Sorry For The Clickbait Title!
There’s no typical user.
There’s no one type of content everyone or even a majority wants.
What you think is cool is boring to others and what’s boring to you is someone else’s must have.
The long story:
Philip made some comments in the town hall last night on “casual VR users” which I won’t try to quote from memory.
Made me think of my own experience which I will share now.
I have given more than 12,000 people their first taste of VR, in a range of events with lots of random non-tech people. Starting with the DK1 and on to the DK2, CV1, Vive and Asus WMR.
What I’ve learned is that there are no rules.
A young man refuses to try a roller coaster, an old lady tries one and begs for more.
50% hate VR meditation, 50% love it and you can’t tell who’s who just by their demographics, clothes, anything.
Kids are easier to work with, but many old non-gamers pick up the controls much faster than you’d think.
People often ask me: What’s the killer app for VR?
I tell them that there’s no such thing and that “killer app” is a silly concept.
(Side note: I call words like this “meta-buzzwords”)
There is no one big thing that will make everyone take up VR.
You could say social VR is the big thing, and I’ll agree, but social VR is not one thing.
Saying social VR is the one big thing everyone will use is like saying the big thing in computers is a browser.
(I’ve got some deeper thoughts gleaned from showing people HiFi but those I save those for paying clients,)
Yes, everyone uses a browser, but the browser is not the thing, it’s just what you lets you do “the thing”, whether the thing is email, porn, Sudoku or whatever.
Whats the hell is my point anyway?!
Well, first don’t argue that your thing is the big thing and the other guy’s thing is a “niche market”.(another stupid meta-buzzword)
Second, as Philip said, we need numbers.
If/when every one of us in HiFi brings in another 10,000 users, every little thing you do here could potentially produce enough revenue to be self sustaining.
I’ll leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.