I’ll be honest, I’m not wowed by VR. Though I took my sweet time getting hands-on with the tech, I’m just not convinced it’s anything more than a gimmick right now. It looks like I’m not alone on that fact either as Xbox Boss Phil Spencer is in a similar position.
Speaking with stevivor.com, Spencer aired his concerns about the current state of VR as well as indicating when Xbox players will be able to get their hands on some sort of VR tech.
“I don’t know, just to be honest. I love the technology behind VR. I have a[n HTC] Vive, I have an Oculus [Rift]. I’ve used the PlayStation [VR] device a lot in demos and stuff,” he said. But he’s convinced there’s still some way to go to for both developers and the technology itself. Spencer also added that we’ve still got some way to go before VR really hits the mainstream.
“What experiences do you put in people’s hands to have a long term engagement? Most of these things I’m playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it’s absolutely the right thing to have happened. That’s not a criticism at all, but should be happening. But I think it will take time.”
It’s an interesting comment indeed as the upcoming console, Project Scorpio, which was unveiled at E3 earlier this year, is set to be a total powerhouse capable of running VR experiences. However, despite that it looks as if Spencer wants to wait until the time is right rather than rushing into something which could do about as well as the Kinect.
In the article Spencer touches on the Kinect from a creative standpoint, and it’s something I’ve always mentioned when talking about VR. Much like the Kinect, early adoption will seem positive, but I really don’t think there’s any longevity in the technology.