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FFD: Do you have VR Fomo – or is it all still a gimmick?

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I was once a VR sceptic. I really didn’t think it could be nearly as immersive, entertaining, or game-changing as pundits would have you believe. Over time, that view has softened – and while I’m still not completely sure than VR is ready for prime time, I’m certain that soon, it will be.

One of the biggest things that’ll help VR find its footing in the mainstream is PlayStation VR, which launched nearly worldwide yesterday. Its cost is nearly half that of the competing VR headsets and strikes a great balance between bleeding edge and affordability. It’s also not available here in South Africa, and it’s making me quite sad.

Here’s what Kinda Funny’s Colin Moriarty said on Twitter.

Yes, I’m suffering from extreme VR FOMO – the fear of missing out on something that very nearly feels like a revolution. Largely, I just want to play Rez the way it’s meant to be played. Sure, it seems like there are actually other great games that are worth playing. The Batman Arkham VR experience is intriguing, and RIGS: Mechanised combat seems like one of PSVR’s killer apps.

Who needs drugs? 

While I had fun with the Vive (and it is still technically superior), the PSVR is the better headset in many of the ways that matter – feeling like a premium, prime time device rather than an experiment. And I must have it. I must.

But instead we wait. Apparently until January 24.

I have extreme FOMO. Do you feel like you’re missing out?

 

Last Updated: October 14, 2016

63 Comments

  1. Pariah ???

    October 14, 2016 at 10:32

    Couldn’t care less. Until the experience becomes full-body and completely immersive, there’s no point. It needs a lot of time to mature.

    Reply

  2. Umar

    October 14, 2016 at 10:33

    No FOMO, but I know, if I should try it, that’ll change in an instant. So for now, I’m okay, I can watch porn the regular way in the meantime.

    Reply

  3. Admiral Chief

    October 14, 2016 at 10:41

    Indifferent, to be completely honest

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief

    October 14, 2016 at 10:41

    Star Trek holodeck or GTFO

    Reply

  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 14, 2016 at 10:41

    FOMO, until I try it.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      October 14, 2016 at 10:42

      Lol probably me too

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 14, 2016 at 10:45

        The Star Wars VR mission 🙁
        If EA makes a X-Wing VR game I’d have to break my EA embargo and take out a loan

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          October 14, 2016 at 10:49

          Drat, ditto

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          October 14, 2016 at 10:49

          STOP MAKING SENSE!!!!!!!!!

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 14, 2016 at 10:54

            XD

    • Admiral Chief

      October 14, 2016 at 10:42

      Do they make Deon-sized VR gear though?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 14, 2016 at 10:44

        It fits Jim Sterling and he’s a rather big lad

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief

          October 14, 2016 at 10:49

          But you have basket-hands

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 14, 2016 at 10:54

            *Looks at hands
            Why am I looking at my hands???

          • Admiral Chief

            October 14, 2016 at 11:00

            [Achievement unlocked]

  6. Ghost In The Rift

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42

    I don’t have the cash for these novelty items, still allot of development needed until then i still love my flat LED surface.

    Reply

    • Dane

      October 14, 2016 at 10:55

      Agree. VR is definitely not an “improvement” or “replacement” for any gaming device. It’s a different form of entertainment.

      Reply

  7. Original Heretic

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42

  8. Dutch Matrix

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42

    The thing that worries me: We get so lost just playing a game on a regular screen. What the hell is going to happen with VR? Chances are skelms will carry you and the bloody headset off without you knowing anything, or, more realistically speaking, they could rob you blind and you would ignorant to the fact.
    I’m sorry. No VR for me…

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    • Pariah ???

      October 14, 2016 at 10:48

      Paranoia cha cha cha, Paranoia cha cha cha.

      Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        October 14, 2016 at 10:49

        Paranoid or not. I am not sticking something on my face that will make me blind to the world around me.

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        • Pariah ???

          October 14, 2016 at 10:50

          You mean Student glasses?

          Reply

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 14, 2016 at 10:51

            Blind and ignorant are two seperate things. Ignorant and plain stupid even more so.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 14, 2016 at 10:52

          Have I agreed with you on something this week yet? I don’t want to do it twice.

          Reply

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 14, 2016 at 10:53

            Nah. I have been a bit quiet this week…

          • Admiral Chief

            October 14, 2016 at 10:53

            Quite quiet

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 14, 2016 at 10:54

            Quit while you are ahead… 😛

  9. Nikola

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42

    Honestly I thought it was a gimmick and was not interested BUT I played it at Rage and I am hooked like it works. You have to try it for you to make a decision on it, I can totally see it works and have fun with it for a loong time.

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  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 14, 2016 at 10:42

    I’m not missing out on a damn thing by not spending a damn fortune to strap a damn headset to my damn face for the sake of damn pointless “experiences” and excessive “immersion” that I don’t damn well want.
    http://i.makeagif.com/media/8-01-2015/bs1lQN.gif

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  11. Milesh Bhana

    October 14, 2016 at 10:51

    No FOMO.
    Dying to try it though, but can’t see it being something i’d actually want for home.

    i do want to see what “2nd gen” VR is like. When they stop concentrating on tech demos and get the thing wireless.

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  12. Dane

    October 14, 2016 at 10:52

    The only thing I know for sure is that I don’t have R5000 worth of fomo. But I do feel like I’m missing out on being one of the first to try it out.

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  13. Marius Nell

    October 14, 2016 at 10:54

    Was curious pre rAge but after playing Rigz and Rush of blood I am selling Kidneys to avoid FOMO plus by January there might be even more great games out by then. Bring on Fight Night VR

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 14, 2016 at 10:59

      HOLY SHIT WOULD I PLAY THE HELL OUT OF FIGHT NIGHT IN VR. GODDAMN

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        October 14, 2016 at 11:01

        lol

        Reply

  14. Archdruid Kromas

    October 14, 2016 at 10:56

    Can we change the topic?

    Should people use the term FOMO and YOLO and not get punched in the face?

    😛

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    • Pariah ???

      October 14, 2016 at 10:57

      That’s not really a debate. The answer is always yes. This is the FFD, so we need to pick a contested topic rather.

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      • Archdruid Kromas

        October 14, 2016 at 10:58

        I suppose you are right.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 14, 2016 at 10:58

        “Should people using the term FOMO and YOLO get punched in the face once or twice?”

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        • Pariah ???

          October 14, 2016 at 10:58

          Two’s company.

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        • Dane

          October 14, 2016 at 11:00

          “How many PKs should you give to a person who uses the term FOMO and YOLO?”

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          • Admiral Chief

            October 14, 2016 at 11:01

            42

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 11:01

            One for each letter left out?

  15. Geoffrey Tim

    October 14, 2016 at 10:58

    I NEEEEEEEEEED ITTTTTTTTTTT

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 14, 2016 at 11:00

      Nerd.

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      October 14, 2016 at 11:01

      [insert Spongebob meme]

      Reply

  16. VampyreSquirrel

    October 14, 2016 at 11:02

    Don’t know about FOMO but I wouldn’t say no if someone gave me a Vive with the new controllers.

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  17. Geoffrey Tim

    October 14, 2016 at 11:08

    EA CAN I GET A VR DEAD SPACE OKAY THANKS.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      October 14, 2016 at 11:11

      Poop in your pants eh?

      Reply

  18. Guild

    October 14, 2016 at 11:30

    I was skeptical and viewed it as a gimmick and I still think it is. I don’t think Gaming will head to mainly VR experiences. It’ll possibly become another experience with it’s own market if it doesn’t die out. That said I did play it at rAge and I definitely want one. I’ll wait a bit for the price to drop and some more games to launch with it before I buy one.

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  19. Deceased

    October 14, 2016 at 12:04

    Not a gimmick in my mind since the first time I tried it.
    No Fear Of Missing Out from my side, as I already know which games are geared towards a VR experience.

    ArmA
    SuperHot
    ClusterTruck
    Stranded Deep

    those are literally the first 4 games that popped into my head ( I’ve got a bunch more on my steam library ) that are excellent without VR – but VR will take them to the next level…

    Reply

  20. Guava_Eater

    October 14, 2016 at 12:05

    I still think it’s a gimmick. It will be something that only the guys who have money to burn will get. Maybe in a few more generations when it has improved and the cost has come down it can go mainstream.

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  21. Pieter Kruger

    October 14, 2016 at 12:53

    Just go onto Reddit and read some thoughts from early adaptors……not really earth shattering as “wonky” & “poor graphics” seems to be a universal theme…..

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  22. PC_Principal

    October 15, 2016 at 08:03

    A good way to get VR off the ground is if Oculus and other VR hardware developers standardize updates that make a previously released game compatible with VR. An example of what I mean is Minecraft: Gear VR edition. Take what they did to make it VR compatible, including the custom theater mode and stereoscopic 3D conversion, then make that into an easily applicable update to games that work similarly in terms of camera and movement. All developers would have to is create a theater mode in the theme of their game (which would be so cool) and apply the update. That could be a great way of flooding the VR market with AAA games while developers work on native VR games if necessary.

    Reply

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