If you have an interest in gaming or if you have an interest in developing a game 2017 is the time to do so. With consoles having more power, graphics becoming sharper, and gameplay more complex, stories that rival big screen blockbusters for entertainment and intrigue are commonplace in the video game industry. It all may seem like this belongs to the world of science fiction, but gaming and even creating a game has never been easier. Many popular games have even featured famous actors such as Liam Neeson which has helped computer games find their place in the mainstream.
The global VR games industry was estimated to be worth $1.4 billion in 2014. Industry forecasts have suggested this number will rise to a staggering $9.55 billion by 2022, while Goldman Sachs believes that the overall virtual and augmented reality industry will grow to $110 billion by 2020. During all of this it is expected that the industry leaders such as HTC/Valve, Sony, and Facebook will continue to increase their investment in VR to bring advanced technology to the games market. If there was ever time to enter into the VR gaming industry that time is now.
What makes the gaming industry different from the entertainment industry is that it will always push the envelope and try and make every stem of an experience better than the last by adopting emerging technologies to create more visually stunning and exciting games. The next logical step down the road from the games we see today would be the that of virtual reality gaming. VR allows the user to step into a virtual gaming world of endless possibilities thanks to special hardware and software. In VR gamers will encounter a real-world environment in which they will have more control and influence than traditional console and PC games.
With virtual becoming mainstream many people are considering making their own virtual reality games before the market becomes too saturated with them. How does one create a virtual reality game? Well, if you’re ready to dive into the VR gaming industry before the market matures there are a number of things you will have to consider. First, you will have to consider what your game will be when developed for virtual reality hardware and software. The genre of the game is also a very important factor to consider when developing your game. You will also need to make sure your game runs smoothly and to make sure that there are no overwhelming in-game latency problems. Latency is fundamentally important to VR because without it you cannot deliver the experience required to set your game apart from competing titles in the industry. When your player moves their eyes, their head, their body, the game must register their movement in real-time fluently, otherwise the illusion of real life won’t be realistic.
Another important factor is the type of code your game should have as the creation of these games can be difficult. The development company you work with must be able to produce high quality visuals and have a deep understanding of an industry standard gaming engine such as Unity 3D or Unreal. The creation of a game will require expert mathematicians, developers, and talented artists. We can also see two other companies who help create VR games fighting to see who can help create these games at the best possible quality. Unreal and Unity 3D are the ones you need to debate upon prior to developing your game. Both are excellent options for VR games, however there are advantages and disadvantages to with each platform. It depends on which platform you wish to develop your game for; like console, PC, or mobile. From there you must also consider the budget attached to your project, how agile you need to be, are you satisfied with being constrained by the code of the engine, or would if you would rather customize beyond what is provided. Unity 3D is the best for mobile games, and Unreal is the easy winner for PC and console-based games.
No matter which platform you use you will always want to make sure you have the higher end specs for comfortable gameplay, display quality, and sound quality for the game you wish to create. The more we see virtual gaming expanding it is for certain that you will want to hop on the bandwagon now if you want to succeed at producing the next big VR hit. Stick to your guns, invest in some good tech, study up on your coding, and you will be well on your way to creating your own virtual world. Else you find yourself left on the tracks while the party train rolls over the hills; it’s 2017 and it’s prime time for virtual reality creation.
Brett Brooks is a Partner of RedFox Creative. For more information or to leave a comment send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at http://www.redfoxcreate.com. We’d love to hear from you!