Skill Level Intermediate
- One of the problems with VR is that, right now we do have a thing called VR sickness. And that can be for a number of reasons. So, VR sickness can be because of the way the actual application has been produced, or the experience's been produced that it's laggy or maybe it's too dense, or the textures are too big, or maybe the camera movement is odd. Or maybe the hardware that the application is running on, isn't up to speed, it's not powerful enough to give that smooth experience.
And we have this thing called VR sickness, which can cause great discomfort to viewers, right? And it can also cause nausea and overall discomfort, and take away from the idea of presence or the experience of viewing VR. Now, there are other things here as well to consider. You might have a phenomenally put together application, you might have the most powerful hardware, and the best head mount or display, and the best set up going, but maybe someone is a little more prone to being uncomfortable in a VR experience.
So, I thought I'd put together this, you know some simple tips and tricks for first time VR. And this is for, individuals that are trying VR for the first time, but also can be applied to kind of group demos. You know, if you're doing a public demo somewhere, at a show or somewhere where you have a group of people come in, some things to adhere to to help keep things safe or enjoyable, at least for those that are trying it. So let's take a look at some of these tips. So, first experience tips for virtual reality. Sit down, right? Have a chair, and sit down.
For you first time trying this, be seated, be safe that way. I've actually witnessed many times myself, someone fall directly on their face as a result of getting too lost or too immersed, for that matter, not lost, but right into the whole experience, and actually reaching for something and falling on their face. So, sitting down is definitely one of the best tips to start with, for sure. Clear space all around you, and that's not just, you know, in the dimensions of arm reach around you horizontally, take a look up and down.
Make sure you clear a space all around you in all directions. I've seen too many times, someone hammer a ceiling or maybe take a swing at a TV set or a display, for that matter, with a controller in their hand. So, make sure you have the proper amount of space to be able to experience it as well. And of course, have a friend with you. You know, experiencing VR for the first time, is an exciting thing, and it's, actually the excitement is contagious. The people around you get excited because they see someone being excited and experiencing something cool for the first time.
And I'd also recommend you start small, right? Something two to three minutes, at maximum, just to see how you respond to it. You may be really enjoying it, but all of a sudden you might feel a little bit nauseated or some discomfort. There is actually a thing that they say, that people do become a little more used to the experience over time. So, this idea of starting small, just focus on two to three minutes, and then as you get more experienced with it, and you've tried all different kinds of applications within VR, for example, then increase that time.
Maybe you go for five minutes, work yourself up to ten minutes. But, give yourself a break from it as well, as you work with it, and you'll see what your level of comfort is with VR as well. So start simple. You know, environment experiences are definitely the easiest thing to start with. And what I mean by experiences are, something that you are present within. And maybe there's not a lot of interactivity. Maybe there's not a lot of hand movement with any kind of controllers, but you're viewing something.
An example of that might be something like The Blue. If you take a look at an experience called The Blue, it's an excellent experience, where you're standing essentially on the ocean floor, and you're able to experience a coral reef, and sea turtles, and all the life that go around by you there. You can have a whale swim by. And it's a really exciting way to experience virtual reality for the first time. And it's easy. There's nothing required, it's stand and view. Another thing too is, if you're going to do groups or demos with a bunch of people, outline the rules.
Put some rules together, to make sure that people adhere to them, so that they are comfortable and they enjoy the experience, and they also don't break your equipment. So, you know, some simple rules as well to follow, it's always advisable, close your eyes at the start and at the end. Some applications may just start very abruptly, very suddenly, and unfortunately, if they're starting with bright lights, it doesn't matter how experienced you are in VR, that's a very uncomfortable experience. So I would strongly recommend that before the application or the experience starts, have your eyes closed, and open your eyes gently and ease yourself into it.
A lot of the really well put together VR experiences, have a nice simple, slow fade in, that's very comfortable and it gets you going into the experience. Another thing too is, gently remove the gear, don't panic. You know, the last thing someone wants is to se their expensive gear, spiked like a football on the floor, right? So, remember it is just simply just a virtual experience. And, you know, regardless of how impressive the horror game might be that you're experiencing, it's not real.
It's a virtual experience. So, relax, and remove your gear gently, and no need to panic. So let's take a look at some tech tips here, for this idea of first time VR experiences. Make sure the head-mounted display is a proper fit. Everyone has a different size head, but also, you may have a different size in your actual pupil distance, so make sure it fits properly. And if you wear glasses, that's something to consider. Many headsets actually have interchangeable lenses that can accommodate glasses for a viewer.
So, something to consider, is to make sure the equipment is fit properly. And on that note, good headphones are a must. And I say headphones, not, you know, you can have a great surround sound environment, but headphones really immerse the viewer into the experience, it really puts them there. It removes that external environment around them, and puts them right into that immersive experience. So if you have really good headphones, it puts that idea of this whole virtual, 360 degree, surround sound, into the viewer, or the viewer into that for that matter.
So, they really are a must, and I recommend getting a good pair, definitely to aid to the experience. Audio, is arguably as equally as important, as the visual, it really is. It really helps bring the viewer into the experience. It really creates that idea of presence. Another idea, if you're doing, you know, with groups there, is to have external display mirror the video and the audio as well, to let the group see and kind of have an idea of what you're experiencing. So, this can be something like a TV set or another display, where it's mirroring what you're seeing.
Keep in mind, what you're going to see on that display is nowhere near what the individual's experiencing in virtual reality. But if you have audio, maybe it's a simple speaker or it is surround sound, but something to let the group see and hear what you're experiencing, really adds to the whole entertainment value and the overall experience of it as well. And it might not even be an entertainment area, it might be experiencing a design or looking at some architecture or machinery. This allows people to see what you're experiencing, and to see the areas that you're concerned with or talking about, or experiencing at the same time so they can have a good idea of what's happening.
So, that's just an overview of first time tips for virtual reality. I think it's always important, rather than just diving in or throwing a headset on someone that's never tried it. I think its key to go simple and start off simple with a couple of these tips here, to allow someone to really experience VR to the fullest, and build their way up from there. So, I hope you enjoyed some first time VR experience tips.
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