Expect These VR Gaming Genres To Emerge
As we recently mentioned citing quotes from an IEEE expert, virtual reality has significant potential to disrupt and alter industries. Specifically, it can have a major impact on design and manufacturing processes in businesses. In the meantime, most of us are still thinking of VR as a technological development primarily geared toward gamers. That's not to say there aren't other applications for VR already-there are plenty-but the ones generating headlines are related to gaming and the applications available for Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR, and others.
As exciting as the rollout of VR has been for gamers, one still can't help but feel we're in something of an early trial period. A lot of the games are a bit lacking in the graphics department (albeit with a PS4 Pro the graphics on the PlayStation VR are given a visual/performance boost over the standard PS4), and even the most thrilling and enjoyable titles are kind of bare bones in one way or another.
This is a whole new medium of gaming that is just beginning to figure itself out. As it does so, here are a few genres you can expect to see moving to the forefront.
This may not be too much of a prediction, as racing games are already among the most noteworthy VR experiences available. Tech Radar recently published a list of 25 of the best VR games you can play, and a few racing-related titles made the list, including Assetto Corsa, an Oculus game that may be the most recognisable in the genre.
Racing games have a built-in advantage of sorts because even in virtual reality, racing requires no movement. Doing the "real thing," you're sitting still in a vehicle, using only your eyes and arms to interact with your environment.
This makes these games feel more natural than most in VR, and it opens the door for all kinds of franchise expansion.
For instance, we have yet to see a Mario Kart VR game or one based on the Fast & Furious films. A Gran Turismo title has been announced but not revealed. There are a lot of great racing titles out there, and it's a pretty safe bet that they'll all be making their way to VR sooner or later.
For the more mature player Casino gaming tends to be popular on just about any medium that can support it, whether or not real money is involved. But it hasn't quite made an impact on the VR scene yet, save for one title (CasinoVR) that simulates a relatively minimalistic poker experience.
Still, the groundwork has been laid for some pretty interesting casino gaming styles, thanks in large part to the supremely active online poker and blackjack scenes. Casino Source hosts a rundown of what some of the bigger gaming sites are offering at a given time, and one thing you'll notice looking through the selections is references to "live" dealers or games. These are games in which players' computer screens basically turn into video feeds of actual casinos, almost like a 2D VR.
This suggests that droves of poker and blackjack enthusiasts are already getting used to something not dissimilar from VR, which would make for a simple transition if VR developers started churning out casino games. It's probably only a matter of time.
Creature Interaction Games
This isn't really an established genre, but it's fast becoming one. Pokémon GO became the biggest mobile game of all time, based on an augmented reality style of gameplay involving the capturing and nurturing of fictional creatures.
According to Game N Guide, Harry Potter GO is on the way. We've also seen a few games based on Jurassic Park (and Jurassic World) allowing players to catch and raise dinosaurs.
This is becoming a popular style of gaming, particularly with regard to established franchises, and it's a natural fit for VR. The chance to interact even more closely with Pokémon, magical beasts, dinosaurs, and more would make these games truly unique.