The year’s biggest games industry conference, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), wrapped up this week and featured some exciting virtual reality announcements and highlights — more than ever before. In fact, there were twice the amount of VR companies at E3 2017 than were at last year’s conference. The industry is growing.
Despite this growth, a lot of gamers remain unimpressed with the VR scene right now. The true age of VR seems a ways down the road, even with PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift making some headway. It’s just not quite as exciting and impressive as you want it to be yet.
Tech powerhouse Nvidia believes the future of virtual reality lies within PC’s. In an interview with GamesBeat, Jason Paul, general manager for virtual reality product strategy at Nvidia, spoke about VR’s presence at E3 and where the market is going.
“The PC has always been the leading edge platform for new technologies,” said Paul. “That’s true with VR as well. Being able to have a very high-performance computing platform that can drive the displays, as well as the openness of the platform for content innovation and different types of headsets and input devices. It’s natural that VR would start on the PC.”
Paul also said Nvidia is actively working toward bringing the best VR to the best platform, the PC. A whole new generation of hardware is on the way, and Nvidia is working on holographic technology, as well as “inside out tracking and higher resolution displays.”
When asked about the lack of VR excitement, Paul noted these big technological advances take time to transition to the spotlight.
“Nvidia makes long-term investments,” he said. “We don’t expect major technology transitions to happen overnight. But we’re excited for all the momentum behind VR this year. If you look at the top publishers in the world, 10 of the top 10 have announced that they’re working on VR projects… A lot is happening over the next 12 months in VR.”
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