Virtual Reality (VR) technology has been making significant strides in recent years, providing a completely immersive gaming experience for users. However, the process of game development in VR is still is still very slow and expensive to create, so new ways to speed this process up, and make it cheaper are constantly being sought, in a nutshell, there is so much room for improvement.
Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize VR game development, providing new opportunities and solutions that were not possible before, even in healthcare use cases.
What is Generative AI?
Generative AI refers to the use of artificial intelligence to generate new and unique content, such as images, audio, and even entire games. The technology uses algorithms and neural networks to analyze data and produce new content based on that data. This process is called "training" and the resulting content is often referred to as "generative content."
How Generative AI Will Change VR Game Development
Faster Development Time:
VR game development can be a time-consuming and complex process. Generative AI can greatly reduce the time it takes to create a game by automating many of the tedious tasks that are typically performed by developers. For example, generative AI can be used to create unique environments, characters, and even entire game scenarios, without the need for manual input from developers.
Increased Diversity and Customisation:
Generative AI can produce an almost unlimited variety of content, enabling developers to create games that are diverse and customized for each user. This opens up new possibilities for VR game development, such as creating games that are tailored to specific audiences or even personalized for each player.
Improved Game Mechanics:
Generative AI can also be used to improve the mechanics of VR games. For example, it can be used to generate more challenging and dynamic levels, or to provide more varied and realistic enemy AI. This can make VR games more engaging and enjoyable for players, providing a more immersive and satisfying gaming experience.
VR game development is expensive, many developer hours spent coding in C# or C++, especially when it comes to creating custom content. Generative AI has the potential to reduce these costs by automating many of the tasks that would otherwise require manual labor. This can help developers create more games at a lower cost, making VR gaming more accessible to a wider audience.
Where will all this lead?
Generative AI has the potential to greatly improve VR game development by reducing development time, increasing diversity and customization, improving game mechanics, and reducing costs.
As the technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see more and more VR games that use generative AI to deliver unique and engaging gaming experiences to players. The future of VR gaming is exciting, and generative AI is poised to play a big role in shaping that future, thats for sure.
The really interesting part of the "not so distant future" is voice to code, we have all heard the rumurs that Apple will be using Siri, so users can use text prompts to produce characters and environments. Imagine talking to Siri after your breakfast cereal, putting it in an app with some branding and launching on the App Store in the afternoon.
Oh, and Meta AI are also at it.
The big question for the future of the industry
In two years time, will we actually have armies of 3D designers and Unity / Unreal devs at all, or will user generated content be king?
My head is spinning...