One term technology enthusiasts often like to use is “killer app.” Every new innovation needs its groundbreaking feature to ensure mainstream adoption. For virtual reality, finding that killer app could prove to be rather difficult, as it seemingly doesn’t exist yet. Moreover, very few people seem to have any clue as to what such a project should entail in the first place.
Finding The VR Killer App is Difficult
It is evident it takes years for new technology to fully come to fruition. Although virtual reality has been around for several decades, consumers are still showing little interest in this concept right now. High prices, lack of content, and a generally unappealing environment will not bode well for the future of VR technology. That is, unless something so radical comes along that everyone will wish they owned a VR headset a lot sooner.
This creates an interesting discussion among virtual reality technology aficionados. There is no such thing as a killer app for VR just yet, although it may be presented to the world at any given time. It is virtually impossible to gauge what consumers hope and expect when they think of a VR environment. For a lot of people, entertainment is the main focus, whereas others want productivity or a professional use case. Catering to all of these needs at the same time is not an easy task by any means.
One could argue virtual reality itself is the killer app the ecosystem needs. Having the ability to enter a virtual world on demand from the comfort of your own home is quite appealing. However, not everyone sees it that way, which is more than understandable. Moreover, to some people the virtual reality environment is anything but appealing, which theoretically can’t make it the killer app this ecosystem so direly needs. These are still the early stages of development after all.
Rest assured virtual reality will find its killer app in the future. How this will be achieved remains to be seen at this point in time, though. It will take time until people fully understand what virtual reality brings to the table and what the technology can achieve. Moreover, you have to keep in mind the killer app for VR can mean entirely different things for different users. There is no “one” use case to rule them all right now, nor will there ever be.
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