VR has been hitting the headlines lately with new developments coming out every day! How does it work and what can it do for you?
What is VR?
The definition of VR has changed drastically over the years. Inventors in the 1990s considered 3D computer games to be virtual reality. As time passed, only stunning graphics and first person shooters claimed the title of VR. Fast forward a couple of years and VR is only used to describe a complete immersive environment where the user reaches out to interact with virtual objects in the real world.
Not to be confused with AR (augmented reality) where virtual objects are placed in a real environment like in Pokemon Go. In simple terms, VR is:
“A fully immersive computer simulated environment that gives a user the feeling of being in that environment instead of the one they’re actually in” – Mashable.
The concept has pretty much stayed the same but the level of immersion has come leaps and bounds since the 1990s.
Modern Day VR
Just in the past year, several manufacturers including Playstation and HTC have come out with a new device to completely revolutionise immersion. Virtual reality headsets!
The VR headset simulates a virtual 3D environment with a 180 to 360 degree field of view. When users move or look around, the field of view changes as it would in real life, allowing the users to see from different angles. Depending on the program running, users can interact with objects in the virtual world by moving in the real one.
This technology is already being used in military, education, healthcare, entertainment, fashion, business, media and telecommunications. However the most prominent examples released to the public have been for gaming and…porn.
Here is an example of what it feels like to game in virtual reality:
As you can see, users are wearing a VR headset and holding controllers in order to interact with objects in the game. We are not going to show the porn examples here but feel free to google it if you’re interested.
The Future of VR
We are only in the beginning stages of developing virtual reality. Elite gaming laptops are now marketing as “VR Ready” and game developers are working around the clock to release the first games to the market. A few gaming headsets have just hit the market with many more due to be released at the end of 2016.
In the future, we are likely to be using VR for everything including meetings, online shopping and exploring the world! If you want to jump on the bandwagon early, check out this top 12 list of VR Headsets and this top 5 list of VR ready laptops!
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