Virtual reality is closer to us than ever before. Eventually, it’s going to become part of the mainstream technology. There are already VR devices available to pre-order such as Oculus Rift from Facebook, PlayStation VR from Sony and Vive from HTC. These gadgets are going to change the reality as we know it, just like smartphones changed our way of interaction with each other. It happens a lot that couples sitting at the same table text each other instead of talking. We live in a crazy world, we need to be connected each and every second, and we can’t go anywhere without our mobile phones. Twenty years ago, it would have been very hard to imagine this kind f world. Nonetheless, we live inside it today, and we find it normal. As technology makes tremendous progress, everything around us evolves at a very rapid pace. Gadgets that didn’t exist five years ago are now mainstream. Just think about drones and sport and action video cameras. Only wealthy people could afford them when they first entered the market. Today you can get a drone for less than $50 and a camera for a similar amount. You can take aerial videos of cities and lakes without having to spend a fortune on equipment.

What’s going to happen with virtual reality in the future?


Future Immersive Training Environment

Marines from the 2d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, train with the Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE) Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) virtual reality system

This is what’s probably going to happen to VR technology. Once the experimentation stage is over, virtual reality will play a major role in many areas of our lives, from medicine to learning and building roads. The only barrier could be the high price of this technology, but lots of early adopters are going to be willing to invest in the new gadgets. In time, prices are probably going to decrease to a level where almost everybody is going to afford one of these toys. If you think back to the beginnings of cell phones, you may recall the huge prices and the very high rates per minute of call. Today, most carriers offer plans with unlimited minutes and SMS messages, decent internet and free or cheap smartphones. This is probably going to happen with virtual reality in the future. These headsets are going to become less and less expensive, to the point where even children are going to find them under the Christmas tree.

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There are some signals that virtual reality is going to play a huge role in our future. For instance, the fact that Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, decided to buy Oculus VR is nothing but a signal this technology is going to become mass market sooner or later. The biggest challenge is that computers in most households have relatively low performance graphic cards. They aren’t a good fit for virtual reality apps, so the VR user would also need to invest in a computer with a high-end graphic card.

This is why virtual reality will probably have to wait a few more years before becoming affordable. Estimations show that most computers are going to have powerful graphics cards in five or six years from now. As older computers become obsolete, their owners are going to seek for replacements. They are going to buy the new computers, featuring those cards that can handle virtual reality without any problems. That should be the moment when almost every geek would consider buying a VR headset.

Once here, virtual reality is going to bring novelty into many areas of our life. For instance, we may be able to pay a virtual visit to restaurants before checking in for real. doctors might be capable to investigate and diagnose us in the virtual space, via a dedicate app. The dating world is also going to use VR a lot. We are going to be able to have any kind of experience we want, without putting our lives in danger, and without leaving our chairs. This is probably going to be the end of our modern civilization as we know it. Nonetheless, the new world may develop a social dimension very hard to imagine today. This can become the normality of the future, and we’ll adapt to it slowly but surely. Today’s newborns will embrace it naturally as that’s going to be the only world they know.