It’s no big secret that we’ve been fairly critical of the virtual reality market and its future potential. Earlier this year at CES, one of the key trends we were on the lookout for was how VR would advance itself and prove to the consumer that it’s a worthwhile and affordable investment. As we left to take an up-close look at our first E3 event in several years, it was much the same. Gaming, for sure, has been the major driver of VR thus far, but the questions still persisted as we made our way out to LA: Could VR take a step forward, and can it become more affordable.
To the latter point, at least we now have a precedent in lower-priced but still decent quality VR experiences in the Oculus Go, which launched about a month prior to E3 opening its doors.
As for taking a step forward, VR still seems to be a category very much grounded in the gaming space. That’s not the best news for VR as a whole, but it certainly made a show like E3 a very worthwhile experience.