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Virtual Reality Steals The Show For Gamers At E3

Virtual Reality Steals The Show For Gamers At E3

Virtual reality has come a long way over the past few years. So far, in fact, that it may make its way into the average consumer's home in the very near future.

This week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles showcased the new technology's growing popularity as Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), Sony Corp (NYSE: SNE) and Facebook Inc.'s (NASDAQ: FB) Oculus showed off their versions of the latest gaming trend.

Oculus Hits The Ground Running

Of the three virtual reality leaders, Oculus is the clear front runner as the only company to have a consumer version ready for sale.

The company saw gaming enthusiasts come to E3 in droves to try the headset at the Oculus booth this week. So far, the technology has received an overwhelmingly positive reception from gamers.

Microsoft And Sony Play Catch Up

Microsoft and Sony also revealed their own virtual reality experiences, called the HoloLens and Morpheus respectively, though neither is ready for sale just yet. 

While the HoloLens allows users to see holograms within their own environment, Morpheus provides a fully immersive virtual reality experience.

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Gaming Platforms Could Have The Edge

CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told The Wall Street Journal that he sees gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 having the upper hand in the virtual reality space.

Although Oculus is compatible with Windows 10, House said the company will run into problems making the headset compatible with users running different versions on different PCs. For Morpheus, the experience only has to be designed around the PlayStation platform, allowing for smoother game play and easier integration for consumers.

While users may have to learn an entirely new system in order to play a game using an Oculus headset, Morpheus will allow them to play using a console they already own and are familiar with.

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