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Is 2016 the Year of VR?
Friday, June 24, 2016
I have been interested in Virtual Reality since I was a little kid. The concept of being able to be somewhere I can't actually go, or experience something that may not even exist in the real world, always sounded incredible. When I was young, all I wanted in the world was to be able to drive. I dreamed about having VR to allow me to experience this one thing that was out of my reach. Now I'm not sure what virtual reality would interest me most.What Microsoft previewed with the HoloLens, which offers more of an Augmented Reality experience, seems to offer the most practical and feasible application for VR yet. It's probably the first time I've been excited about Virtual Reality since middle school. But I feel like the promise of a good VR experience is still "coming soon", and it will always be coming soon... never quite here. I do think we're close, but I don't think the price point or the appealing content is here yet, so I'm not really convinced 2016 is going to be the "Year of VR".One thing that I've noticed that causes me pause is the lack of enthusiasm I've seen from "kids" (middle school and high school age). When I was a kid, most people I knew around my age would discuss VR, particularly when talking about video games. We'd talk about how much we couldn't wait for it to arrive and what it would be like. "The future! It's going to be amazing!" I just don't see those conversations taking place. If there's no real enthusiasm for it in that age bracket, I have to wonder how far it will go into the mainstream.