With technology giants such as Valve and HTC revealing their own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) at events this week and other companies already waist-deep in the technology, VR certainly seems set to succeed in the near future. But without a major, consumer-focused kit on the market outside of Samsung’s Gear VR Innovator Edition, it’s impossible to tell how HMDs will perform. But, according to Darknet developer E McNeill, there’s no reason to worry as the technology is simply ‘too cool’ not to succeed.
McNeill recently stated as much during a ‘VR for Indies’ panel at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. The panel, which also consisted of popular mathemusician Vi Hart and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes‘ Ben Kane, was asked if the public might view VR as a ‘bubble’ as it did with 3D televisions. Hart herself was quick to reply that it wouldn’t before McNeill simply stated that “VR is too cool to fail.” Holden Link of Turbo Button also noted that VR was more of a new medium than a peripheral that could fail.
It’s a big week for McNeill in general, who was finally allowed to add a price tag to Darknet on Gear VR as a preview of the commerce version of the Oculus VR Store launched in the USA. The developer had previously released the title for free on the platform but is now charging $10 USD with the arrival of the premium option. The commerce store is expected to roll out to other territories in the near future, although a specific date is yet to be announced.
Darknet is a futuristic hacking videogame that was inspired by what McNeill calls ‘Hollywood Hacking’. The piece is also in development for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift HMD on PC. VRFocus will continue to follow the title and all other VR videogames, reporting back with any further updates.