In the last decade, virtual reality has changed from niche technology mostly a fantasy to being well on its way to becoming a household mainstay, from PlayStation VR to various mobile virtual reality headsets to the high-end Oculus and Vive headsets.
However, on IGN’s Unfiltered Podcast, when Jack McCauley, Oculus co-founder, designer of Guitar Hero’s original drums and guitars, and co-developer of the USB, was asked about the future of gaming, McCauley said consoles as we know them will continue to exist for years to come.
McCauley explained that pricing structures will keep consoles alive. “It’s gotta be a three or four hundred dollar console, so you’re kind of strapped to that,” McCauley asserts, going on to discuss the widespread appeal video games will need to continue to have to stay financially successful, “If your demographic is older people who can generally spend more money…. Do they play video games? Pure video games? Not so much.”
While the technology itself is far from niche, VR’s current pricing structure does makes it appealing only to those more than casually interested in gaming. As costs come down and ubiquity increases, the gaming landscape will undoubtedly change, though it doesn’t seem too far from believable that virtual reality experiences won’t be for everyone.
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This post was originally written by Ruben Circelli.