With the intersection of science fiction and gaming a key theme of our GamesBeat Summit 2017, it’s natural that our speakers brought up augmented and virtual reality in some manner in just about every talk onstage. Epic Games’ boss Tim Sweeney waxed on about the metaverse and how deep learning could affect role-playing games. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-screenwriter Gary Whitta discussed how VR was the “best nest” for one of his ideas to grow in, and we even looked at how TV game shows could evolve with mixed reality thanks to the work The Future Group.

As I joked on Twitter, imagine The Price Is Right’s Plinko, but where you’re the chip thanks to mixed reality!

And while we focus more on the possibilities AR and VR brings to video games with GamesBeat, these burgeoning technologies will reach more people once as they branch into other forms of art and entertainment. Maybe we’ll see a renaissance of games shows, leaving the realm of reality competitions for the fun of The Price Is Right.

Imagine watching people dodging not just obstacle but dinosaurs and meteors while running a Ninja Warrior course!

Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

P.S. Google Earth was a whole new way to experience our planet. Now check it out in VR!

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Report Highlights Tracking Differences Between Vive and Rift

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VR Needs To Branch Out Into Interactive Narrative

Netflix and disruption go together like Oculus and Rift. Never one to rest on its laurels, the company is continually looking for ways to shake things up. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the streaming service is toying with the idea of breaking away from narrative norms by experimenting with ‘interactive storytelling’. (via VR Scout)

Here’s How Nintendo Can Turn the Switch Into a VR Headset

Nintendo’s been flirting with VR functionality on the Switch for a while now. There was that patent that surfaced last year, then this recent interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima stating the company was currently “studying” the viability of VR on the Switch. (via Motherboard)

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