“We’ve been saying VR is the future of work for the last 10 years, and it’s just the beginning,” said David H. Gartner, chairman of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
“We’re on the cusp of a whole new generation of work.”
That new generation will include virtual vacation.
It’s just another day at the office, right?
“Virtual reality is like a very special kind of gaming,” Gartnersaid.
“It’s a way to create your own worlds, and you can explore them in a way you can’t in a game.
It is a totally different kind of experience.”
So, you get to have a few fun moments with your friends in VR.
You can also be alone, and be in your own virtual world.
You don’t need to be a gamer to enjoy it.
But, for most of us, it’s still not what we want to do with our lives.
We’re not gamers.
And so we’ve been watching virtual reality grow as a gaming platform, and as an entertainment device.
It can be a big drawcard for a new generation.
And it can also lead to more stress and fatigue, because you’re constantly in your world, in virtual space.
The good news, though, is that VR headsets are available right now, and many of them are a lot cheaper than your standard computer.
“They are extremely good value,” Gartonner said.
“There are very few, if any, games that are as good as these.”
And you’ll likely find many of the best ones on your computer.
The problem, though?
You have to spend a lot of money to buy one of these headsets, and they often cost more than $200.
And even then, the headsets come with some drawbacks, like motion sickness and the fact that some of the games have limited use.
And then, of course, there’s the matter of the fact they’re not good enough to use at home.
In fact, they may even make your home worse.
Gartonnersaid that “in a few years we will no longer be able to buy VR headsets that are so good that you can enjoy them at home.”
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the headsets will probably be around for decades.
“If you have a room that’s large enough and the price is right, you’re going to have the ability to use it in a very long time,” Garterner said, before adding that the problem is, “the price is probably going to rise.”
“The future of virtual reality is here,” Gartenner said of the future, pointing to the fact VR headsets and other gaming devices are becoming increasingly popular.
And the problem?
That’s a lot to digest.
For many, it feels like we’re living in a bubble.
And there are many, many things to do in virtual reality that we simply don’t have time for.
That’s why GartNER said the virtual reality industry needs to focus on two things.
“First, the development of new games that can work with VR,” he said.
And, “Second, the marketing and promotion of new technologies that will be a huge boon to the industry.”
He called virtual reality a “new form of entertainment,” one that will bring people together and “enable people to connect with each other.”
That, in a nutshell, is what virtual reality will be like.
“As we begin to move forward, VR is going to change our lives in a fundamental way,” Ggartner said during the event.
“The fact that the future is coming and VR is now a viable entertainment option is a great sign.
It shows how the future will play out.
And I think that will ultimately make the VR experience more affordable and more accessible.”
But that doesn’t mean the new generation VR headsets will be easy to come by.
“That’s where the problem comes in,” Gertner said about the issue of the headsets.
“You can’t make them all.
And they’re expensive.”
There are already a lot more VR headsets available now than they were 10 years ago.
“With a headset, you can take it to your friends, to a friend in another room, and to the movies, and so forth,” Gartyner said to applause.
“But if you want to use them in the real world, you’ll have to pay more.”
It’s going to take time to get those headsets into your hands.
That won’t be a problem for a lot longer, though.
The technology is here.
“So, it will take years of innovation, testing, and refining to get that VR experience that everyone wants and needs,” GARTNER said.
So what do you think?
Is this a bubble?
Or will the industry get on its feet and bring the technology to our homes sooner rather than later?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report