Will We Ever Have a Reality Show in Virtual Reality?
In recent years we have all heard a lot about Virtual Reality (VR) and how it is just around the corner. The fact is, Virtual Reality is not going to be available in your living room in the near future.
You will hear a lot of buzz about Virtual Reality but, for now, it is limited to places such as, The Magicians, The Matrix, and Facebook. Heck, you could go to a restaurant and they could have a 3D TV or a wall mounted television which would be able to project a Virtual Reality movie. It is not a realistic one but it is in your face, it is on a big screen, it can go all day, and it is very entertaining.
There are so many things that a person can do with this technology. This technology is being called the next big thing in entertainment. There are movies, TV shows, apps, gaming, even a medical field that is being developed with this technology. The possibilities are endless, as long as the content is created by an artist who is willing to explore the boundaries of what is possible with the technology.
Now the question becomes, “Can an artist actually make a living doing work with the Oculus Rift?” My answer is a resounding yes. Here is why:
The level of professionalism involved in production work and design in The Maze and The Void were much higher than what most companies would ask of someone who was hired for such work, let alone someone who wanted to create a working prototype of Virtual Reality. Since so many people are becoming more technologically aware in our society and are willing to take on projects that have a real possibility of success, artists are now going into the Virtual Reality realm with more excitement and passion than ever before.
This is not a concept where you can open up two or more windows of the room and still see a quality image in each window. The reason is, when you are able to see a quality image in each window, you will be able to zoom in and see a smaller version of the same image. What this means is you can get a more in depth look at objects that would otherwise be invisible to you.
One of the popular games on the Nintendo Wii called Zelda, has already been developed and will feature virtual reality technology. Imagine being able to walk through a mansion, explore a room, or play a game where you can take off your helmet and see the world through a larger-than-life game character.
The next Zelda will feature a player who wears a screen on their head that has a heads up display, or HUD, that shows information such as where to find hidden items, and how to complete a puzzle. The possibilities are endless with this technology and I am confident that in the future, it will be used in a lot of different ways.
Unity, one of the most powerful and flexible development platforms, is also creating a tool called, Hologram Builder. It is being developed with Unity 3D and is expected to be released in the near future.
This is only the beginning of the new Metaverse. I believe that within the next few years, I will be able to walk into my living room, turn on my computer, and watch the stars and the moon in VR.
So I ask, will we be able to turn the entire television screen into a Virtual Reality environment? I sure hope so, because after reading this article, I can’t wait to get a chance to experience it.