Will Virtual Reality Revive The Desktop Computer Market?

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Virtual reality is the perfect accessory for users who want that sense of being immersed in the environment. It could be a hit for gaming, but also for the desktop computer as it requires a high amount of computing power, especially on the graphics card.

Virtual reality on smartphones like Samsung’s Gear VR or Google Cardboard, is attempting to bring virtual reality with just your smartphone’s computing, but it won’t be as powerful or immersive as the Oculus or HTC Vive that is designed for high powered gaming that will give the user a more immersive feel.

Samsung Gear VR

Samsung Gear VR

Not only will it benefit gaming, but businesses may too, especially engineers and designers. They can immerse themselves in their product to get a sense of what their hard work will be like. It is best to use a desktop computer with HTC Vive or Oculus if you want that rich virtual reality experience backed by a powerful desktop computer.

VR Developments

Ever since Oculus Rift started development in 2013, the public has been extremely interested about using this technology in gaming. Larger tech companies have emerged since, such as HTC came out with the Vive. Sony’s recent announcement regarding the release date of their new virtual reality accessory for the Playstation 4 have created a bigger market for this industry.

Nvidia’s newly announced Geforce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 video cards is allowing virtual reality to become reality, much faster. Desktop computer support for it will truly benefit.

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Playstation VR

Virtual Reality gaming is going to become an international phenomenon in the near future, you should be prepared. In fact, it has started as this year’s E3 2016 Conference demonstrated virtual reality gaming content and the future of it like the Project Scorpio console for Xbox.

With smartphones, tablets, and mobile notebooks being mainstream, desktop computing has been pushed aside. Desktop computers are now levitating for use in the niche markets such as hardcore gaming, enterprise, and developer machines. Mobile technology is so advanced these days that most people could live with a smartphone, and a tablet for entertainment.

Ten years ago, it was a totally different picture. Tablets were just a dream, and came in the form of a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) – Palm versus Pocket PC. They were also slow and were not very responsive as a touch interface. A desktop computer was the most important computing machine and was on everyone’s desk. Today, its a laptop on every desk, and soon a tablet on every desk. But the desktop could soon make a comeback with the need for a powerful machine for virtual reality.

Steve is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. He is a technology expert who takes a unique perspective by blending humanity, technology, and business. He visions that there are many untapped technology products that have yet to emerge, and plans to explore those ideas with you in his articles. Steve is currently working toward his Bachelor of Commerce while simultaneously juggling work and his passion in writing.