We all know COVID-19 will leave a long-lasting effect on society, even beyond quarantine. Handshakes are becoming obsolete. Public gatherings are planned more carefully. People are completely reconsidering how they interact with others.
What can we do to enjoy experiences with friends and family despite safety protocols? A virtual world with the same capabilities as the real world is inevitable and very much needed moving forward.
Virtual Reality is a safe alternative form of entertainment. There are tons of ways we can enjoy VR technology. Video games, TV shows, and movies are all available in VR.
Top tech conglomerates are also getting into Virtual Reality. Apple recently acquired startup NextVR. Facebook bought Oculus in 2014.
Now, Facebook is developing a neural interface where users think something and it happens. Users may not want to go back to regular ways of viewing after experiencing content differently.
Whether you have your own private cinema or not, the right VR setup will make you feel like it. VR captures the customer’s full attention by engaging all senses in the cinematic experience. Virtual Reality allows viewers to watch 3D movies, topping any home theatre or average tv viewing seen prior by audiences.
The best part about watching movies in VR is the social dynamic. Individuals can still watch movies with their friends and family. All they need is a headset for every person. There are several consumer headsets on the market, but for movie-watching, Oculus Go is one of the best choices. It was designed specifically for watching movies and is one of the cheapest headsets at $200 for 64gb.
Most VR headsets are made for playing video games. Adding this piece of equipment to your setup enhances the visual experience. Resolution quality will always match the capability of the headset you choose.
Oculus Quest recently released hand sensor technology. Players can now interact with virtual settings, no controller needed. Currently, customers have spent $100 million on games for the console.
There’s a possibility that VR can help professional gamers play more competitively. In-depth visuals might allow players to move with precision. Communicating with friends while playing with a headset won’t be a problem. Out of the best selling headsets, the majority of them are used for PC and console gaming.
Concerts and Sports
The CDC says the soonest we can start enjoying sports and concerts again is Fall 2021. That’s a long time for there to be no sporting events or live music. Fans and leagues will both be missing out on a lot.
To soften the blow, musicians and teams should consider VR as an alternative. Of course, there’s no replacement for your favorite performer noticing you in the crowd. However, for germaphobic fans with a little OCD, this is a great option.
Networking Events and Conferences
Smaller events are easier to simulate through VR. Companies have been finding ways to adapt to the new normal. Virtual events keep paying customers happy.
Youcanevent is a startup spearheading the transition to Virtual Reality by teaming up with event organizers, event agencies, and conferences. At the beginning of national stay at home orders, almost 50 events were replicated virtually in two days by Youcanevent. “The goal is to create virtual experiences that are the same quality as real-life events,” says founder Antonio Trincao.
As society advances, the way we enjoy things change. Watching shows on a 2D screen will become outdated. More people are going to use VR to play video and watch movies. Large scale events for leisure and business will begin embracing VR. Eventually, it may be the only way to stay in business.