I've heard loads about VR and seen it on BBC Click a lot, but given that I've also heard it gives you motion sickness, I thought I was doomed to never trying it out. Until Redemption...
There was a VR panel, which was really interesting. They said that the more expensive VR headsets were better for motion sickness because they have a frame rate that matches films etc, whereas the cheap ones have fewer frames. Although they weren't kidding about the price - Google Cardboard is a few quid, but the Oculus Rift is the best part of £1000. And then you need a computer that costs more than that to run it.
I got to try the Oculus Rift, courtesy of Gaspode who left his setup in the room for anyone to try. The headset includes headphones, so although you can hear the outside world, what's in the VR is louder. And unless you put the headset on loosely, you can't see the outside world either. It's very disorientating sometimes.
It is cool to be able look around in every direction and see the virtual world. It's even more cool when you move your hands and see your hands moving in the virtual world. I think that without being able to manipulate stuff in that world it's something that would get boring after a few minutes.
I played a starship game. Well, the first tutorial on how to fly it. I was fine while I was stationery, but as soon as the ship travelled in the game, then it gave me a bit of motion sickness. Everyone else who tried it seemed to be ok, but then I also find the beginning credits of Doctor Who make me dizzy.
I then played one where you shoot things. There was one point where the zombie (I think) was right up by me and I had to remember to whisper my surprised, given that Wobblevision was going on in the room at the time.
So in summary I enjoyed it and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. I sort of knew what it was going to be like, but it's not quite the same as experiencing it for yourself. But I definitely don't need it - I have a game I bought on Steam for about £3 and haven't got round to playing it since about November.
Mirrored from my blog.