Dean Hall, creator of DayZ, thinks that Virtual Reality devices could be as accessible as the likes of the Nintendo Wii. However, he also said that nothing is certain, and discussed potential challenges that VR may face.
Dean mentioned that the VR’s accessibility could put it in a good position as an entrance point to more casual gamers, similar to the concept of the Wii. He also mentioned that he sees VR as a “very expensive Wii” and said that the success of the Wii was down to the low cost, simple and fun aspects of the console.
“In reality I see this as a very expensive Wii, the Wii was successful because it offered simple, fun, approachable experiences at a low cost.”
He also discussed that the challenge that VR headsets could face is jumping from byte-size demo games to full blown Virtual Reality titles. He also offered a word of warning to studios investing large amounts on new technology.
“I fear some studios are so swept up with the possibilities of VR they’re putting everything into it when we don’t know anything about the VR game market. How many people will be buying VR games? And how much will they pay?”
Although VR could be as accessible as the Wii, it comes with an expensive price tag, meaning it will be less accessible to those not willing to spend a small fortune on it.
Last year Miyamoto explained that Nintendo have no current plans to jump on the VR bandwagon, as he felt that the VR did not fit with Nintendo’s current philosophy.