Myths About Virtual Reality Debunked: Part 1
The industries of augmented and virtual reality are, without a doubt, exciting places to be right now. While the technology has been around for roughly 50 years now in some respects, it has not been until the past few years that it has been fully utilized and skyrocketed into the rapidly growing industry that it is today. Whether you are aware of it or not, virtual reality and augmented reality are all around us, and they offer a plethora of new forms of interaction with the world we live in, virtually exploring and experiencing new surroundings and situations.
As with any up and coming technology, though, there are a plethora of myths surrounding augmented and virtual reality equipment – more specifically in their capabilities and the manners in which these technologies can (or can’t) be continually implemented in the future.
Here at our virtual reality store, VRWoke, we want to set the record straight for those who are not as familiarized with the current standings of these incredible forms of technology. That is why in this blog post, we are going to be tackling some of the most commonly held myths that are quickly spreading about virtual reality gear in order to debunk them and shine light on the truth.
Myth #1: Virtual Reality Gear Is Too Expensive
This couldn’t be further from the truth when you are looking at the true value that virtual reality gear has to offer. If anything, your iPhone is too expensive, your smart TV with loads of features you’ll never actually use is too expensive, and the rate you are paying for your internet is too expensive. At full price from the manufacturers, it can seem that the prices are relatively high, but regarding how much you get for your money and how much research, development, and technology is going into each VR headset and VR game, the margins are not very high. The prices are even more reasonable when you opt to purchase your virtual reality gear from a virtual reality store like VRWoke rather than straight from the manufacturer.
This has been one of the major myths that has gained traction in the world of virtual and augmented reality alike, and because of it, many people believe that it will only last as a trend unless the price of AR and VR equipment is significantly lowered — which leads us to our next point.
Myth #2: Virtual Reality Gear Is Just A Trend
For a variety of reasons, there is a rumor spreading stating, “virtual reality gear will only be able to keep up its current pace and become mainstream if they are able to make virtual reality equipment available for less than $100.”
Before contemplating this myth, consider the fact that no smartphone since their first introduction has ever been sold for less than $100. That is, unless you are buying a used model that is at least four years outdated. For example, the iPhone X, perhaps the most mainstream piece of technology out today, can not be found for less than $1,000.
Myth #3: There Aren’t Enough Applications For Virtual Reality
Outside of the cost factor that has led to people believing that VR and AR devices don’t stand a chance in the long term of things, the other part to this myth is, “there aren’t enough practical applications for augmented and virtual reality.”
This, once again, could not be further from the truth. Outside of the notorious gaming and cinematic marketplace, VR devices are already making their way into education, training, architecture, and medical applications around the world. They are even being used by NASA for training astronauts to fly the most expensive pieces of machinery in the world, and the ways in which the technology behind virtual reality gear can be implemented into businesses and society as a whole is growing on a daily basis. We’ll save this topic for another blog, though, and move onto the next ridiculous myth.
Myth #4: There Aren’t Enough Virtual Reality Games
When it comes to virtual reality games, there are literally thousands, and the majority of them are surprisingly good despite how new of a concept the games may be. Before we know it, there will be just as many virtual reality games as there are apps in the App Store. Whether you’re using PC VR, console VR, or mobile VR, there are more good games out there than you likely will ever have available time for.
This has been part one of our two-part series covering the variety of radical myths that are spreading like wildfire among those that, quite frankly, have not even had the opportunity to experience VR devices for themselves.
Our goal at our virtual reality store, VRWoke, is to allow everyone who has not been able to try the incredible capabilities of virtual reality for themselves a chance to do so by providing affordable VR gear online. If you are one of these people, we invite you to browse our entire selection that we offer to you, so you aren’t misled by the myths, and you too can Get Woke.