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Virtual reality is the technological advancement we need

Virtual reality is the technological advancement we need

Virtual reality is the technological advancement we need
April 18
11:48 2018

Virtual Reality has exploded over the past couple of years. What started out as simply just a cool concept has expanded into all reaches of entertainment medium.

Whether it was video games, phone applications and feature films, virtual reality has made itself known in a world obsessed with the next best technological advancements.

For the few who are still out of the loop about virtual reality: Virtual reality, often referred to as VR, is a system in which you wear a headset that covers your eyes, at which point you are almost quite literally pulled into the world of whatever you are watching or playing like never before.

I had the opportunity to try a VR system when it first came to the tech scene, and I can attest to the many similar statements made about how great it really is.

When I tried it, I was playing a Batman game, and I have never felt more absorbed in the world of “The Dark Knight.” (And that’s me saying this after having watched all of the Batman movies countless times.)

What I’m saying is VR may very well be the next best thing.

So, we know it works for video games, but imagine if VR was used in feature films?

Imagine watching a Batman movie, but for the action scenes, you put on a VR headset and you can literally be Batman.

How cool would it be to actually feel like you are living inside the world of a movie?

This month, a movie called “Ready Player One” is going to be released, and it’s all about the world of VR and video games. There were even talks about incorporating actual VR into the movie-watching experience instead of just relying on techniques the filmmakers used behind the scenes to incorporate VR while making the film.

Unfortunately, no VR headsets will be given out at the theaters to wear while watching the movie, but we may not be far off before everyone in attendance at a movie will be wearing those headsets.

If it ever gets to the point where VR is widely used in filmmaking, it would completely change the traditional movie viewing experience for the better. We all want to live in the worlds of our favorite movies, and with VR, we would be able to.

Technology and filmmaking may still have some work to do before VR is more widely incorporated into each field, but I can very much see a future where the way we watch movies or play video games is significantly altered by the very ambitious advancement that is virtual reality.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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2 Comments

  1. HJ
    HJ September 26, 17:31

    I still had no chance to check out VR on the actual roller coaster – some amusement parks already provide this sort of thing.

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  2. TechFuturae
    TechFuturae May 29, 13:59

    2019 is the year when VR will go mainstream.

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