Virtual Reality, the newest entertainment outlet, is going again to the U.S. Open this year. NextVR is helping bring the green grass and polo shirts to the homes of its viewers in a way that can only be appreciated by experiencing it yourself.
Virtual Reality is an amazing thing. For the years that VR has been available, I never was impressed with it, never appearing to be anything more than cool gimmick. Just like 3D TV’s or motion controls for games, I thought VR would come and go. But I was/am so wrong.
I got the chance to try out the HTC Vive and it was absolutely incredible. Hight felt real as I stood up 20 feet above the ground and objects felt tangible as they would appear closer and further away. The world seemed real and the culmination of HD graphics, motion controls and 3D really made the experience one of a kind. If you haven’t tried out VR yet, you need to check it out as soon as possible. Go to a tech demo, a Best Buy if they have it, or find a friend who has it and get under the goggles for at least an hour, the level entertainment value is quite impressive.
With three major options, HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Oculus Rift, each ranging from $400 to $800 (not including the game system or computer), the price for such a novelty can be steep to say the least. Although, this is the case for all new technology, the LCD TV I have now was originally $1,600 dollars 10 years ago and today I could buy something 12 inches larger with 4K resolution for $1,400. So yes, VR is expensive now, but good things come to those who wait.
The U.S. Open this year is not totally in VR, only a few holes for a couple of days were captured and broadcast this way. But just being there, closer to the player and seeing the environment they see while they play is a treat in it own.
As VR drops in price and has more content, it will become a household staple. It won’t replace TV or movies, but watching sports and video games will be amazing in years to come. Even though golf lovers and sports enthusiasts will get a kick out of VR Golf, it will take years before it hits any significant market or demographic.
Here is a bit from BBC last year about NextVR: