Virtual Reality isn’t another 3D TV, says Epic Games boss

By Stephany Nunneley
11 March 2015 19:54 GMT

Epic boss Tim Sweeney doesn’t feel Virtual Reality will quickly fall out of favor with consumers, unlike tech such as 3D TV.


Speaking with Game Informer, Sweeney said VR fills the immersion gap 3D could never seem to leap.

“Unless you are standing in one magical position, the moment you go beyond just a 2D image on a screen your brain circuits kick in that this is supposed to be reality and if it is not perfect it is incredibly jarring,” he said.

“With VR you are in that one magical position, your eyes are properly located relative to the screen so you have to control of each frame of the image for every viewer of the game which does not happen with a lot of people sitting in a theater and so it can be done perfectly.”

Sweeney said the only thing stopping VR from perfecting immersion, is hardware latency and the resolution of the screen. This also applies to the quality of the objects, all of which he feels will be improved over time.

“These are human engineering parameters that will be improved over time,” he said. “I think we will be at a point where in ten years the quality of the hardware and the polish it has achieved will be so high that it will be genuinely indistinguishable from reality.”

You can read the full interview through the link.

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