I think the final boss for virtual reality is … reality.
As close as we can get to reality in terms of visuals and feeling like you are being there, the one aspect that doesn’t seem to factor into these articles is that reality (real flesh and bones reality) is actually a totally different thing and in most cases a much better experience.
Reality will always take precedence over virtual reality unless you are talking about a very small percentage of human activities.
Eating: reality wins
****ing: reality wins
Talking on your cell phone: reality wins
Watching a movie: reality wins
riding a bike: reality wins
Socializing: reality wins
So where does virtual reality have a chance to win?
complex data visualization
… anything else?
Just calling it ‘virtual reality’ is setting it up for disappointment, plus the fact that our current reality is already pretty virtual…
So the final boss may actually be apathy… ie Why do I need to put the headset on again? I’m comfortable on the couch with my Jerry Seinfeld re-runs (this may be the all too common theme among would be VR users)