Imagine a world where you can choose exactly what you look like and what you do. How about climbing Mount Everest with Batman…? That is just the world Steven Spielberg created for his latest sci-fi flick, Ready Player One. The movie takes place in 2045, where most people use a multiplayer simulation game called Oasis to escape the daily grind. But how realistic is this scenario today? Let’s see…
Virtual reality at your fingertips
While current technology is still playing catch-up to Spielberg’s imagination, there’s still enough out there to experience bits and pieces of the movie. The Google Cardboard provides a basic experience of virtual reality, allowing you to visit new places or fly through space from your couch. For this budget-friendly version of VR, all you’ll need is your phone and the cardboard device, then simply download your games of choice and get started.
For a more immersive VR experience, get your hands on one of the more sophisticated VR consoles in the market. HTC Vive is the dominant player, providing the best VR experience with intuitive controls – and you can even play the Ready Player One Oasis Beta. The PlayStation VR, on the other hand, is an affordable introduction to quality VR. Just plug the device into the console and off you go to your virtual world.
For this budget-friendly version of the VR, all you’ll need is your phone and the cardboard device, then simply download your games of choice and get started.
Drones are everywhere in Ready Player One’s real world, used for everything from delivering food to tailing and identifying people. OK, so we don’t currently stalk people with drones, but we do have Dominos, Alibaba and Amazon testing them for delivery and of course, plenty of social media hounds use drones for awesome overhead Insta-worthy snaps.
With technology evolving faster than you can whoosh through virtual reality, we may not have to wait until 2045 to experience the futuristic world depicted in the movie…