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Virtual Reality is poised to change the world of video games. Over the years, games have changed from single pixels dancing across our screens to immersive worlds for players to get lost in. In 2015, games are moving leaps and bounds further with Virtual Reality. Consumers however, may not be ready for this technology.

The human brain knows when it is being tricked, and when immersed in a virtual world, users can become sick. The brain knows that your surroundings are artificial, especially when images are not being refreshed fast enough. The resulting sickness can bring on dizziness and nausea. Every day however, dev’s are getting closer to finding out the secret to creating seamless virtual worlds, and some even claim to have found out how. Here are some of the biggest players in the world of VR.

MORPHEUS

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Sony promises to throw you into your favorite game worlds using the Morpheus VR headset. At the 2015 Game developers conference, Sony confidently showed off a new build of the accessory, and even stated that it is set for release in early 2016. Those lucky enough to demo the new tech found themselves playing in a cage underwater, surrounded by sharks. The gameplay felt so real, players reportedly tried dodging the oncoming sharks with their actual bodies.

With a unique design that allows players to pull the actual screen away from their face, and a headband that supports the full weight of the device, Morpheus at least seems to lead in the comfort department. The latest Morpheus build has doubled its predecessors refresh rate, cutting down on VR sickness. With its release coming in 2016, we won’t have to wait too long to see if this is a booming success for Sony or a crushing failure.

OCULUS RIFT

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This name has been floating around for quite some time, as one of the first companies to try to bring VR into our homes. Their work thus far has laid the groundwork for other companies, mainly supporting PC gaming and bringing a new level to our gameplay. Oculus has been open with third party developers and competitors alike, making the race for consumer VR feel like a real team effort.

After Oculus’ acquisition by Facebook, many potential users were scared off by the mere thought of things like Farmvile in VR. Already living in a world invaded by social networking, the prospect of social VR is frustrating to say the least. But the company has stated that it still seeks to create the ultimate immersive experience.

VIVE

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The HTC VIVE has only recently broken out onto the VR scene, with some promising results. Using a revolutionary tracking system, it is said that the VIVE is better at keeping users from getting motion sick, unlike its competitors. Being paired with new steam machines, this will surely be another great option for the PC gamer.

MICROSOFT HOLOLENS

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You’ve seen the Holodeck on Star Trek. Well, Microsoft has created the Hololense. One can argue that this is more augmented reality, placing virtual objects in your field of vision rather than immersing you in a virtual world. Microsoft has stated that it will be compatible for use with its Xbox One console as well, giving Xbox fans their own VR option!

The Hololens was met with widespread skepticism, as its presentation seemed incredibly ambitious. Microsoft is not only looking to revamp how games and videos look in VR, but to create an operating system that shares your world with you, seamlessly integrating tech into our everyday lives.

MAGIC LEAP

By far the most elusive and secretive, the Magic Leap seems to function on.. well… magic. It’s creators claim to have solved immersion sickness, and have successfully fooled the brain into seeing holograms floating seamlessly in our own environment, while some would argue this is AR not VR, the final piece of tech will decide what category it falls into. Using their patented “Light Field Display”, Magic leap claims it has pulled miles ahead of it’s competitors. Unlike Oculus Rift, the creators of the Leap are not sharing however. We will all have to wait to see a working prototype in the future.

Whichever you choose there is no doubt that games are about to take a quantum leap forward. Games and movies are becoming more and more realistic, and now we can immerse ourselves in our favorite media. Who are you rooting for in the VR race? What do you think of VR in general? Will you use it?

 

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