VR Makes a Big Showing at E3
|Photo Credit: Julie Ershadi - Playing FFXV on PSVR|
It was in the Playstation demo booths today that I had my first-ever VR experience. I signed up for a spot in line to play the VR demo of Final Fantasy XV, in which players and two NPC party members fought to take down a Behemoth, the franchise’s recurrent giant-evil- bull-thing enemy. When my turn came, the PSVR rep told me there was a fun little prize at the end if I managed to beat the encounter.
|Photo Credit: Julie Ershadi - PSVR Aim controller, which Sony claims will have 1:1 precision for shooter games.|
|Photo Credit: Julie Ershadi - PSVR headset inside a glass display case|
Smaller exhibitors, including Oculus, Vive, and others, also gave attendees a taste of their take on VR. Cubicle Ninjas, an Illinois-based design company, gave 10-minute demos of its visual meditation app, which can be used with a Samsung phone and VR headset.
When asked why they brought meditation to a video game convention, James Hanke, Cubicle Ninja’s marketing representative, said, “You wouldn’t think so, but studies have shown that American workers do not take a scheduled break as often as people of other nationalities do.” Probably true -- and with all the excitement at E3, a meditation break was sorely needed.