Likens rise of VR tech to rise of smartphones.
By Tim Colwill on April 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney isn’t being coy about his hopes for the future of virtual reality, describing it as “a technology that will influence every game and every platform.”.
“It’s technology that I think will completely change the world,” said Sweeney to Polygon. “I think It’s going to be a bigger phenomenon than smartphones.”
“You have to put it in perspective and realize we’re in maybe the [first-generation] iPhone stage right now where you have this really cool device, but it has some real flaws that prevents it from being a pervasive device for everyone.”
Sweeney added that although the audience might seem small now, it would keep growing “until eventually you’re going to reach a critical point where you can put on one of these devices and have an experience that is effectively indistinguishable from reality.”
Epic Games announced a VR title for the Oculus Rift at this year’s GDC called Couch Knights, built in Unreal Engine 4, which is pictured above. The game takes place in a living room scene, where action figures come to life and battle.