Virtual Reality (VR For short) is a term that's used for games and devices that involves interactions between a human and a virtual world in some way. Nowadays, people mostly think about Virtual Reality Headsets (like Oculus Rift or Playstation VR) when they hear the term.
Most VR Headsets can be used when they are connected to a Computer or Game Console.
Why It Rocks
- Lots of VR Headsets to choose from, made by Oculus, HTC, and even Valve!
- SteamVR supports most of the headsets, and makes it easy to configure them.
- Lots of great titles, such as Half-Life: Alyx, Job Simulator, VRChat and Beat Saber.
- You can interact with anything (depends on the game) only using 2 wireless controllers (or gloves) acting as your virtual hands.
- Modern controllers or gloves can detect your finger's movement too.
- It is in stereoscopic 3D!
- The PlayStation VR is a nice cheap alternative, and only requires a PlayStation 4 to play. You can even use Move controllers, which was a nice touch from Sony.
- You can also connect it to a Computer if you really want to.
- John Carmack (id Software's genius programmer) also worked on Oculus Rift headsets.
- The Oculus Quest is a portable VR Headset, and thanks to the portability, you can play VR Games anywhere.
- It can also do Hand tracking without the use of controllers.
- You don't need a whole room to walk around, you can also play in a standing or sitting position (depends on the game).
- If you are close to a wall or border, the VR Headset will show the outlines.
- It's not only used for video games, but also used for medical and military simulations.
- Very early VR Headsets were really primitive.
- Google Cardboard can be very lackluster at first.
- They still cost a lot of money.
- A lot of shovelware titles from the early days.
- Requires a powerful computer to plays the games smoothly.
- Setting up one can be a pain.
- For certain people it can cause headaches and eye strain.
- The best way to get used to VR games is to only use them for small times, like 5 minutes first, then 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, and so on, until you get used to it.