On Joe Rogan’s latest fight companion podcast for UFC Fight Night 92 on Saturday night, the color commentator couldn’t wait to tell all about his first experience with Vive, a virtual reality headset for the PC made by HTC and Valve, which was released earlier this year.
Rogan’s friend and fellow comedian Duncan Trussel gave him the opportunity to try out a boxing game in VR, and he came away hyped for the future of fight training and virtual reality in general.
The VR movement has the potential to quite literally be a gamechanger, not only in the video game industry, but in many other walks of life too.
For instance, other sporting organizations, including the NBA, have already experimented with beaming live 360 degree, 3d, fully immersive of basketball matches to VR headsets, which could give everyone a court-side seat at the game, and it’s not hard to imagine a time in the future when leading MMA organizations could follow suit.
At the present time Oculus Rift and Vive on PC, together with Samsung Gear VR on mobile are leading the charge as far as VR headsets go, though Playstation VR is also set to hit the market later this year.
The technology is still at a formative stage however, with things like the kind of HD quality visuals we expect from our TV’s and monitor’s not yet present in VR due to the level of processing power that would take to render.
The future for this kind of technology looks very bright indeed though, and by the sounds of things Rogan is going to be on-board for the ride!
Virtual reality is the shit! I was at @duncantrussell's house yesterday for his awesome podcast and he indoctrinated me into the world of virtual reality with his HTC VIVE. This is me spazzing out playing a boxing game. There's a bunch of archery games too and one of them I played until my arms were sore. The experience is incredible and the archery game was probably the most fun I've ever had playing a video game.