Should I Be Getting Excited About Virtual Reality?

by BeemTech | Monday, Sep 5, 2016 | 2586 views

So the next big thing is gaming in the VR rig. You’ve probably heard a bit about it, even seen some demonstrations on youtube or even in real life? But the question on everyone’s lips is, does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out.


What is VR?

Virtual reality or VR is the next step in computer game and simulation technology. It is an immersive mode of play that puts you in the center of the action. It draws on 3D graphic technologies to help you feel that you are not just watching the visual display, but that you are in it. This means you can become immersed and interacting with gaming worlds like never before.

How Does it Work?

On a very basic level console, VR works by splitting games into two feeds. You will be able to download games via your internet connection, but you will need a good one as the game are pretty data heavy.  It’s worth sorting this before the VR console release date. Check out from providers like Fios, who are expanding their Verizon coverage at the moment.

Then, when you have downloaded the game and run it through your console, the headset feds one image to the right eye and one to the left. Our brain then does it’s magic and combines them. Making the image 3D.

There are also some brights sparks that are developing gloves and sensors so we can use our hands and feet in VR, instead of a regular games controller. This mean that the experience will become even more immersive.

What are people saying about it?

Well, generally people love the new VR headsets and games. We have to remember that VR is a long time coming. We have had the concepts for years but are only now gaining the technology to make it work properly.

Are there any issues with it?

The short answer here is yes. Like 3D cinema, there can be some side effects when using VR, especially if the games are not designed well.

The most concerning is what is known as cybersickness. This is basically a form of reverse motion sickness. You get sick because your brain thinks you’re moving but your body know it’s not.

To combat this game’s designers have realized that flying games or, games in which the body is propelled by another force work the best. So that means roller coaster games, and car games will work especially well in this format.

Are we all going to forget to go to work and turn into jacked in zombies?

Well, we will have to wait and see. But it’s fairly unlikely that there will be a Surrogates situation happening anytime soon.

But on the plus side, VR does have the partial to change the way that we live our everyday lives.

Imagine learning how to drive before you get in a car. Or watching sports games and concerts over VR, but feeling like you’re there. The possibilities for its application are endless.

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