Curious about trying out Virtual Reality? I’m sure you’ve heard numerous people talking about this exciting new technology, and if you haven’t dived into it yourself yet I certainly recommend it. Today we’ll give you 5 tips to make sure you have the ultimate experience for your first time in the virtual world!
1. Bring a friend!
Going into VR is much more fun with a friend, especially considering the vast multiplayer options currently available. Bring out some friendly competition and battle it out against each other, or work together to achieve a common goal. There are tons of options – from sports, to shooters, to more challenging fantasy quests. Plus, thanks to built in microphones on the headsets you will always be in communication with your partner which certainly helps when they’ve got your back from an approaching zombie attack in the virtual world.
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2. Pace yourself
I’m not going to lie – Virtual Reality is intense. It’s extremely immersive and cuts off most of your senses from the outside world. This can be overwhelming for some, but if you are mindful of it and go at it with your own pace, I promise you’re bound to have an incredible time discovering the wonders of VR. Don’t be afraid to take a break, or switch experiences from high-action games to more passive experiences. There are many options for you to explore in the virtual world, so don’t feel the need to rush! You can always try it again with new experiences that are consistently being released.
3. Confused? Ask for help
My first time in VR I spent half my hour trying to figure out my way around certain experiences and controls, when I really should have asked a customer service representative for assistance. You want to make the best use out of your time in VR, so don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance. Some multiplayer games are a big difficult to set up, especially for a first time user, so let a staff member get you in as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get right to the fun part.
4. Be mindful of your space
Most VR stations or booths give you an 8 foot by 8 foot space. Of course, you won’t see your surrounding walls with the headset on, but many experience centers also provide a grid that will show up while in the headset to let you know your boundaries, as well as padded walls for your safety and the equipment safety. Rest assured you will most likely bang one of the controllers by accident over a body part, but we certainly don’t want anything to get broken, so just be aware of your space and you’ll feel comfortable even though you’re cut off from the outside world.
5. Have fun!
This one is easy. Of course, have fun! Laugh, jump, dodge, duck and sweat it out (some experiences can surprisingly be a real workout). VR is still relatively new and will be constantly growing, and it’s exciting to to be a part of it in this technological age. The potentials of Virtual Reality are nearly endless, so take advantage of what’s out there and enjoy discovering VR for yourself!