Epic Games are a powerhouse within the videogame industry. With many developers using the company’s Unreal Engine to create top flight games for consoles as well as virtual reality (VR), the studio is perfectly poised to see how VR and augmented reality (AR) will progress. Recently Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney has predicted that AR will eliminate monitors and TV’s.
Sweeney said in a speech at the ChinaJoy trade show: “I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes. If we had this AR display, the deep thing to realize is this. Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go,” reported VentureBeat.
But this will depend on the progress of VR head-mounted displays (HMD), like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Project Morpheus, as well as mixed reality (MR) devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens.
“The current products are version 1.0 of virtual reality. They have great potential but [also] some flaws. Over time, they will have a high level of realism and quality content. They will be adopted everywhere. Oculus and the HTC hardware is so good you can go for minutes at a time and not realize that a game world is not real,” said Sweeney.
But AR is where Sweeney eventually sees the future heading: “This trend will start with VR. AR will take a full decade to play out.”
VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest announcements from Epic Games rearding VR and AR.