Lets be honest here.... it has been the perfect time for VR to get big. The whole damn world is in lock down, and it doesn't look like its going
to end anytime soon. I would consider myself the biggest VR enthusiast on this forum considering i have 5 sets... so im open to any questions that
anyone might have about the subject.
Aside from just the amazing experiences you can have in a wide variety of games... the fact that everyone is pretty much isolated from the world
makes the social aspect of VR very appealing to the masses. I know people that are bored to tears... most especially some of my co workers who have
to be isolated, and even quarantined because we did have covid at my home for a good three months... So VR is starting to get quite popular!
Due to this bloody Pandemic theres a lot of sitting around watching TV... so these days people are using VR to stay in shape as well, not just to play
games! Theres even subscription based apps that give you a trainer in VR who you can chat with, and motivate you just like they would in real life...
At $20 a month, im not sure IF i'd say its as good as a gym, but IF you can't go to a gym anymore it might be worth peoples time...
After every workout I complete, Supernatural tells me how many points I’ve accomplished, so I know I must be doing something. And the day after
two hours in the Supernatural headset, I feel the additive effect of approximately 8,934 squats. There was a study in June of this year that found
that VR technology “prevents exercise-related interoceptive cues from entering focal awareness” and “induces a higher perceptual load.” I.e.,
when we’re in the VR illusion, we don’t notice the real-world pressures happening on our body.
All of my physical realities — I’m sweating cascades in the mask; I’m out of breath; my legs are sore; I get wearier and slower at hitting the
balloons as I go — seem to point to the fact that I am doing something inside of this set, but some instinct in my brain wants to deny that what
I’m doing is real. And was it not René Descartes who said, It’s not real, but it is, ya know?
Boxing is another big exercise option... anyone who has ever been in the ring knows what kind of work out you will get just shadow boxing, let alone
sparring with a partner... Thrill of the Fight, and Creed are two great boxing games that will test your abilities to swing those dukes... And both
games are actually a lot of fun... I boxed for a few years when i was younger... and im in nowhere near the same shape as i was, but i can still
throw em at 41... recently i did 3 rounds in "Thrill of the Fight"... and almost had a heart attack! (not really, but i was dying LOL)
I've heard quite a few stories about people losing 10-15 lbs just playing this game alone in VR...
Now lets talk "Beat Saber!"
Probably one of the most popular games on the planet right now... You'd understand IF you tried it... you'd think just swinging your hands
wouldn't be much of a work out... but believe me, it can be exhausting! And honestly its just so much fun!
This is one of my Favorite songs in the game, but you can mod it and put almost any song you like into the game now... and they just released
multiplayer.... haven't tried that yet, but it sounds like a hoot!
And just to end of this thread, i'd like to add, Oculus basically abandoned their other products and tossed everything into their new headset the
Quest 2 (piss me off, but whatever)
I made a THREAD on it back in October... Santa brought it for Xmas... dude showed up
in a Hazmat suit...LOL
It is a fantastic headset... very reasonably priced ($399 in Canada... $299 in the US) with better resolution then most of the headsets on the market
which is mind blowing considering a lot of them cost over a grand... Cheaper then the original Quest, a touch lighter, and a lot uglier but thats
beside the point.
IF you're curious about VR, go grab a Quest 2... you won't be disappointed!
Anyways, IF you have any questions about VR, or comments about it... drop a reply and i'd be happy to help you out
Do you have a powerful pc? Not just a gaming pc... You NEED at least an i5, and a video card with 4g of Vram... and even that isn't a great VR
experience... IF you don't have those min requirements don't get a pcvr set
Get a quest 1 or 2... i have both, and both are amazing, no pc required... but you do need a FB account with legit details, fake accounts and wrong
info have been getting people banned... or if you have a history of making trouble on Fb LOL
Battery life is about 2 hours on both sets... and you should really take a break every half hour to an hour
edit on 4-1-2021 by Akragon because: (no reason given)
I'm doing preliminary research for a project to repurpose shuttered cinemas into interactive VR bars/clubs. The gist of it is to utilize VR sets with
cameras to create a themed environments such as steampunk, fantasy old world, scifi etc.. etc..etc..
You walk in, wear a set, now your in the same bar and cans still see everything, but your in a place boosted with avatars for participants and
augmented reality so fire and effects can be done with no danger. You see non participants as normal. Rewards system can obviously be added to keep
the liquor flowing
During day hours the venue can be rented out for private parties (LARPING?)
Is consumer VR technology ready to hand capabilities as I described today, or are we a handful of years away yet??
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