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Could Star Wars Hold the Killer App in VR Gaming?

With virtual reality headsets being released this year, 2106 is going to be a big year for gaming. The main VR contenders for this year would be the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC VIVE. At the moment, virtual reality hasn’t had the best start. The price for the Oculus Rift has surprised and angered many gamers across the internet, leaving us to wait and see if PlayStation VR and the HTC VIVE will be as expensive.

While the price of the headsets is important, another thing that is equally important is the games available to them. There is a wide selection of games already announced for VR headsets, but none of them seem like a system seller. There hasn’t been a game announced yet that could really tempt people to buy a VR headset. Well, I think I have the game that could really drive sales for VR headsets, and it comes from a galaxy far far away…

Star Wars Hoth

Star Wars is a franchise that is beloved by millions of people across the world. It has been nearly 40 years since the original film has come out and in that time, it has become one of the biggest franchises ever made. With Star Wars being the juggernaut that it is, we have seen the franchise break off into other mediums, one being gaming. There have many good and bad Star Wars games over the years, but one that could be truly amazing to play would be a virtual reality Star Wars game. Imagine, playing a VR game where you are thrown into the cockpit of an X-wing, and you are flying through the trenches of the Death Star. Or you are flying a snowspeeder, shooting at AT-AT’s on Hoth. There are many battles in the Star Wars universe that gamers would love to play out, and so much more that can be made for a VR game.

And this is why a Star Wars VR game would work so well. There are many iconic battles in the Star Wars universe to that would work brilliantly in virtual reality. Games have already been released that allowed gamers to this, but one thing they lacked was immersion. With virtual reality, game devs could deliver on this immersion that has been lacking in so many Star Wars games. And personally, if EA announced tomorrow that they are making a Star Wars X-wing game for virtual reality, I would definitely pick up a VR headset to give the game a try, and I have a feeling I wouldn’t be only the person to do this.

So what do you think? Would a virtual reality Star Wars game be able to drive VR headset sales? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aspiring writer, that is trying to get into video game journalism. Very enthusiastic about gaming and fond of anything that is nerdy.

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