Should there be more virtual reality racing games?


It would be pretty cool to see titles from the Gran Turismo, Outrun and the Grid series included on the PlayStation VR or the Oculus Rift.  When it comes down to racing games virtual reality could prove to be a wonderful experience for people who want to learn how to drive prior to actually receiving their driver’s licenses.  The idea of having popular racing titles included as virtual reality games for the PlayStation VR or the Oculus Rift in the future is one that seems profitable on the surface for video game companies that specialize in this genre of gaming.  For decades gamers around the world have played racing titles in first or third person for various consoles including Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Gamecube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.   Even though, the quality of racing games has improved dramatically since the 80’s the experience that players will receiving through virtual reality will be unlike anything they have ever seen.

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The inclusion of racing titles for virtual reality is one that could be revolutionary for that particular genre of gaming.  Seeing old arcade classics on the PlayStation VR or the Oculus Rift is something that retro gamers have dreamed of since the 90’s and the 00’s.  While the idea of making popular racing titles playable for virtual reality sounds amazing in theory it would probably be difficult implement in practice for video game developers.   Also, there is the question on how old school classics would do if they became playable virtual reality games in terms of sales.   If games for the Gran Turismo and the Forza Horizon became playable virtual reality titles both Microsoft Studios and Polyphony Digital could receive enormous commercial success if they are marketed the right way.   In terms of popularity virtual reality may be what the racing genre of gaming needs in order to reach the level of recognition that it had during the early 00’s.

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