The Kinect kinda came and went. (Playing video games while standing up and moving was a wonderful novelty but whoodathunk that it wouldn’t be sustainable?)
3D televisions? My goodness. Major manufacturers no longer make them. (Yet another wonderful novelty that didn’t really add anything. I think that Pixar’s short of “Day and Night” might be the only thing that I’ve seen that 3D added to and I can’t really think of anything else that benefitted significantly from 3D that wasn’t itself a demo of what 3D could do.)
Virtual Reality headsets have me wondering if they’re going to go the same way. There are a handful of cool aps that have come out for VR headsets… be Batman in Arkham VR (have you seen the dancing Batman video?), maybe? They’ve announced Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR is coming out next week so maybe those will be big hits… but Doom VFR came out this week and its reception is somewhat mixed.
Of course, some of that is due to the game being somewhat buggy (and dumb choices like “not supporting left-handed players”) and some more of that is due to the game not working on the Oculus Rift at launch (current conspiracy theory is that this is due to Zenimax owing $500 million to Bethesda with Bethesda seeming to be taking the attitude that “if you’re not going to pony up the cash, we at least can make sure that people won’t buy your product”).
VR doesn’t yet seem to have the killer ap that it needs to get half of everybody to say “okay, *NOW* I need one.”
And the clock’s ticking. The Oculus Rift dropped its price from $599 to $499 to $399 (touch controllers included). Without a killer ap, that’s not *THAT* far off from looking like a fire sale.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))