Wing Commander and Deus Ex director Warren Spector dubious of VR technology

Games industry veteran labels virtual reality “a fad”

Warren Spector, who worked on classic PC games such as Wing Commander and Deus Ex, has criticised virtual reality tech and believes it won’t make it big.

"I’ve been pretty consistent in my belief that VR is a fad," he told GamesIndustry.

"I think it’ll generate some interest among the hardcore gamers. And I see amazing possibilities in VR for social media and virtual meetings and training and crazy stuff like dealing with phobias. But for entertainment? I’m just not seeing it. I don’t think most humans want to look stupid (everyone looks stupid in a VR headset) and they don’t want to isolate themselves from the world.

"I mean, if someone’s sneaking up behind me with a baseball bat, I want to know about it, you know what I mean? And let’s not talk about nausea.

He added: "It’s weird, I worked on a couple of games that supported available VR headsets back in the ’90s and I was really jazzed about it. Now, I’m kind of over it.

"AR, on the other hand – that seems pretty exciting. There’s some potential there. Even the low-hanging fruit of AR gaming seems compelling. Bring on the AR."

Spector’s comments come following video game trade show E3, where Microsoft made some announcements in the VR space and AMD even unveiled its own gaming PC. Check out our roundup of E3 2015 news here.

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