With Facebook investing heavily in virtual reality, this technology was suddenly mainstream news. But does the MakeUseOf readership feel that VR is going to truly become mainstream in the future? Read on to find out.
There Is No Spoon
We asked you, Is Virtual Reality Going To Change The World? The question was prompted by a big week of news for virtual reality. Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, but the Japanese company was subsequently blown out of the water by Facebook acquiring Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, for $2 billion.
With two giant corporations both committed to investing time and money into developing VR hardware for the masses, the assumption has to be that virtual reality is destined to change the world.
The number of you who contributed to the debate was disappointingly low, but each and every one of those who did take time out to comment offered something of interest. And the overall sentiment is that virtual reality is going to be huge; if not tomorrow then one day soon.
The justifications for this prediction include:-
Its real-world potential for people such as “architects, surgeons, pilots, fighter pilots, and astronauts.”
Its “unlimited potential for putting people in otherwise unimaginable places.”
The potential it has for changing the porn industry, using the argument that “modern media distribution both hard copy and digital all were excelled or created by porn.”
There was one dissenting voice who feels that augmented reality stands a greater chance of changing the world than virtual reality. This is certainly the case in the short-term, but, looking further into the future, VR could be the more significant game changer.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Tom W, KT, and Hildy J. Comment Of The Week goes to Dragonmouth, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
Virtual reality has existed much longer than since the advent of simulators. VR has existed since the first story was told around the campfire. Books, movies, radio, records, TV, simulators, and now headsets all have been advances in the way VR is delivered.
Will VR change the world? Have previous forms of VR such as books, movies, radio, TV, etc. changed the world? Definitely! What is only a virtual reality today, will be the actual reality tomorrow.
We chose this comment because it’s a startlingly simple point that may change the way naysayers and non-believers think about VR. It suggests that, at its core, virtual reality is just another medium for telling stories. In which case it’s not so much a matter of if it will change the world as how it will change the world.
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