Eqtr @ SxSW 2015 - Football's going virtual

Our Development Director, David Petrie, is blown-away by the emerging use of VR technology in top level football.

As you would imagine, the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) system has been the focus of much attention at this year’s SXSW.

Walking around the many exhibitor stands at the Gaming Expo you can see and try many excellent games built using this system, and there is no doubt it takes gaming to a whole other level.

Excited by what I had seen, I was curious to find out more about the future direction of the technology and learn about applications and opportunities out with gaming.

To my delight, there was a talk entitled “Explore the future of Virtual Reality with Oculus” presented by none other than Palmer Luckey, VR visionary and founder of Oculus, Nate Mitchell, VP of Production at Oculus, and Ryan Brown Oculus Hardware Engineer.

Listening to the challenges that the team have encountered along the way, the solutions they developed and the future developments they are working on was both interesting and insightful. However, I have to admit that I came away bit disappointed.

Having fielded many audience questions on future direction and the competition posed by emerging technologies such as Microsoft Lens, it was clearly evident that Palmer and the team at Oculus have very little interest, in the short term at least, in anything other than gaming applications.

Accepting that my interest in other Oculus Rift applications would need to be researched through other avenues I decided to attend the talk entitled “Acing the Sports Game with Oculus Rift” presented by senior employees from VR sports company Triple IT Robert Overweg, Lead Concept and Innovation, and Jordi Bruin, Technical VR Lead.