And I’m speaking about VR again, but this time, I’m experienced.
After all the buzz about virtual reality becoming serious reality and VR headsets coming to the market, I had to try out something to convince myself of the what-is-said-to-be-amazing technology. And there came my piece of cardboard!
Google introduced the Cardboard, a simple box with 2 lenses and a holder to pop in your phone and give virtual reality a try. They gave it for free to developers attending the 2014 Google I/O, and thats how the trend started off. With time, there are ever the more apps to try and even more videos to play.
So I picked up my version from the people at getcardboard.in (Amazon.in^). First impressions: VR IS AWESOME. The whole feeling of being inside a game, moving your head around to seeing stuff in a new dimension is a great. And then the Cardboard itself: it isn’t the most well-made or comfortable, but at that price point, its surprisingly good.
To start off, I tried the game Cosmic Error (iOS/Android). Its a simple game of dodging astroids flying towards your spaceship by moving your head around. Then I tried a multitude of apps, including DINOTOWN, Homido Player, The Height and stereotunnel. I found Homido Player (iOS/Android) very interesting: it could play those crazy awesome youtube videos in side-by-side to give the 3D effect. But the app I liked most was ‘Insurgent’ (iOS/Android), an app made for showcasing specials from the movie Insurgent (Divergent Series) releasing today/20 March. The fact that you could move your head around 360 degrees and BE inside a movie scene looked amazing.
Seriously, Virtual Reality has no limits. I can imagine playing console quality games these upcoming headsets, or watching 3D movies far more conveniently.
I knew my friends and teachers wanted to experience the cardboard as well, so I took it them. And their response was pretty classic: the “awesome” and “cool” and “wow” just rolled on. Even the teachers liked it as much as the students. But in this very short interval of time, I saw the future of VR is going to be bright. Not only did everyone like it, but many even said they'd buy the box and try out more stuff for themselves.
Virtual Reality is a must try. The experience of putting on that box has thrown an impression on how even such a small, cheap thing can do wonders, and how those powerful headsets are going to dominate. So movie theatres, beware, the next 3D release might be heading straight to people's heads :P