A New Game and Innovation in Virtual Reality
Few years had passed since the time HTC has introduced the first high-end VR headset, the HTC Vive. Since then, the world has seen rise in cryptocurrency-inflated prices of hardware, Rift, entrance of Microsoft and at the same time, humble beginnings of Virtual Reality e-sports leagues. While the platform as well as medium has to be exploded yet, there’s been a continued investment and steady growth both from educators and entertainers. VR becomes so wide that countless of materials are created inside the VR world which can be used in completing quests be it a keyboard, a skillet and more.
Well from the get-go, Oculus Rift is lagging behind HTC Vive. Not only that their launch has been filled with delays to get them out of the public for almost a full year, Oculus refused to admit the dominance of room scale VR experiences and instead, opted for stationary or seated experiences. Oculus took the game slowly but surely by integrating room-scale motion controls which enabled players to finally grab items while in the VR world such as a skillet and do a bold move of dropping its price to rival with HTC’s market share.
Every month almost, Steam does a hardware survey in an effort to measure the trends in PC component market. The Vive has consistently beaten Rift both in terms of market share and sales.
Prior to VRChat, there was the RecRoom or a social VR experience intended for Oculus, PSVR and Steam to which players can play laser tag, dodgeball and so on while playing on a quest together. The game additionally features cartoony and nostalgic high school motif while players only have limited control of the presented content.
This trend has changed, thanks to VRChat as it has pushed social games on the same platform to adapt and compete. RecRoom has added player created rooms module recently to let players create mockup of cities, build castles, create their own quests, make weapons from a skillet and a lot more. Still, RecRoom shines best if it sticks to original formula. They’ve created massive laser tag and paintball arenas, write entertaining and highly engaging quests to which it is almost impossible to win without your friends that has kept enforcing community behavior than other social platforms.
A new quest was recently referred as Isle of Lost Skulls. In this game, you’re a pirate that’s trapped in a cell and breaking out of it is your first mission. Everything around you can be used to beat skeletons that keep you imprisoned. Often, this means to pick up a skillet or broom to bash them over the head. Yes, you have to use a skillet to escape.