Most of us grew up imagining VR as first-person simulations. Whether it was trading virtual gunfire, exploring fantastic worlds you’d never see in real life or chatting with people who only exist inside a computer, the VR of our dreams was always a first-person experience. It turns out our imaginations were onto something, as that’s where today’s VR is indeed the most magical. It’s also where the stellar HTC Vive leaps past its competitors.
Mobile, gamepad-based and third-person VR can work better than you might expect. But in VR games where you’re sitting down with a gamepad in your hand, there’s a disconnect between physical and virtual.