The Trend in Virtual Reality
Few years had passed since the time HTC has introduced the first high-end VR headset, the HTC Vive. From that time onwards, we have seen the rise in cryptocurrency-inflated prices of hardware, Rift, entrance of Microsoft as well as humble beginnings of Virtual Reality e-sports leagues. While the medium and platform has not yet exploded, there has been a continued investment and steady growth from both the 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.
From the very beginning, HTC Vive is well ahead of the Oculus Rift. Not just that their launch filled with delays in getting them out of the public for a full year late, Oculus has refused to acknowledge supremacy of room scale VR experiences opting rather for a stationary or seated experiences. Gradually, Oculus has integrated room-scale, motion controls grabbing items while in the VR world like a skillet and lastly, major price drop to compete with HTC’s market share in the VR world.
Every month, Steam is conducting hardware survey to be able to measure the current trends in PC component market. The Vive has consistently beaten Rift both in terms of market share and sales.
Before VRChat, there was RecRoom or simply a social VR experience that is meant for Oculus, PSVR and Steam wherein players can play laser tag, dodgeball and the likes while finishing 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 added player created rooms module just recently to allow players to create mockup of cities, build castles, create their own quests, make weapons from a skillet to something more elaborate and so on. If RecRoom would stay true to its formula, it’ll be considered the best. 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.
There is actually a new quest that was introduced and this is the Isle of Lost Skulls. Here, you are a pirate that is trapped inside a cell and your first mission is to find out how you can break out of your cell. 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.