Virtual Reality Gaming Flourishes in E3 2017

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Virtual Reality Gaming Flourishes in E3 2017

Gaming fans wear VR goggles to play “Echo Arena” from Oculus on day two of E3 2017. (Image: AFP Relaxnews)
Zombies from the television series “The Walking Dead” and other demons are coming to life for video game players in virtual worlds.

With new virtual reality systems, gamers will be climbing into colossal war machines to battle high-tech armies, wandering mutant-infested post-apocalyptic wastelands and going toe-to-toe with demons in new offerings unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.

While play on consoles or Windows-powered personal computers continued to dominate the annual industry gathering, virtual reality flourished as game makers invested in the future.

The number of E3 exhibitors involved with virtual or augmented realities more than doubled to 126 from 53 last year, according to the Entertainment Software Association behind the event.

“This by far, is the most exciting E3 as it comes to virtual reality,” said YouTube director of gaming Ryan Wyatt.

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Bathing in carnage

Virtual reality versions of blockbuster video games “Fallout,” “Doom,” and “Skyrim” were part of a lineup unveiled by Bethesda Softworks.

“Virtual reality is something we have been at the forefront of for a while now,” said Bethesda vice president of marketing Pete Hines.

Later this year, shooter game “Doom” will “bathe you in virtual carnage” as a cybernetic survivor fighting off a demon invasion.

A VR version of “Fallout” will put players into a world destroyed by nuclear war, while they will face dragons in a full-length, open-world version of “Skyrim,” according to Bethesda.

Sony built on its library of games for its PlayStation VR gear, which works with top-selling PlayStation 4 consoles.

More than a million PS VR units have been sold, along with some 5.25 million VR games