Think you’ve seen everything VR has to offer? Unless you were at ChinaJoy 2016 last week, we really doubt that’s true.
We knew that Sony’s PlayStation VR headset would be at the massive event, complete with a press conference, but VR’s showcase goes far beyond that. Famitsu has rounded up all of the VR experiences it could find on the show floor and the results, frankly, are incredible.
There were countless headsets on display at the event, many of which were powered by mobile phones. It wasn’t the headsets themselves that were most interesting, however, Famitsu has an ocean of images to explore, but below we’ve picked some of the most fascinating ones taken by the site, showing ways in which people experienced VR at ChinaJoy 2016.
This thing looks absolutely terrifying. Seemingly made for amusement parks, it essentially tosses the user around in, according to a translation, a “violent” fashion. Let’s hope this one stays in China.
This thing looks like it could be pretty intense. We’re guessing the objects protruding from the headset – which seems to be an Oculus Rift DK2 – allow for roomscale tracking, but the user is taking hold of a turret and seemingly locked in combat.
No idea what’s going on here; perhaps some sort of fitness experience? We only say that because there’s a bike just above and they could be doing stomach crunches or something. Either that or it’s the coolest sci-fi racing experience ever.
The Vive was there with what looks to be a sci-fi shooter of some sort in which the player has free movement in a limited area. We certainly hope the tracking area was properly tuned; we’d hate to go running into those barriers.
Now this looks very cool. It doesn’t seem to be interactive in any way as no one is holding a controller, but sitting in a tank as it charges through a battlefield could be an incredibly unique experience.
Remember the Pico Neo? It was on display with what looks to be a futuristic racer of some kind.
Sadly it doesn’t look like anyone was around to try this one but it’s pretty clear to see what you do: hop into a boat and paddle away. Because replicating back-breaking modes of transport is what VR does best.
That’s just a handle of the VR experiences that were on display at ChinaJoy. We’d love to go hands-on with some of these ourselves, but, unless someone gets really good at that paddle boat, we doubt they’ll be making it overseas any time soon.