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Most gamers Not Interested in VR in 2016?

blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,369
edited March 2016 in Hardware

An exclusive Gamer Network survey reveals that only 15% of players intend to purchase any of the VR platforms this year

Attend any game conference this year, and the words virtual reality are likely to be heard ad nauseum. Industry buzz around the technology is reaching an all-time high but even with three VR headsets (Oculus, Vive and PlayStation VR) hitting the market this year, it's unclear just what kind of installed base developers making games for the platforms will be able to target. The need for expensive PC gaming rigs (in the case of two out of three headsets) and prohibitive price tags of $600 and $800 for the Oculus Rift and Vive, respectively, point to the market remaining niche in 2016.

This is backed up by a new survey of nearly 14,000 gamers across Gamer Network websites. Out of close to 13,000 respondents who answered, only 15 percent actually said they intend to purchase a VR headset this year, with 60 percent flat-out saying they would not consider a purchase. Another 25 percent were unsure. Interestingly, 75 percent of respondents said that they currently own a gaming PC, so it's clearly a PC oriented crowd, the very kind that you would think would be most receptive to a VR headset purchase.

Price is likely to be a big factor, ranked most important by almost 32 percent of gamers. Of the VR headsets launching in 2016, PlayStation VR was the most cited (around 20 percent) to be purchased (and 35 percent already own a PS4). While Sony has yet to announce a final launch date and price, it's believed that PlayStation will offer the most affordable package. Oculus Rift meanwhile, which certainly has had more momentum from the very start among developers, was lagging both Vive and PlayStation VR with only 13.74 percent of purchase interest from those surveyed, although Vive was only slightly ahead of Oculus with 15.5 percent.

Apart from VR purchase intent, gamers were asked which platforms they plan to buy in the future. Despite literally no information being available for Nintendo's next console being available, the NX actually led the pack with nearly 31 percent of respondents choosing it; that's certainly encouraging news for Nintendo which has seen its bottom line hit hard thanks to the failure of the Wii U and declining 3DS sales. Buying a new gaming PC was a close second around 30 percent, and in the world of current-gen consoles Sony's PS4 easily outpaced the Xbox One, 20 percent vs. 9 percent.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-02-29-most-gamers-not-interested-in-vr-in-2016-report

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  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    gamers used to be an innovative crowd. I dont think they are anymore, maybe developers and the industry itself can be but gamers are no longer innovators or early adopters.

    because of my age somewhere around 100% of my facebook friends are not gamers. but they are talking about VR 

    they want to do things like this:
    https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/attractions/vr/overview

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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 19,995
    The person in our office seriously interested in VR (Rift or Vive) said he's going to wait 2 or 3 generations or years until the tech standardizes and matures.

    The rest of us are casually interested. We have Google Cardboard in the shop and mess with it sometimes. The bosses son is on the cardboard team, in some manner or another, so he likes to see how it is evolving. That's very rough and sketchy, but fun to play with.

    There are just other tech and gadget priorities in my house. My son games mostly on the PS4 with his friends and none of them are interested in wearing a (and I quote) "huge space helmet" on their heads. These are the 14 - 17 year old kids playing Destiny, Black Ops, FO4, etc. That's fine by me.
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  • LeiloniLeiloni Member RarePosts: 1,262
    edited March 2016
    I can't say I have any interest in VR either this year or in future years. I just don't find what it offers to be of any interest. I don't even like playing in first person in games we have already so the idea of taking that idea even further with something like VR is the exact opposite of what I want. I enjoy my third person view in games and I'll continue to play games that way. 
  • coretex666coretex666 Member EpicPosts: 3,838
    I am going to wait several years before I get my VR kit.

    I do not care that much about the price which is currently quite high. For me, it is more about lack of quality games I could use it for. Also, the tech is still new and I expect its significant improvement in the upcoming years.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    I am going to wait several years before I get my VR kit.

    I do not care that much about the price which is currently quite high. For me, it is more about lack of quality games I could use it for. Also, the tech is still new and I expect its significant improvement in the upcoming years.
    I think your second point is a good one. games though..oh my god....so many, so many good ones too. 

    but I can blame anyone for wanting to wait at least 12 months after offical release before thinking about it.

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  • PottedPlant22PottedPlant22 Member RarePosts: 800
    The tech is new and expensive as sh*t.  give it a few years with better games, hardware support and more accessible specs to run it.  they will come.
  • RusqueRusque Member RarePosts: 2,785
    I'll buy one (prob OcRift) the minute something I really want to play shows up. Admittedly, I almost bust a nut when I heard that they had a CCG coming, I was picturing a realization of a Yugioh type game. But then I saw what it was (dragon front) and my heart sank - complete garbage.


    As for watching TV/movies - that's something I did with my mobile phone for a bit, but it's so inconvenient at this point in time. If I download a movie from Google play, it streams from the play store (I'm guessing to to check authorization) so I can't view it in VR. So I'm left with downloading or ripping a DVD/Blu-ray and both of those take time. At that point, I have to weigh the benefit of watching in VR vs just putting one on my 60" plasma. So far the TV wins every time. Not only do I not have to wear a headset, but I can snuggle my dog and have snacks. If I try to have snacks with my dog around while wearing a headset, what happens is that the dog gets the snacks unless I'm sitting at a table. So I can't chill on the couch without that little hippie getting his nose all up in my face (well mouth, cause snack breath is delicious and doggie approved).
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    Rusque said:
    I'll buy one (prob OcRift) the minute something I really want to play shows up. Admittedly, I almost bust a nut when I heard that they had a CCG coming, I was picturing a realization of a Yugioh type game. But then I saw what it was (dragon front) and my heart sank - complete garbage.


    As for watching TV/movies - that's something I did with my mobile phone for a bit, but it's so inconvenient at this point in time. If I download a movie from Google play, it streams from the play store (I'm guessing to to check authorization) so I can't view it in VR. So I'm left with downloading or ripping a DVD/Blu-ray and both of those take time. At that point, I have to weigh the benefit of watching in VR vs just putting one on my 60" plasma. So far the TV wins every time. Not only do I not have to wear a headset, but I can snuggle my dog and have snacks. If I try to have snacks with my dog around while wearing a headset, what happens is that the dog gets the snacks unless I'm sitting at a table. So I can't chill on the couch without that little hippie getting his nose all up in my face (well mouth, cause snack breath is delicious and doggie approved).
    Check this out

    https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/attractions/vr/overview

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  • holdenhamletholdenhamlet Member EpicPosts: 3,766
    I like these articles that you're posting, blueturtle, but you really should link the source to be fair to the authors of the articles.
  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 36,368
    I purchase new hardware to play the games I'm interested in, and not just for the sake of owning it waiting for games to support it.

    As soon as CCP supports VR on EVE I'll give it a look.

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  • heerobyaheerobya Member UncommonPosts: 465
    I have no interest in VR.

    A game, or a movie, or TV show, a play, a concert, or even a book - these things can all pull you in and drown out the "real" world...

    If they are good.

    Don't need to wear a headset, or 3D glasses, or motion controls, or photo realistic 4K 120FPS anything.

    All just a gimmick, just a show. To "dazzle" you into believing what you are seeing/experiencing is better than it actually is.

    That EVE:Valkyrie game or whatever? Still not going to be as good as Tie-Fighter.

    It's all just a gimmick.
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,369
    I like these articles that you're posting, blueturtle, but you really should link the source to be fair to the authors of the articles.
    Noted and fixed. Thank you

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  • Righteous_RockRighteous_Rock Member RarePosts: 1,234
    I'm not surprised, consider the track record of disappointment in the gaming industry, vr is an expensive buy in too, it just doesn't lend itself to the hype a trully reputable peice of hardware should have. The possibilities are endless, but let's just see how far it's come.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    I'm not surprised, consider the track record of disappointment in the gaming industry, vr is an expensive buy in too, it just doesn't lend itself to the hype a trully reputable peice of hardware should have. The possibilities are endless, but let's just see how far it's come.
    it LITERALLY cost the EXACT same price as the monitor I bought 2 years ago.

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  • PangscarPangscar Member UncommonPosts: 36
    Yeah it'll likely be used for porn FAR more than it will be for video gaming...
  • tawesstawess Member EpicPosts: 4,190
    i am surprised it is as high as 15%. It is expensive tech and beyond a few ports and party games... there is really nothing to use it with yet.

    It would be like if you bought the 3d TV and only had a few converted old movies and some trailers to watc.... oh... 

    Any way i would be interested in what a new poll will say in about a years time. 

    After all we who see our self a early adopter and pioneers arnt really that big of a group compared to the general market. 

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  • simsalabim77simsalabim77 Member RarePosts: 1,607
    It's too expensive. I can find a lot of things to do with $600-800 that don't involve me sitting in my living room with a headset on. 
  • Ammon777_newAmmon777_new Member UncommonPosts: 306
    edited March 2016
    Im just not interested. I like monitor, mouse, keyboard.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    VR gaming doesn't hold much magic for me. Its not just the hardware concept that bothers me however. As shallow and gimmicky as the game industry has become, while many think VR could be a new height for amazing games, I'm willing to bet most of them will just be more half assed crappy ones, at more cost to the end gamer.

    I have to say the new Pornhub VR looks interesting. I'd like to see that in action ... uh ... for research purposes of course.
    I do think there is now a good chance that VR will be more popular outside of gaming then in gaming.

    With that said, Elite Dangerous in VR is very awesome. The DK2 needs a bit more resolution which the CV does so yeah...mega hype for me

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  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 28,635
    For me it's not price, I"m just not interested.

    I don't even like wearing a headset for teamspeak. Can't stand it.


  • RusqueRusque Member RarePosts: 2,785
    SEANMCAD said:
    Rusque said:
    I'll buy one (prob OcRift) the minute something I really want to play shows up. Admittedly, I almost bust a nut when I heard that they had a CCG coming, I was picturing a realization of a Yugioh type game. But then I saw what it was (dragon front) and my heart sank - complete garbage.


    As for watching TV/movies - that's something I did with my mobile phone for a bit, but it's so inconvenient at this point in time. If I download a movie from Google play, it streams from the play store (I'm guessing to to check authorization) so I can't view it in VR. So I'm left with downloading or ripping a DVD/Blu-ray and both of those take time. At that point, I have to weigh the benefit of watching in VR vs just putting one on my 60" plasma. So far the TV wins every time. Not only do I not have to wear a headset, but I can snuggle my dog and have snacks. If I try to have snacks with my dog around while wearing a headset, what happens is that the dog gets the snacks unless I'm sitting at a table. So I can't chill on the couch without that little hippie getting his nose all up in my face (well mouth, cause snack breath is delicious and doggie approved).
    Check this out

    https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/attractions/vr/overview


    I'm not too proud to admit I'm a fraidy-cat, that video is as close as I'm going to a roller coaster.
  • alkarionlogalkarionlog Member EpicPosts: 3,380
    chances for VR really take off, games for it, waht it will really mean to a player experience, if is the same shit just with some tv glued on your head people will hardly care, only thing for now I can see the VR working well enough is simulators in with you sit and drive/pilot it, anything more action oriented will lack the feeling the VR was supose to give.

    also people who is really willing to spend 700-800 on a tv head set for somethign who we are not sure how many games will ahve support to it?

    @SEANMCAD

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  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    Sovrath said:
    For me it's not price, I"m just not interested.

    I don't even like wearing a headset for teamspeak. Can't stand it.


    thank you...finally somoene with some reasoning.

    Although you might want to look into your discomfort with having anything on your head .


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  • tawesstawess Member EpicPosts: 4,190
    It's too expensive. I can find a lot of things to do with $600-800 that don't involve me sitting in my living room with a headset on. 
    You don´t say. =P 

    Then again i say the same thing about people who buy elite champagne or just have to go the "fancy" clubs... We all have different views on what makes something worth. But you are right in assuming that this wave is purely for early adopters and tech-heads. It might say consumer product but in the same way a bottle of cristal is a consumer product. =P 

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  • Rockinw311Rockinw311 Member UncommonPosts: 125
    Sovrath said:
    For me it's not price, I"m just not interested.

    I don't even like wearing a headset for teamspeak. Can't stand it.


    I'm in the same boat. In addition to headsets driving me up a wall, I also can't stand the 3D glasses, even the light ones - and I'm in the unfortunate group that has to wear glasses, so to me it's an even bigger pain. I have 0 interest in wearing all of that VR gear.

    Can we all just skip this phase of the tech evolution and go straight to holos? Or how about some better/more evolved peripherals?
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