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A gaming Holodeck for your home? It’s on the way, says Rare

Ben Parfitt
A gaming Holodeck for your home? It’s on the way, says Rare

Total immersion in a believable and completely customisable digital world. The vision offered by Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Holodeck represents the ultimate gaming nirvana, and Rare boss Scott Henson says that gaming is “heading down that path”.

“I'm not going to give you the exact date you're going to have a holodeck in your room, but think about that for just a second," he told Eurogamer.

"Think about the movies we all grew up on and the things that inspired us in lots of different ways to create the kind of entertainment to do. We're down that path. We're absolutely down that path right now."

Don’t get too excited, though. Henson thinks the wait for such technology is – shock horror – going to be a significant one.

"When we stood up and we said it's the HD era in 2005 and HD is now – I remember because I wrote the speech and I was at GDC in 2005 and we gave away TVs, it was awesome,” he added.

“And here we are in 2011 and HD TVs are pretty pervasive, but they're still in only about half the homes around the world. It's not everywhere yet.

"When will the holodeck happen? It's going to be a journey. I don't think there's going to be a date."

Of course, had Henson done his research he’d know that the Holodeck will be with us on Stardate 41153.7. Or the year 2364. Duh.

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6 comments

No no no Ben... you need to get your homework done better! What would Mrs O'Brien say?

2364 was when refined holodecks were being installed on Federation starships. Tsk. They had been around for a long time beforehand. In fact I think you'll find that it was suggested that Kirks ship had something very similar (Star Trek: the Animated Series "The Practical Joker") and the technology was introduced to Starfleet personnel as early as the 22nd century by the Xyrillians (you know, along with the concept of making a man pregnant using beads...) (Star Trek: Enterprise "The Unexpected").

Now really I expect better ;)

In all seriousness though, considering that our technological advanced have far outstripped the projected future "history" predicted by almost all the Star Trek Tv episodes and films, i think we'll get there a lot faster... However if we hadn't been given the ideas for communicators, bio beds, and holodecks... would we be as far along now as we are... hmmmmmmmm.... Fascinating.

Sven Harvey

Sven Harvey INDUSTRY
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:24PM

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Sir, you've out-geeked my geekery! I simply based my comment on the first on-screen appearance of the Holodeck, which I judged to be the pilot episode of The Next Generation. An amateurish move, I now see.

Ben Parfitt

Ben Parfitt MCV STAFF
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:31PM

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Ah don't worry its not like I have a couple of Starfleet uniforms in my wardrobe... no wait.... damn. Now lets just get a room, cover the walls with 3D OLED and we're not all that far off.... *pokes Sony*

Sven Harvey

Sven Harvey INDUSTRY
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:38PM

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My god that is the geekiest thing I've seen this year...and that is so sexy

Nicola Whitaker

Nicola Whitaker ELITE GAMER
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:38PM

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But I haven't even warmed up yet... Bah weep grah nah weep ni ni bong.

Sven Harvey

Sven Harvey INDUSTRY
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:45PM

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You've got the touch!

Nicola Whitaker

Nicola Whitaker ELITE GAMER
Jul 21st 2011 at 4:58PM

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