Swipe: Firing Virtual Reality Bow And Arrows

There I was, enemies all around me, with them swarming the gate. And all I had to defend myself was a bow and arrows.

OK, OK, you got me, I haven't had any exciting adventures in reality. This was happening in virtual reality.

I was playing a game called Longbow, part of 'The Lab', a collection of games by developer Valve made for the HTC Vive headset.

This week Swipe went to Virtual Reality World Congress, an event in Bristol to showcase and discuss technology which many believe will be the future of entertainment.

One of them is Roy Taylor from AMD, a company which makes processors and other parts for VR technology.

VR headsets: PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

He said: "From 1895 (when the first movie was screened) until now, all entertainment has been a rectangle.

"With VR, we step through the window, through the rectangle, into a volume. That's going to create wonderful opportunities.

"It's also going to take a bit of getting used to... a completely new world. That's very exciting."

Big companies believe in this technology: HTC has competition from Sony, Facebook, Samsung, Google and others when it comes to VR.

A range of headsets are vying for your attention.

If you go one way, there are the top end models like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. These cost between £350 and just under £700.

Or you could go the other way: for headsets that act as a case for your phone, strapping it onto your face, like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard or Merge.

These are much more affordable and could be an option if you'd like to try virtual reality without spending too much money.

2016 has been called the year of VR. The event organiser Dan Page says the technology might not catch on overnight, but that this is the start of something big.

He said: "This is most certainly year zero. I think things are only going to get bigger. I wouldn't expect quite this year, for VR to be in everyone's homes ... yet.

"We know we've got a way to go, but the whole industry knows that as well."

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