While everyone is patiently (or not!) waiting for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR to hit the market, it would seem that there are a couple of people out there who point out that there are far cheaper alternatives to the 600 dollar rig. In a recent VR related conference, Minecraft was coined the ultimate VR experience by none other than John Carmack, the father of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D.
We all agree that VR is the next best step towards the ultimate gameplay experience. And it should be considering the fact that with the help with a VR headgear the player will be truly immersed in a fantasy world that takes shape before his very eyes.
Oculus Rift is indeed an impressive feat of computer engineering. Both powerful and versatile, once the device hits the market, the core meaning of video gaming will change forever. Imagine what it will be like to play Fallout 4 with a VR headgear. The Wasteland unveiling before your very eyes, foes scaring the living daylights out of you and being able to feel every little aspect of the games, even your weapon’s recoil.
Unfortunately, buying an Oculus Rift might not be the best move. At least for the time being. Apart from the fact that the whole thingamabob comes with a price tag of 600 dollars (give or take), you’ll also need to have a computer powerful enough to handle the intricate rendering process.
But there are alternatives to these devices. At the recent Game Developers Conference, which was held in San Francisco, John Carmack, who is currently the chief technology officer of Oculus Rift said that the technology is not yet ready to be used for gaming.
Furthermore, the father of Doom, Quake and Wolf 3D said that, in his opinion, the best choice when it comes to playing games in VR is Samsung VR. The headset costs around 100 dollars and handles the job just fine.
And to make matters more interesting, Minecraft is up to receive a VR mode. Surprisingly, Mojang did not make an official statement on the game’s VR feature. We just know for a fact that the VR version of the game is going to roll out soon.
So, we have Samsung VR, which is pretty great considering its cheap price tag and Minecraft. Can things get any better? Well, according to Carmack, things are going to get a whole lot better. Even though most companies are way behind in developing a VR mode for their games, Mojang really managed to handle thing quite nice.
VR is all about exploration and immersion, and it seem that a cordless solution is needed in order to give players all the ingredients necessary to become explorers. This is actually where Rift fails to impress the public: although its rendering capabilities are enormous it still requires a lot of cables.
And the last thing a player needs when battling a draugr legion in Skyrim is to get tangled in cables and to fall on the floor.