Ready Player One – Virtual Reality between Reality and Fiction

Virtual Reality will receive an upswing in public perception with the film version of Ernest Cline’s bestseller Ready Player One. The video game adventure, which was realized by Steven Spielberg, takes place in futuristic Oklahoma City, where virtual reality and augmented reality merge into the so-called Oasis.

Ready Player One Trailer (Source: Warner Bros)


In this vision of the future, almost every aspect of our daily lives is transferred into the virtual world; how we learn, work and enjoy ourselves. If you now believe that such a world is still far away, deceive you. The hype around the game Second Life some years ago has shown that the players are quite ready to put their complete focus on a virtual life.

Ready Player One vs VR Technology Today

Technologically, too, we are not so far from our own oasis in the field of virtual reality. The players in Ready Player One have a simple VR headset and tactile gloves. We have long reached this point of hardware, but the more complex systems with full body suits and immersion rigs are already part of the technological development of virtual reality.


Gaming with Virtuix Omni (Source: Virtuix Omni)


The aim of current virtual reality research is to convey as realistic an experience as possible, as close to reality as possible. This includes not only seeing with the headset, but especially the inclusion of all senses.

Total immersion, as in Ready Player One, is more tangible than you think – and in a few years we could have our own Oasis.


Post Image: Ready Player One

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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