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Vive day 6 - the Highs & Lows of VR

Disclaimer: The following is written by an opinionated oaf and should not be taken particularly seriously. If you get offended, it's your own fault for reading it and taking shit seriously. No facts were considered, opinions withheld, spelling checked, and certainly no proof reading occured. Read at your own risk.

As a social experience, I believe the Vive is a beast. I get as much fun out of watching other people having a game as a I do playing myself. 

My dad visited today. He was into technology when I was growing up, and always got the latest gadgets if he could afford it. From the Grandstand console onwards, we enjoyed gaming for many years. The last game I remember he and I playing was BombJack, possbily on the Amstrad CPC 464? It was a long time ago.

I was eager to give him a go on VR. He went through the VR tutorial, which I show to everyone to start them off. He tried Space Pirate Trainer but he was useless. Audioshield is where it's at though.

It's an absolute joy to watch someone having a fun time in VR, and it's a great advert for how amazing the Vive is.

Then in the evening, I got to have a go myself. Now, I've not been feeling too great the last few days, with a constant headache. I think it's a virus as the boy has it, so I'm not blaming it on VR Smile As someone who has been known to get motion sick in some FPS games, VR was always going to be a gamble. Roomscale has proven no issue at all, as I expected. No camera movement at all without me moving.

Seated VR though.... well I had another go on the Star Wars title. 13 minutes is below. I kept playing another few minutes afterwards, but nope, headset had to come off. I was sweating buckets and felt really, really ill. Planets and huge spaceships rotating around you, it's tricky. Remember you have no frame of reference for the Real World, everything you see is moving. It's a horrible experience.

Some of the time I was flying True Jedi - my eyes were closed, lol.


Sweat was in my eyes, the foam headband was drenched - they better start selling replacements before it gets too scuzzed up.

Your mileage will vary considerably I imagine. This has really soured my VR lust. I want the cockpit experience. I think on a driving game I'll be OK as I'll have the horizon as a reference. Flight sims may be OK as well, with some practice. Hopefully for space sims I just need to develop my VR legs. I certainly played this one for too long, I should have stopped a lot sooner. You don't get any better by sticking it out, and the after effect seems exponentially longer. 15 to 20 minutes of gaming, and 2.5 hours later I still feel like crap.

Don't think I'm going into VR for the next day or two. I can't face it Sad