The idea of Virtual Reality has now been around for a very long time – since the 1930’s actually, when the term was first used in the short story Pygmalion’s Spectacles by Stanley G. Weinbaum. But the history of VR is a huge topic that I’ll cover in a future article.
For a casual gamer, like myself and probably many of you, VR has not been very interesting, because the headsets are too expensive and the system requirements are off the charts. Nevertheless I would like to try it out sometime, as I never had the chance to do so and maybe that experience will spark my curiosity.
Last week I saw this video on LinusTechTips which shows the future of eSports spectating.
So besides VR-Gaming, we can look forward to VR on YouTube, Twitch, but also for real life events, like museum tours, theater plays as well as NFL and football matches.
The first E-Sports tournament that featured VR-Streaming was held on the 19th of November. Check out this article for more info.
Now I know I go against the main stream by saying this, but watching professional tournaments never really caught my attention. I would rather play the game myself, however these new viewing experiences could change that. Being immersed in the game with a VR-Headset sounds exciting and gets the viewers more involved in the matches.
Although, as good as this all sounds, I can’t tell you anything about the actual feeling of viewing something in VR, because the accessability to it is still very limited. I hope that this changes over the next couple of years, because it seems to be a whole lot of fun.
This article was written by Sebastian Prieler, a free writer and gaming enthusiast who shares his thoughts with the public on bobmob.gg – guest authors are welcome to send in articles about their opinions on the current state of eSports, Gaming & the Streaming landscape.