How big will VR get in 2017?

2016 was a big year for VR with the release of the Sony Playstation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and more filling consumers Christmas wish lists for Santa. While the quality of games has been a bit polarising, I can see it gaining more consistency next year as developers gain more experience in the field and issues are ironed out. Financially it will be interesting to see how VR progresses as many indie devs have mentioned how difficult it is to make money from VR games at the moment during a time where the market is so young and lots of gamers don’t own a VR device yet.

 

Google Daydream VR
Google Daydream VR

Price is one thing that has restricted a lot of consumers from purchasing a VR device as headsets like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Playstation VR are quite expensive. Luckily there has been cheaper headsets like the Google Cardboard VR, Google Daydream VR and the Samsung Gear VR to fill that entry level pocket. The big brands are aware of this and are working on ways to bring the costs down.

HTC ViveWith a decent list of VR games announced for 2017 so far and many more to be announced in the coming months, it’s looking like another strong year for the virtual reality gaming market.

 

0:00 – Arktika.1 [ Oculus Rift / Touch ]
1:00 – Lone Echo [Oculus Rift / Touch]
2:16 – Robo Recall [ Oculus Rift / Touch ]
3:38 – Farpoint [ Playstation VR ]
5:36 – Golem [ PS VR ]
7:03 – Robinson: The Journey [ PS VR ]
8:59 – Loading Human [ Oculus Rift / PlayStation VR / HTC Vive ]
10:50 – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [ PS VR ]
14:03 – ESSENCE [ HTC Vive ]
17:17 – How We Soar [ PS VR ]

As well as other games for the Playstation 4 releasing early 2017:

  • Korix
  • Megaton Rainfall
  • Statik

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