While there’s plenty of noise about VR in the tech industry, it’s hard to get a handle on how it’s evolving and what it’ll spell for gamers in the years to come.

To learn more, I spoke to Frank Soqui, Intel’s GM for basic absoluteness gaming, about the future of VR and alternate ball at this year’s Intel Extreme Masters esports clash in Katowice, Poland.


The aggregation has been advance in developing abundant technologies for advancing VR experiences, including physics engines and AI, as well as Project Alloy – a advertence design for an all-in-one angle that cuts the cord and packs all the all-important accretion firepower into a wearable device that could be less bulky than those from the accepted generation.


Soqui, a 35-year adept at the company, believes that the anarchy will begin with the beholder acquaintance before it changes the way we absolutely play.

TNW: Where does VR fit into the world of esports?
Soqui: Primarily, and conceivably the easiest way of accepting there, would be from an admirers perspective. So the catechism is, how do you get audiences to absorb online the acquaintance they want to see in esports? Take a look at Sliver.TV’s tech for 360-degree video advantage at live esports events? There are a lot of such technologies in the works – cartoon the admirers closer to the live experience, as well as into the game.

The other side of it is VR esports. VR is still fairly new; I don’t think the acceptable esports players will move anon to aggressive VR games, but rather we’ll likely see a whole new audience for esports that’s interested in a whole new area of gaming. It’s going to be a whole lot more social and collaborative.

TNW: I have my anxiety about that; for one thing, I’m not absolutely sold on 360-degree video technologies that merely give you more ascendancy over seeing the space in which esports competitions are being held (like at a stadium, where you can see the admirers and the players). I am, however, absorbed in tech that brings assemblage into the actual game environment.

My second affair has to do with the almost 45-minute limit on how long you can physically wear a VR headset, both as a player and a spectator. Do you see that alteration in the near future?
Soqui: When there’s a acute experience, I think that the time spent cutting a angle becomes less relevant. Industrial design is going to become much more important as VR tech advances, in order to make the accessories more adequate to wear over continued periods of time.
I heard about a angle that LG showed off at GDC which looks absorbing from an ergonomics angle (the front of the angle flips up, so you don’t have to take it off to see things around you); Sony’s PlayStationVR angle is also advised for comfort. I think people are convalescent rapidly on what’s already out there.

The first set of headsets we’ve seen were rushed to get the acquaintance out there, to test if they’re immersive enough (we’re starting to prove that it is), and how long can we sustain this – and that speaks to both, the agreeable accessible and the wearability of the hardware. I think, every division or so, I’m seeing some new advance in the ergonomics, so you’re not as fatigued. And on the agreeable front, people are developing a wide range of software, from snack-sized adventures that take up only 10-20 account to games that you can play for as long as you want. It’s up to users at the end of the day. And what’s great about this space is that people are acutely vocal; if something’s not alive out, we hear about it anon and you can be sure it’s going to be fixed.

TNW: Have you seen any VR games that bring in some level of antagonism that might advance into absolute esports titles?
Soqui: Survios’ Raw Data is a collaborative game. I’ve seen early versions of it that affection player vs. player, as well as in accommodating play and assorted team play. So those are possibly the ancestry of aggressive games in VR.

TNW: PC-based VR adventures are anon much more immersive than those accessible on mobile devices, thanks to better cartoon and a larger field of view. What’s being done to take things to the next level?
Soqui: There’s a lot of effort being put into developing wireless accessories that free you from being tied to a PC, more angle affectation panels for better viewing, and better audio (integrated with the headset), voice-based ascendancy schemes,  and eye tracking tech (that’s already on notebooks) that will help make my concrete interactions direct the VR adventures more naturally.

Another thing is using more cameras to do things like acceptance you to see the concrete world around you after taking off the angle (say, if you pause an absorbing horror game that’s starting to feel like a bit much), and also to allow you to use your hands for interacting with the VR space.

TNW: Last year, you talked about how the future of VR is in haptics (among other things). Can you talk about what developments you’ve seen in that space since, and what you’re assured on that front?
Soqui: I’m seeing more simplistic experiments, like hand-and-glove controls, and beating acknowledgment for assorted parts of your body (bullet to the chest). I’m assured to see sensors anchored in clothing, for two reasons. The first appliance of that would be to feel sensations like when, for example, addition taps you on the accept – that kind of thing can make you feel like you’re really in that space you’re seeing.

The second application, the bidirectional one, would be – I’ll use a simplistic example: Say you’re under a zombie attack and your heart’s absolutely racing. The game can sense your heart rate and conceivably reduce the number of zombies that spawn in that level. Or, say there’s a horde of zombies and your heart’s not racing at all – we could put in a bunch more zombies in that case.

This is where i see things going with haptics: Not only introducing new sensations based on what’s accident in the VR experience, but also having my reactions in the game advice into how the game interacts with me. And the reason I like that kind of use of bogus intelligence being brought into games is that it keeps things fresh. My reactions change the way the game plays, so it’ll never be the same a second time around.

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