Virtual Reality: Expectations vs. Reality

Virtual reality has been one of the most anticipated technological advancements of our time, but what does it really look like when you use it? A lot of virtual reality headsets have become available to the public in the last year, but with all the hype and media coverage, some people might be surprised by what they find when they use their headset for the first time. In this article, we’ll compare what you think virtual reality will be like with what it really looks like on first use.

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What’s going on in the VR world
While virtual reality is already a technological reality (with plenty of room for improvement), what is it that consumers are looking for? More than half (57%) of US internet users and 48% of EU internet users, who either have purchased or would consider purchasing a VR headset, believe that VR will enable them to feel as if they were in another place, according to a report released by Dell Technologies. However, survey respondents seem to be over-estimating their feelings of presence in virtual reality environments.

What to expect in 2018
Digital experts have predicted many things about what will happen in 2018, including a boom in augmented reality and virtual reality apps and wearables, as well as new ways to track health using technology. But what do these emerging technologies really mean for consumers? It’s too early to say—the last few years of advancements from AR/VR to artificial intelligence (AI) have been more about development than implementation.

How many headsets are out there?
The main selling point of VR is that you can immerse yourself in a 360-degree, three-dimensional environment and interact with it as if you were actually there. It’s called presence , and it’s designed to trick your brain into believing you’re somewhere else . The most popular headsets on the market—Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR—can each track your motion within these virtual worlds using head movement sensors and adjust your perspective accordingly.

How much do they cost?
The cost for virtual reality headsets ranges from $2-$4,000 and it’s easy to understand why that’s so broad. After all, there are a number of different options available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In many cases, though, you get what you pay for (especially when it comes to VR headsets). That being said, if you want a truly immersive experience – something that will transport you to another world – then be prepared to shell out some serious cash.

How long does it take to get used to them?
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to virtual reality (VR) is How long does it take to get used to them? While every person is different, studies have been able to pinpoint an average range in which users tend to adjust.

Do I need to wait for the next generation?
If you’re wondering whether it’s worth buying into virtual reality now, consider that most of today’s devices are as good as they’ll ever be; they just need better content. That being said, however, developers and product manufacturers will continue to improve VR hardware and software in order to create a more immersive experience for users—and that new generation is sure to come soon enough.

Where can I buy one and how much do they cost?
If you’re interested in buying a VR headset, there are two options available to you: mobile and console-based. Mobile headsets like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View use your phone as a display, while console-based headsets like Sony’s PlayStation VR require their own high-end gaming rig to power them.

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Which headset should I choose?
The first time I tried virtual reality, I was blown away. It blew my expectations out of the water and changed my life forever. At least, that’s what it felt like at first glance.

How do you create content for VR?
In order to create content for virtual reality, you need access to tools that allow you to capture 360-degree footage in a three-dimensional space and in real time. That’s why Google Cardboard—Google’s inexpensive VR platform—has been so popular among small creators.

Why is VR superior over any other medium?
Virtual reality is rapidly becoming a must-have for businesses, thanks to VR’s ability to create hyper-personalized experiences and its potential to change both our work and social lives in unprecedented ways. But while many people believe that VR will be superior to other mediums because of these characteristics, few have actually tried VR outside of a demo or marketing campaign; as it turns out, reality might not be so virtual after all.

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