If you’re new to VR, some experiences might be uncomfortable. It’s important that you ease into VR and know your limits. Getting your VR legs is an important step that you should consider so that you can enjoy Virtual Reality in all its glory… without losing your lunch.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- What exactly are “VR Legs”?
- Here are our 5 useful tips to help you get your VR legs:
What exactly are “VR Legs”?
VR legs is a term the VR community uses to characterize how accustomed you are to VR locomotion. Moving around in VR is very different than moving a character around in normal gaming. Most people experience VR sickness to some degree due to the fact that when you’re moving around in virtual reality, your body isn’t actually moving at all. This can cause some nausea, or other symptoms similar to motion sickness. You can click here for a more in-depth definition.
If you’re affected by VR sickness fear not! This almost always passes and most people get over it rather quickly. However, everyone is different and the time it takes to acclimate to VR will vary from person to person.
Here are our 5 useful tips to help you get your VR legs:
1) Don’t push yourself.
Seriously, don’t. The last thing you want is for your brain to associate VR with motion sickness. Whenever you feel uneasy while playing VR, you should take a break. Don’t push yourself thinking that you’ll be able to push passed it. That’s a surefire way to get sick or lose your balance. This is tip #1 for a reason, guys, please pace yourself.
2) Play games or experiences that require less locomotion.
There are loads of great experiences that don’t require you to feel like you’re riding a rollercoaster. Some of my favorite games are seated and are very comfortable to play. I recommend the I Expect You To Die series as a great way to immerse yourself in a fantastic puzzle-solving spy game from the comfort of your couch.
Here’s a trailer for I Expect you to die 2:
3) Read the Comfort Disclaimer on the Oculus store or read some Steam reviews.
If you’re playing VR and using the Oculus (Meta… whatever) storefront, Oculus does a pretty great job of letting you know what you’re in for. Start with Comfortable experiences and work your way to Intense. This is one of the best ways to get your VR legs. These ratings are also available on the PCVR Oculus software.
Here are the comfort ratings provided on the storefront, look for these in the game or experience description.
If you’re on Steam, it might be a little tougher to gauge, but not impossible! Reading a few reviews can often give you a pretty good idea of how intense the experience will be.
4) Start off with Teleport Locomotion.
Most experiences that require you to move around in the virtual world will offer you different types of locomotion. The first being “Teleport Locomotion” and the second being “Smooth Locomotion”.
Teleport Locomotion is exactly what it sounds like. You teleport around. You’ll point to where you want to go with your controller and with the press of a button, poof, you’re there. This style of locomotion is much easier on the body since instead of gliding through the world, you blink to where you want to go.
Smooth Locomotion, while more advanced, often adds to the immersion. You move through the virtual landscape using one of the analog sticks on a controller, steering where you want to go. Often times games will give you the option to steer with your controller (where you’re pointing) or with your headset (where you’re looking). These two options are more up to individual preference.
Start with Teleport, and when you feel confident, give Smooth Locomotion a try. Once you get the hand of Smooth, you probably won’t go back.
5) Practice, practice, practice.
At first, all the amazing things you can do in VR might seem overwhelming. Take it slow and take on a little more when you feel ready. You’ll be a pro in no time. The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, never mind jumping into a whole new world to explore.
Those are our 5 most useful tips to help you get your VR legs! Take your time, follow our steps and enjoy VR to the fullest, without the motion sickness part!
Thanks for reading!
See you in VR, Champions.