A new reality for players

Makenna French, staff writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Virtual reality allows people to step into a virtual world through a hands-on interactive experience, which takes place in a simulated environment.

Current technology that is used for VR are the virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, which sometimes include using real props to make the experience feel more realistic. Some VR technology systems include something called force feedback, which is when controllers have transmissions of vibrations and other sensations.

“I don’t think its changed video games significantly, it definitely needs more development before it can really change the video game department in a huge way. If people are spending lots of money for it, I definitely think it is worth the price it is,” said Brett Linenburg, a History teacher.

According to Wired, a technology website, some of the top VR headsets include a variety of different headsets. The basic standalone VR, (which is the Oculus Go) goes for around $199, and does not need a gaming console or PC to use. It can be used with a smartphone and a motion touch controller for interactions. This VR connects directly to the Oculus store and can access over 1,000 games. Next is a Premium Standalone VR, which is the Lenvo Mirage Solo with Daydream. This headset costs around $400. It is another standalone VR that detects movements like leaning and ducking, which gives a more full body feel to it, which will strengthen the experience further in order to make it more realistic.

“I did a simulation with my friends just at one of our houses. It was on an Oculus Go and it was terrifying. My friends made me do a horror one and it was fun but really scary. There was a man running at me and I thought I was going to get murdered. It felt like I was really there but not in a way. It was kind of a confusing experience,” said Jenna Englund, a senior.

Beat Saber, a kinetic rhythm game, features virtual reality. For example, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Doom VFR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Batman: Arkham, are just a few of the thousands of games that feature VR.

Arizona has quite a few Virtual Reality experiences. VRphx is a place located in Paradise Valley Mall that has a walkthrough VR experience. Other places include Dave and Buster’s, VR junkies, The Grid: Games and Growlers, and many more nearby.

“I have been to Dave and Buster’s and have done their VR simulation. When I went they had a Jurassic World one and it was such a fun experience. It was like a ride almost, we sat in a line of four and it had a seatbelt and we had our headsets and motion controllers. It felt so much more realistic because the seats moved around and it had really good sound effects. I would definitely recommend going to this, it was a lot of fun,” said Stephanie Gamez, a senior.

Arizona is just one of the many places that have VR experiences that allow people to have a whole different experience through a world of technology.