If you're a Sci-Fi fan, tech enthusiast or simply an excitable person — you are most certainly drooling over virtual reality. What was once the fodder of dreams and far-out fiction is now available for the masses. VR is still in its infancy, so it can be a bit difficult to grasp the scope of it, but rest assured it will change everything. Here's what we're most excited about.
First off, if you haven't tried virtual reality yet — stop what you're doing and find a demo of the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift at a store near you. It really is something you have to experience to understand. No matter how many videos you watch, you can't experience the true 3D and scaling you get with a headset. Riding a virtual roller coaster can literally make your stomach drop. Seeing a massive whale swim overhead humbles you in the most awesome way. The computer generated world looks and feels incredibly realistic — which makes way for an incredible array of experiences.
So you've tried the headset and gotten your foot in the door. Now is where the real fun begins. If you're a gamer, VR should be a no-brainer. VR's crazy sense of immersion combined with your favorite virtual worlds is just as amazing as it sounds. Strap on the headset and use a motion controller to fight in your favorite first-person shooter. Face your darkest fears with horror games that will chill you to the bone. With VR, you're no longer detached from the game — you're inside of it.
Even if you're not a gamer, there's still tons of enjoyable content that pushes the boundaries of VR tech. Explore VR movies in full 360º or sit in a virtual theater with a screen that feels as big as the theater. Feeling creative? Painting apps let you paint and sculpt in a 3D environment in real-time. There's something simply magical about seeing your drawings come to life with the flick of your wrist.
Whether an artist, gamer or film junkie — VR has amazing content just for you. The best part? New content is coming out faster than ever. Developers are exploring new, exciting applications while churning out fantastic games, movies and more.
Content will most certainly shape the future of VR. Sharing pictures will seem so archaic when you have the ability to share an entire setting. Today, 360º cameras allow you to capture any event and share it as a VR experience. Capture your wedding day to relive later in life, or share a simple day at home with loved ones abroad. And the technology is only getting better. Headsets and cameras are getting smaller and more immersive which will lead to an explosion of content that anyone can experience. While VR may seem like an awesome niche right now, expect it to become mainstream fast — resulting in more awesome content and new ways to get lost in the virtual world.
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