What’s Coming to VR in 2019?

VR’s steady ascent in 2018 practically guarantees that we have a lot to look forward to in 2019. This comes as no surprise because companies (not just VR streaming and gaming ones!) are now seeing the value of VR. Companies in various fields like engineering, medicine, and even sports now use VR technology to bridge the gap between tasks in the virtual world and those in the real world.

What does VR technology have in store for us this year? Let’s find out!

Cutting the Cord

Apple did it with their chargers and earphones, so VR consoles are following suit. One of the biggest hassles of playing VR games is that you’re not given the full range of movement. Oftentimes, you’re bound by the wires connecting your VR to your PC or console.

This year, however, standalone headsets will be taking the lead with their wireless consoles. 2019 will be the year you’ll find VR headsets that will let you move about freely in-game. Better get that gaming room sorted out before these headsets come out!

More Affordable VR

One of the biggest issues about VR technology is its accessibility. So many people see the value of VR, but not everyone can afford a VR headset or console. The solution to this may be the nimble little Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest is a standalone headset created by Facebook. Unlike other VR consoles, the Oculus Quest is its own portable headset.

While nowhere near as powerful as the PlayStation VR or the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Quest still meets the minimum performance and fidelity standards for most applications. It’s relatively cheap, easy to use, and perfect for playing games and watch porn VR movies!

The Oculus Quest is set to hit shelves this Spring 2019. Its retail cost is at $399. It’s not exactly cheap, but for a wireless VR headset that can hold a candle to other VR headsets, it’s a steal!

More Immersive Gaming

VR is immersive enough as it is, but tech companies always want more, more, more! For most consoles, playing VR games and interacting with their in-game environments requires players to input buttons. That’s fine and all, but what if all you had to do was flick your wrist to execute commands?

Beat Saber is one game that gives us a glimpse into using your movements to play games. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s much more intuitive than pressing a bunch of buttons! In fact, digital design company “This Place” is already working on creating devices that use thoughts or concentration to interact with devices. Naturally, this will take a lot more brainstorming and fine-tuning, but who knows if their mind-powered devices will come out this year!

Companies Will Find New Uses for VR

VR used to be such a novelty that company usage wasn’t even a thing. However, as more and more companies saw the potential in VR, they are now opening up to the idea of using VR to accomplish daily tasks.

There’s a huge range of tasks that VR can help with. For retail employees, VR can simulate customer interactions to train them with handling irate customers. For sports instructors, VR can help them train athletes who are on the opposite side of the globe. Lastly, for educators, VR can make learning more fun, interesting, and immersive.

2019 looks to be an incredibly promising year for those who want to try out new VR technology!