While video games have been around for many, many years, the industry is still growing by the day. This is because gaming technology is constantly evolving, which means players can experience new things all the time.
One change that has taken the gaming world by storm over the past few years is virtual reality – also known as VR. Even though VR is quite new, it’s already very popular, and more and more games are incorporating VR into their systems.
It, therefore, makes sense that game developers would be interested in learning more about the topic. This is why we’ve put together this helpful list of things game developers need to know about VR.
How does VR work?
We’re not going to be getting into the technical details of VR, but we’ll give you a brief overview of how most kinds of VR work.
The most popular VR is a VR headset, which is a headset that creates a 3D virtual reality for the person wearing it. While VR can sometimes be played with traditional controllers, it’s becoming more common to use VR hand tracking.
How much does it cost?
Game developers already know that developing a game isn’t cheap. Not only do people spend hours of labor during the development of the game, but there is also the added expense of having to invest in the correct software.
As you can imagine, the software for VR games is incredibly complex and thus not cheap. You will likely also need to spend a lot of money on having people test the game to find its flaws, and then you’ll need to spend more money fixing those flaws. In short: it’s expensive. However, it can be done.
If you have no money to start with, it could be a good idea to host a fundraising event and encourage people to make donations towards the game’s development. For some tips on hosting an event, click here.
How long does it take?
Technically, you could develop a game quite quickly. But the odds are that it won’t be a very good game. The truth is that decent games take a long time to develop. When you add in the element of VR, it’s bound to take you even longer.
While there’s no exact timeline for you to follow since each game and its development will be different, you can still set up a project timeline – just be aware that it will likely change as the development progresses.
Is it worth it?
Of course, if you’re going to be spending this much time and money on something, you will want to know that it will all be worth it and pay off in the end.
While there’s no guarantee that your VR game will succeed, the gaming industry is vast, which means the odds are that you will be able to find an audience for your game.
It might be a good idea to spend some time researching video game demographics so that you know what to aim for and who to target with your marketing.
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