Over the last few weeks, I have spent my time out at Computex 2016 in Taipei. Of course there is the glitz and the glamour of all the new technology coming to us in the coming months. The two letters on everyone’s lips are V R. Virtual Reality to be exact. My feeling is that this is going to be a long term game changer for the industry. The applications are far reaching. Of course the immediate is a more immersive gaming experience. However when you look beyond this, it can touch many aspects of our lives. Virtual class rooms, Virtual Real Estate tours, medial applications. The list is endless…….. and
So the debate rages on which will be dominant platform. For us in the west we know only of HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and to a lesser extent, PlayStation VR. In the far east it has a different flavour with 3 Glasses and AntVR worthy additions to the global line up. That not withstanding the feeling is that VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) are ground breaking and will drive the industry to new heights. So what is the downside to the new golden egg of computing world ? Accessibility and portability.
One of the big draw backs with VR is how do you make it portable ? With Oculus or Vive you are tied with wires which can make for a cumbersome experience. One new product I saw at Computex was a new VR ready backpack from MSI
This is where the games really begin. Now imagine having a lightweight PC but powerful enough to power Vive or Oculus. Now you are not tied to your desk, it allows for full movement without tripping over the wires. Power should not be a concern as you can in theory game for upto 150 minutes without having to recharge the unit.
All things considered, this is the kind of innovation that will bring VR to the early adopters who want the full on VR experience. Not worrying about wires would surely make for a better more immersive experience ?