Virtual Reality: the Future of Entertainment

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Kyle Leaver 

Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens/Lake Worth Campus 

The future of entertainment is here and it’s about to flip the world upside down. Believe it or not, virtual reality or VR is a software that has been in the works since the late 1830’s. Since then, virtual reality has been on a rapid incline and is finally making its breakthrough in the 21st century. SEGA and Nintendo tried to make virtual reality possible in the late 1990’s, but technology back then could only do so much. Virtual reality, defined by the Oxford Press Dictionary, means “The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted within a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment.” Virtual reality is a breakthrough that is going to change the entertainment industry forever. Soon, people will be able to watch mainstream events in virtual reality, such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, the Oscars, and so many more. Palm Beach State student Ryan Driggers, shared his thoughts about it saying, “Virtual Reality is a huge advancement in human technology. It’s going to take gaming to another level where it will be as if humans are in a simulation.” Now in 2016, select Samsung phones come with a virtual reality headset that is able to stream movies onto it. Samsung isn’t the only company joining the Virtual Reality hype train though. Oculus, HTC, Microsoft, the Valve corporation, and as well as Sony have all made their own virtual reality headsets. According to officials at Best Buy, Microsoft and Sony went as far as adding virtual reality to their new gaming console that is being released in November 2016 (PS4 Pro) and in 2017 (Xbox One S). The bottom line is that virtual reality has been trying to make its way into the public, and now that it has, it is not going away.