GDC 2017 was exceptional this year in its exhibition and promotion of virtual reality products. Last year was a banner year for the VR industry and GDC showcased that success with some amazing experiences from last year and previews of what's coming next. All things considered, the bar has been raised in respect to quality of content and immersion. Robo Recall from Epic Games was a crowd favorite. It was a great surprise that they announced it as a free download exclusive to the Oculus Rift (Pro Tip: it requires Touch controllers). Other great GDC content included From Other Suns by Gunfire Games and Sparc from CCP Games, especially for its great looking multiplayer potential. There was also a large effort on the part of the industry to support non-gaming content as well. Unity especially brought focus to the educational aspects of virtual reality and the benefits it can have around the world.
To wrap it up, GDC 2017 was a fantastic experience that showed continued promise for the future of virtual reality. The IVRC took the opportunity to meet and thank its various industry partners including Unity, HTV Vive, Sony, GDC Events, Nvidia and others. Traveling to fun conferences and playing the latest in VR technology is a difficult part of our mission (smirk). However, we will continue to diligently promote virtual reality in Idaho and bring greater attention to the VR success stories we have.