By Qasir Sheikh
While games are becoming more and more people centric and open world, a perfect virtual reality experience still only exists in science fiction.
The Oculus Rift, perhaps the most promising next generation virtual reality gaming headset, is causing some concern in the gaming community. Oculus Rift beta testers have reported headaches, nausea and motion sickness after operating the oculus rift for long durations. Some testers reported symptoms after only a couple hours of gameplay while others reported the urge to hurl their cookies after 7 or more straight hours of rifting. Yes, that’s a lot of gaming hours in one sitting but we’re not here to judge. Well, judge a little if you want in the comment section below.
But the key term here is after, not during gameplay. Jim Edwards of Business Insider explains, "you actually get motion sickness when you stop playing, because your body has been convinced that it was moving around" and apparently comes to the harsh realization that it wasn't. This admittedly sounds sort of awesome and is a testament to the rift's immersive experience, but Captain Picard never spewed his lunch after a stint on the holodeck so why should we?
The good folks at Oculus Rift agree that nobody should have to eject matter from the stomach through the mouth in order to experience virtual reality. “I think that’s one of the biggest challenges,” vice president of product at Oculus VR Nate Mitchell told PCGamesN, “We’re doing everything we can to make the hardware and software work better and we’re confident we’re making huge leaps and strides for the consumer version.”
So, can we look forward to living in the Matrix in the near future? Maybe. Now that Facebook has acquired the Oculus Rift we may see something akin to Futurama’s “internet”. But for now, I’m looking forward to buying the Oculus Rift and strapping it to the front of my face for gaming. I secretly hope the future of Virtual Reality is more like the Animus in the Assassin’s Creed series than the freaky nightmare that is the movie Gamer (starring Gerard Butler but nonetheless freaktastic).