Coronavirus could be catalyst to reinvigorate virtual reality headsets

More than 90% of Americans are locked in their houses for more than a month now. They are finally finding that just Netflix and watching movies cannot be a life worth enjoying. Gloom is setting in. During this period, tech companies are finally developing demands for VR handsets. It seems like VR handsets can bring a new revolution during this lockdown period. Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, had once mentioned that VR is going to change the world one day. Maybe the time is now.

Kirk Soderquist, a partner at Perkins Coie, a law firm which focuses on the interactive entertainment media, has said: “It’s a little early to tell if people are having more virtual reality experiences now, but I think this crisis could jump-start interest in it. I think we may look back on this and see it as an inflection point for the sector.”

Virtual Reality, as the name suggests, transports people from one reality to a completely new reality. This new reality can be a physical one, or it can be a simulated reality. With the help of a VR handset, you can actually go on tour to national parks or museums. It would be possible for you to go up Mount Everest with the Everest VR, swim with whales with TheBlu, or even explore the Mars surface with the Titans of Space.

The expensive handsets may not be a popular buy for people, but there is a possibility that this tech will enchant them now and create a demand. Tech companies have failed to create that demand among people. On top of everything, VR is not just limited to travel. It can even be used in automotive manufacturing, education, or health sectors. Actually, about $19 billion has been spent by these sectors on VR technology.

Quite surprisingly, gaming has not turned up as the most popular section that VR caters to.

This time, we might be looking for a change with this pandemic.

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