Virtual Reality: A Fad That Could Repeat History

With the hype for Virtual Reality calming down some, I would like to discuss if VR is really the future of gaming, or just another fad. Many have tried to break the classic video game controller, and most have failed. Could VR actually be the future or is it another fad? JoyStik list fad technology from the past that ultimately could not break the classic controller, even through all the hype! I believe VR will be the next one to fail us as well, although very interesting.

SNES Super Scope

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The Super Scope, sold as the Nintendo Scope in Europe and Australia, is a first party light gun peripheral for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The successor to the NES Zapper, the Super Scope was released in North America and the PAL region in 1992, followed by a limited release in Japan in 1993 due to a lack of consumer demand. The peripheral consists of two devices: the wireless light gun itself, called the Transmitter, and a Receiver that connects to the second controller port of the Super NES console. The Transmitter has two action buttons, a pause button, a power switch and is powered by six AA batteries.

Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect (codenamed Project Natal during development) is a line of motion sensing input devices by Microsoft for Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles and Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral, it enables users to control and interact with their console/computer without the need for a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands. The first-generation Kinect was first introduced in November 2010 in an attempt to broaden Xbox 360's audience beyond its typical gamer base. A version for Windows was released on February 1, 2012. Kinect competes with several motion controllers on other home consoles, such as Wii Remote Plus for Wii and Wii U, PlayStation Move/PlayStation Eye for PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Camera for PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Move

PlayStation Move is a motion-sensing game controller platform by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), first released for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console. Based around a handheld motion controller wand, PlayStation Move uses inertial sensors in the wand to detect its motion, and the wand's position is tracked using a PlayStation webcam (PlayStation Eye for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Camera for the PlayStation 4).

Tony Hawk: Ride board

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Tony Hawk: Ride is a spin-off in the Tony Hawk's series of video games. The game was released on November 17, 2009 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. It was released in Australia on March 10, 2010. Having the lowest ratings and worst sales for a Tony Hawk game, Ride debuted to negative critical and commercial reception. It has been widely criticized by video game critics as the worst of the series. It also failed to meet financial predictions, and led to a severe financial drop that risked cancellation of future Tony Hawk games.

What are your thoughts on the new VR hype? Do you think it will perform better than its predecessors? With the price announced, they must be expecting great feedback so we will see what happens. Post in the comments below!

Virtual Reality: A Fad That Could Repeat History

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