Vr: Are you ready for virtual reality?
Technology is ever changing and growing in todays lifestyle. VR, short for virtual reality, is among the technologies that seems to be leading the charge toward an advanced future. Consumers have access to VR thanks to products for purchase like Oculus Rift, HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset, PlayStation VR and more. Experience a near world reality that allows you to escape your average day-to-day activities. Become a star fighter and save the universe or perhaps visit a theme park filled with amazing rides, even go back in time to an Earth populated with dinosaurs. VR makes a distant fantasy world possible with so much more growth!
Josh, Illustrator: “I’m super into video games and VR is a whole new frontier so I’ve decided to invest in it. The applications are endless and appeals to anyone. I own the Playstation VR unit which has less equipment setup and find it easy to use. Experiences costing between $5-$10 and games ranging $50 or more. VR is a very immersive experience that can have applications that could help with healing but I believe there should be a age restriction on some content, with use of common sense.”
Carlton, Student: “The reason I wanted to try VR is because I wanted something new and sorta kinda escape ‘reality’ at the same time. The VR I chose was the Homido VR Goggles because the lenses are really good and the straps that fit around my head are comfortable, with a lot of content to choose from. I believe people are afraid of VR mainly because they have never experienced it first hand. I truly believe if more people experienced it, they would enjoy it.”
Brandon, Gamer: “I feel that VR currently is still in its starting stages. I predict as technology gets better and better, VR will become a mainstream in gaming. I just thought the idea of VR was just really fun. I already had a good gaming computer so I decided to buy an Oculus Rift. My top 5 must have games for the Oculus Rift would be Lone Echo, Robo Recall, Sprint Vector, Job Simulator, and Superhot. However, all are amazing games in their own right.”
Virtual reality is here and you can get your hands on units like Oculus Rift with a price tag of $400, HP Windows Mixed Reality headset $450, or PlayStation VR $400 being sold at Best Buy and online retailers as well. If you are not quite ready to make that leap or investment, there are places like VR City Zone that you can go to. I personally got to visit the VR City Zone in North Charleston at the Northwoods Mall. As I walked in, the place was very clean and brightly lit. The staff was very helpful, polite, and the manager Alan was there to greet my friends and I. It was our first time there and I would recommend anyone who would like a great experience at a hell of a price. I spent $20 for two people and it was a lot of fun! VR City Zone located at: 2150 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406. Phone: 843-872-5090. Store Hours: Friday 4pm-9pm/ Saturday 10am-9pm /Sunday 12pm-6pm.
I believe that VR is a great way to experience new and exciting things, with applications venturing into architecture, medicine, art, entertainment and even sports. Tackling all walks of life, young and old. Imagine running a marathon in the comforts of your home or going to the movies without having to leave and get dressed. It will be very interesting to see how this technology will advance in the future as it becomes cheaper for the public and more widespread.
*I am not affiliated with any of the places or products described in the article nor was I paid to feature them or talk about them
Alan, Manager of VR City: “Virtual Reality is something people think is soo expensive that they wont be able to do it. People can just come out here to VR City to experience it and not be technology savvy, with an immersive experience that you don’t have to do alone. VR is augmented reality that allows you to step outside of everyday with an escape better than video games.”