I just bought a Samsung Gear VR headset to play with and… OMG…playing Scratches with this thing would be hard to describe to others except it would be…just…wow. It truly is the future of gaming (amongst other things) and 100% simpatico with pano point-n-clicks. Porting real 3D games presents a challenge because in those games you need to move around. In the current VR technology you can’t do that without physically walking into walls. Pano point-n-clicks match perfectly because panning with a mouse is equivalent to head-turning, and pointing and clicking to another location is already required in both VR and normal displays. Porting the graphics would require very little work since the rendering methods are identical.
With no need to use a cursor to pan the display the only change left is how to click on something. Also, static overlays like HUD elements or scrolling text would need a solution.
Of course the market is still very very young and not really accessible to the mainstream yet, but there are already a small number of games developed or ported to VR available, mostly on the Oculus website. For the most part they are simplistic and immature demos for the VR experience. Scratches now finds its way into the casual-game bin for $5 dollars, but making it an early port to the VR world could easily make it a flag-ship must-buy product ahead of everybody else because it’s already a proven game without the VR.
Another coincidental advantage of the point-n-click is that fast VR motion causes nausea in many people (I definitely had to stop a few of the video demos!) There are likely to be many people who can’t handle anything more than simply looking around so WAMMO, instant captive market for whom Scratches would be the pinnacle VR experience.
I’m already rendering pano images that are intended for the Dagon engine so it’s easy to look at them on my headset. Being inside my renderings reveals spatial relationships and size issues that I could never tell by looking at my monitor. Standing on the edge of a cliff and looking down causes the same kind of unease as the real thing. Jump-scares will probably cause heart-stopping freak-outs that may make more than one person yank off their head-set and start swearing out loud!