What is Virtual Reality?
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality - also called VR - is a technology where you put glasses on your head and you imagine yourself in a different world. The glasses register every movement of your head, making it seem like you are really in a different world. You put on glasses and look around you 360 degrees and experience everything in 3D. This has many applications for gaming, experience and design.
Gaming in Virtual Reality
For a gamer, the step to VR is probably the easiest. A VR glasses for gaming is always accompanied by a powerful PC or console, something that you probably already have as a gamer. Gaming in VR, however, is a different experience than playing regular games. Gaming is possible with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR.
Experience in Virtual Reality
Not only gaming is possible with VR. There is also a growing range of applications available. With VR you stand in the middle of an event, which gives you the feeling that you are part of the story that is being told. The environment also contributes a lot, because it is 360 degrees around you. Consider, for example, climbing a mountain in VR.
360 degree videos
You will also find short films that were made especially for VR. For example, a documentary in which you visit a reef in Indonesia with divers, or an animated film in which the characters interact with you. Whether you are a spectator or a participant in the video, you are in the middle of the experience. This makes you feel more quickly connected with the people from a story. Especially when they make eye contact with you.
Interactive mountain climbing
In Everest VR, you and a travel group take on the challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Everest. You move yourself past glaciers and walk along narrow rope bridges to move yourself. Because VR shows a 3D image, you have a very realistic picture of an abyss when you look down. The only thing missing is the feeling of -21 degrees, an icy wind of 150 km / h and snow. Or maybe not.
Design in Virtual Reality
As a creative or designer, VR opens up a new world for you. Whether you like to draw or paint, or rather to build. With VR glasses you have the possibility to view everything in 3D and walk around it. You also have the ability to quickly make adjustments and correct errors because everything is virtual.
Of course it is nice to go yourself with VR in a completely different world. But there are also people who have to build these kinds of worlds. As a game developer you will soon walk through your own game world, and place your objects a little to the right by simply using a motion controller. An architect has the possibility to virtually build a home yet to be delivered, so that potential buyers can already walk around in the house.
With Google's Tilt Brush you make drawings in VR. You have the choice of different types of brushes and effects, and you let drawing move along to music of your choice. Because it is 3D, you walk through your own creation and view it from all sides. So you just add that subtle effect to the back.
The future of Virtual Reality
High-quality Virtual Reality took its first steps in 2016. In the future, more manufacturers will produce VR glasses of higher quality, which will automatically become cheaper as well. Where VR games are often still struggling with the abandonment of traditional game mechanisms and experimenting 360 degrees with new formats, it will become increasingly clear to producers what does and does not work for VR production.