Virtual reality is the real next-gen 
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Geoffrey Tim
March 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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With Sony’s PlayStation 4 first out of the announcement gates, it’s safe to say that the next generation is coming soon; but according to Oculus Rift CEO and founder Palmer Luckey, that’s not the next-gen you want, nor is it really next-gen. Luckey believes that the Oculus rift is the real next-gen.


“We do think that this is the next generation of gaming,” Luckey told VG247.

“Right from the very beginning of 3D games one of the goals has been to make a virtual reality, to make you feel like you’re actually present in the world. That’s really what first-person games are meant to do. I think that virtual reality – it’s very clear that people want this. They see it and they say ‘This is something I want; I want to be in these worlds’.

“There’re other potential paths to next generation gaming, like people say ‘Mobile is the next generation,’ or touch or social – but you don’t see people saying ‘Wow, all my life I’ve always wanted to play a social mobile casual streaming game with microtransactions.’ But what they do say is, ‘I want to play a game in virtual reality’. And that’s why I think this is getting so much traction, and why it will really be a next generation gaming device.”

He doesn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about the PlayStation 4; largely because it doesn’t feature VR, and he’s unabashedly biased.

“Maybe it’s the right path for them. I wouldn’t have gone down that path because I’m a VR enthusiast, I wanna make virtual reality happen,” he said.

“So in terms of have Sony gone down the wrong path in terms of my point of view as a VR enthusiast? Yeah, sure, but that’s because I’m a nut that loves VR so anything that’s not VR is going to be a mistake for me.”

Virtual Reality has come and gone as a gimmick so many times in the last few decades; is the technology finally at a place where it becomes feasible?

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    ………………..better story telling, better gameplay, better music, better emotion …. that’s the future………tired of the industry focusing on all these dumb peripherals and branding it the ‘EVOLUTION’ of gaming……where’s Milo now you dumb sons of Tonberries!!!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Amen young Chocobo-lover. You sir… speak the truth!

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.holliday.39 Matthew Holliday

      +1
      no more gaming gimmicks

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Agreed. Oh so very much agreed

    • Deon Steyn

      A new way to play!

      • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.holliday.39 Matthew Holliday

        bikini sold separately?

  • OVG

    Every 10 flipping years VR pops its ugly head right after 3D pisses off underground before feeding again a decade from now.

    RAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!! NOW MAKE BIOSHOCK 4 DAMMIT!!!

    • AndriyP

      By VR they mean a lot of Facebook and Twitter in your content

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Hahaha augmented reality with stupid facebook, twitter and advert popups to piss you off.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        XD

      • OVG

        SOCIAL BABY!!!! is the word of the future… with a little MARKETING!!! thrown in :p

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    NO. Lawnmower Man will not be here any time soon. I am only interested in a holodeck where I get to pick the attractive ensigns on board my ship to walk long moon-lit evening with… Mind you, the Virtual Boy was a HUGE success. Never has a single device managed to screw a concept, and my eyes/brains, than that red pile of vile.

    • Andre116

      So what is it now? Virtual ensigns or virtual boys?

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Firstly, you forget your place, and secondly, you recognise this fine young ensign?!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Holodeck you say?
      You just want to have time with Seven of Nine don’t ya!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Mmm, Seven of nice was rather nice, but I raise you T’Pol! Trek mate fine sir ;)

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Didn’t want to mention her, BECOZ SHE IS MIIIIIIIIINE

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            NEVA!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Meh!

    All I care about is STORY… GAMEPLAY… Non-Stagnant Characters and a game that isn’t over in 2 – 4 hours – and in that order. Virtual Reality has always struck me as an unnecessary venture. Immersion doesn’t come through technical wizardry, immersion comes by capturing your imagination.

    Shucks the most “immersive” game I’ve ever played was an old ASCII RPG game called Omega. In that game, your character was a dot. Yes.. a dot.

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      200% agree .. by the way have you seen the game Rain ? got me having them goosey bumps

    • Anon A Mouse

      But my fine Banana there be the problem. Kids these days are getting spoon fed everything. There isn’t much imagination left in this world. It’s only us old time gamers that knew what pleasure there was in seeing a dot move from one point on the left of the screen to another point on the right side of the screen. Or heaven forbid where we actually have to type our commands to progress in the game and still spend hours upon hours on it. (And not just because you type with one finger and misspell almost every word)

      • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

        agreed ….. they will never know what it is like to play hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. If you can’t shoot It’s not a game. I actually overheard someone complain that you can’t shoot in Amnesia ……

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    FTW

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Aww man I had a ninja turtles one like this!!!!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Me too! Along with Thunder Cats, Heman and a whole whack load.

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          Coolest thing ever …. I wana be a kid again!! :(

    • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

      YESS!!!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I’m going to upvote you until my I break the system!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Haha! These things were EPIC!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      That took me back to a simpler time… :D

  • Uberutang

    I have paused all further tech buys to start saving up to get me some o rifts. They will replace all screens in my house one day. TV included.

  • Deon Steyn

    What does he consider to be next gen anyway. The PS3 went from 512 MB ram to 8 Gigs of ram.

    He probably expected 512 Gigs of Ram. Games use to be measured in bits a while back to determine nextgen in values of 8,16,32 and 64 bits.

    Not a gigantic leap but he probably played considered Rad Racer to be the future of gaming back then because you could play it with 3D glasses.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Like this?

    • Deon Steyn

      I think the he means to hammer contact lenses into out skulls!

    • Anon A Mouse

      Ahh the old air filter over the eyes bit, always is winner with the ladies.

  • OVG

    Why cant I use my own eyes?

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      You’re flipping colour blind to shit fool. Why would you want to use your own eyes? :P hahah

    • AndriyP

      Because in your own eyes you see yourself to be a young and beautiful Lara Craft…
      :P
      Trololo
      *Runs away in fear if being murdured

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        FTW! Haha!

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        *murdered

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          ssssss

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Eyes are so last gen dude ……..

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    VR is still way too far away to be feasible. Way too clunky and expensive to include in next-gen.

    It would drive up prices on an already expensive system. Just not worth it

    • Uberutang

      O rift will be around R3000. That is the same price as a good screen, so not expensive.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Fair point. But, I don’t know about you but try imagine gaming with that thing on your face for 2 hours. Sweat in your eyes, running down your face. Not to mention the pain it will cause in your neck from the extra weight. No thank you lol

        • Uberutang

          We have no idea how comfy it will be until we try it :P Soon as it hits the market I am getting one. My game cave is climate controlled, so I am sure sweat will not be an issue.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Lol. Enjoy your sore neck and sweaty hair line and migranes then :P

            #trolol

            In all seriousness though, it’s cool and all but simply doesn’t grip me. Give me a holodeck however and we can talk again :)

          • Uberutang

            baby steps lad. holodeck will come, this is the way to get there.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Baby steps? Screw that! I want holodecks, hoverboards, flying cars and commercial quantum computing now!

          • FoxOneZA

            Dude, it’s only the year 2012!!!

  • HvR

    Tried the Virtual boy in the 90’s (was on display at a Reggie’s if I remember correctly) was retching in less than 5 min. +1 for the holodeck.

    • OVG

      rofl

  • http://twitter.com/ClericZA Kobus Nel
  • ALKi1234

    I said this a while ago…..VR is the next step in gaming evolution.

  • matthurstrsa

    There is so much negativity surrounding this despite all the good press. I understand that pre-release press is often biased and more positive than it should be, but I do get the feeling this is going to be insane. I will join @uberutang:disqus in buying one when it is released. I think its the next step.