Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality: What Is the Future of Gaming?

Updated on October 11, 2016
Gaming industry keeps developing nowadays
Gaming industry keeps developing nowadays

Gaming industry never remains the same. All changes that happen in the world of online technologies are reflected in this sphere as well. While the notion of virtual reality has already become habitual for billions of gaming fans across the globe, the term “augmented reality” is still new and unexplored. At the same time, both virtual and augmented reality drive the attention of the industry specialists and users, who are looking for the enhanced gaming experience and new options that will deliver unforgettable emotions. That being said, it makes sense to discuss the notions of virtual and augmented reality to find out the difference between them.

Virtual reality makes gaming engaging and thrilling
Virtual reality makes gaming engaging and thrilling

Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality: Essence and Characteristics

Virtual reality implies artificial simulation of real-life activities and surroundings, which are generated by computers and seem very realistic. When playing VR games, users feel a part of the gaming process. This effect is the result of using special devices like three-dimensional (or 3D) glasses, gaming consoles, gloves and what not. These devices and accessories come with sensors that record the movements of users, react to them and create the virtual world that resembles the real one. Apart from creating the real-life environment, these devices stimulate the hearing and vision of gamers, making them believe that they actually take part in the gaming process and can affect everything that is going on around them. Virtual reality is created by means of using a special coding language called “Virtual Reality Modeling Language” or VRML. The language is applied to develop 3D objects and build interactions between them.

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality uses computer-generated objects to implement them into real-life situations and surroundings. This makes it possible to interact with these objects, which makes gaming experience more realistic as compared to VR. As of today, augmented reality is applied by large tech or IT companies like AppReal, which develop mobile and online applications. Experts underline that implementing the technique in the process of app development contributes to better perception of the gaming surroundings by the users. In this respect, the specialists consider augmented reality a better and more profitable investment than virtual reality. This is what makes the technology stand out from the crowd.

Augmented reality has changed the perception of the real world
Augmented reality has changed the perception of the real world

What Is the Connection?

To some extent, virtual reality and augmented reality reflect the essence of each other. VR uses computer-generated surroundings to create real-life feelings, while AR applies virtual elements as a part of the real world. Both options belong to the same technology types and provide an advanced gaming environment that is not available in real life situations. They are used not only in the entertainment and gaming industries, but in other spheres of human activity as well. This especially concerns business, healthcare, employee training, science and what not. No wonder, top tech companies use these technologies to develop applications and products that ensure enhanced gaming experience.

Virtual reality and augmented reality have distinctive features
Virtual reality and augmented reality have distinctive features

What About the Differences?

Although, virtual reality and augmented reality have much in common, there are still notable differences between the technologies. The major difference is the purpose of their application. While virtual reality creates the computer-generated and managed environment, augmented reality applies versatile virtual elements, like digital sensations, images, graphics and other objects to help users interact with the world they actually live in.

Another difference is in the method of application of both technologies. To become a part of the virtual world, a user should use special devices and accessories (like 3D glasses or gloves, for example). When it comes to augmented reality, the technology is implemented primarily on mobile devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones etc.) through the installation of applications developed for this purpose.

By the way, in many cases, the developers of online apps and virtual reality games combine the features of both technologies to ensure the unsurpassed gaming experience. The variety of such games and apps keeps increasing these days. So, it’s close to impossible to tell, what technique will be on the top of the list in the nearest future.

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