Hardly anyone will be surprised to hear virtual reality is nowhere near proper realism just yet. Although the first generation of HMDs can create a beautiful environment, the “neat” edges and contours just aren’t there. It will take some time until this changes. According to NVIDIA, it may take another two decades to achieve this goal.

Realistic Virtual Reality Will Take Many Years

Whenever predictions like these are made public, they need to be taken with a grain of salt. It is evident NVIDIA is a respected entity in the world of video games and design. However, stating how it will take about 20 years to create proper virtual reality worlds seems a stretch too far. Then again, if the current level of technology is any indication, the company may not be that far off in the end.

It is of the utmost importance players such as NVIDIA shape the future of VR. The company’s GPUs are powering nearly every machine hooked up to a VR headset right now. Unfortunately, there is a lot of factors holding virtual reality adoption back right now. The resolution displayed by HMDs, for example, will remain a point of critique for quite some time to come. Addressing this problem is not all that easy. The displays limit how many pixels they can present.

That being said, creating a realistic digital world requires a lot more pixels to be displayed by the GPUs as well. These pixels will also need to be mapped out properly in an affordable manner. It will take a few more generations of graphics card until that can even become a reality. Even then, it remains to be seen whether or not the other hardware can catch up by then.

It is worth noting NVIDIA is working hard on coming up with additional technological solutions to reduce the amount of time needed to achieve this goal. Then again, this also requires research and development, which is something one cannot rush. Virtual reality worlds look OK for now, but people who value graphical quality will be sorely disappointed. That will not change in the near future, unfortunately.

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