Over the past few years, virtual reality (VR) has grown significantly, and 2016 has the potential to be the most important year by far. The dream of experiencing VR will become a real world reality for the masses. Throughout the year a number of powerful virtual reality technologies will be available to consumers, revolutionizing the way people create and view virtual worlds.
Some heavy hitters will be throwing their long anticipated VR hats into the ring. PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive will debut in 2016, and with the release of these VR headsets becoming readily available to the public, the potential applications are endless. Vacations without the travel, emergency scenario training, healthcare, and communications are all just some of the areas that VR headsets will be utilized in.
For the cinematic aspect of virtual reality, there will be a couple of superior camera options for filmmakers upcoming in 2016. Ozo and Immerge are both spherical video cameras built to create 360-degree videos and pictures. These immersive movies can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms and could potentially be used for communications.
Virtual reality is exactly what gaming has been waiting for. Companies are developing games and other experiences to go along with the headsets mentioned above. Games like Job Simulator and Eagle Flight will allow players to experience gaming in an interactive way that was never before possible.
2016 is going to be the year when virtual reality will become a reality for private consumers. The world will be eagerly waiting and watching to see what happens in the VR world. And although not all of the ventures into virtual reality will be successful this year, the advancements will continue to grow. As technology improves so will the advancements and applications for VR.