Steven Spielberg Predicts Console-Free Virtual Reality Gaming Future

Famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg has looked into his crystal ball and has seen what's to come: Virtual reality gaming. It's the 1980s all over again!

"Now we're all playing at home and someday we'll be playing directly on our TV sets, bypassing all of the platforms," says Spielberg. The director, who says he's a PC gamer more than anything else, wants to see 3D games developed for "a real three-dimensional experience".

"And after that, will certainly be virtual reality, which just like 3D came and went in the 1950s, and now it's here to stay in movies," he continues. "I really think virtual reality, which experimentally came and went in the eighties, is going to be redeveloped, just like 3D is being redeveloped today, and that's going to be the new platform for our gaming future."

For the director, home consoles will go "the way of the Dodo bird".

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    Annnnnd most people won't adopt the VR system unless it's presented to them in an affordable, easy-to-manage platform, ie. a console.

    I don't think Speilberg's in the position to predict the future of gaming, as much as I'd like to see VR happen, I still think the whole idea of consoles' simplicity and useability for computer illiterates is something that won't disappear anytime soon.

    I'm a PC gamer foremost, but I can see the value for consoles for the layman, and immensely enjoy them myself. But all I see VR happening as in the meantime is something analogous to the current '3d gaming' we're starting to see make a comeback on PC's. Even that needs dedicated hardware (monitor) which is inhibitive to all but the most enthusiastic adopters.

    If he's talking a few decades? Maybe so, we'll have to wait and see.

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