Earlier this week we asked you, “What sort of VR product did you expect to see by this point, but haven’t? And what developments in VR have surprised you? What are the major avenues available to this tech that haven’t been explored yet?”
John in Connecticut replies, “I expected 3D TV to go someplace, and become sort of a precursor to VR, and it went nowhere. I honestly expect VR to do the same thing. Here’s why:
1) it’s sort of gimmicky, just like 3D TV, and requires some serious investment to enjoy. 3D TV showed us the allure of enhancing the experience in that way wasn’t appealing enough, and there wasn’t enough must-see content, to make the cost worth it.
2) VR makes some people sick to their stomach (myself included) and goes against the natural way we view the world (being able to look in any direction without moving our heads) I don’t think that’s something mainstream users can get over, even if the technology gets much better.
3) If P-Go taught us anything, it’s making engaging experiences with equipment we already own and carry everywhere (phones) is the way to go. To enjoy AR, you don’t need a new pair of glasses or headset or anything. Just your phone.
For all this new tech, the bar of entry needs to be really low, or the rewards extremely high, to make something take off. P-Go’s bar of entry is very low, and it’s fun - so win. VR’s bar is high, requiring expensive equipment for a worthwhile experience (Vive, Oculus) and even then - the reward just isn’t there - so lose.”
Shaun writes, “I fully expected us to have VR enabled contact lenses by this point. With Google first out the gates with Glass, I expected an influx of innovation with multiple products being rolled out that enabled users to perform basic functionality such as simple Google searches, Maps, object identification and basic communication services (text messages / Whatsapp). Although it begs the question on how these different applications are managed by the user - it's clear now that the solution has to be voice enabled (it can't read your mind... Yet), which is where progress is only slowly picking up with the advances being made on the Alexa / Siri / Assistant front.”
And from Nina: “Maybe it already exists and I don't know about, but I'd like to experience where I'm going to sit when I buy tickets for a concert or sporting event.”