on the events of Rick and Morty.

Oculus Rift: Released March 28th, 2016, but introduced as a prototype in 2014. Is commonly associated with gaming. Used in conjunction with the popular online gaming platform Steam. Keep talking and nobody explodes is a popular VR puzzle game that has you on the edge of your seat trying to defuse a bomb, along with mind-boggling conundrums and paradoxes.

Google Cardboard: A simple yet dashing VR system is what you would describe the Google Cardboard. Upon its release on June 25th, 2014 it has around 10 million shipped. Having an easy design and material made it a core choice for those who want to just try VR. The Google Cardboard has a base of cardboard which holds your multimedia device as well as a lens which captures the screen of your phone into your perspective. This is truly a start to the VR world, giving the basis of future VR systems.

Sony Playstation VR: Similar to the HTC Vive, released October 13th, 2016 this virtual reality system also uses 2 controllers, for the right and left hands. This system is meant for commercial use rather than for hardcore computer players. The Sony Playstation VR uses the already existing PlayStation Move motion controllers in the system.