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Sun Jan 5, 2020, 07:45 PM

Important safety tip if you got an Occulus Quest or other VR headset for Christmas...

Do not, under any circumstances, play "Epic Roller-coaster" in VR while standing up. You will fall flat on your face!
Sit down, preferably in a chair that has a seat belt, before you start the game, and keep a barf bag nearby, just in case.

Consider yourself warned. Ride safely, and enjoy.

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Reply Important safety tip if you got an Occulus Quest or other VR headset for Christmas... (Original post)
Binkie The Clown Jan 2020 OP
sobenji Jan 2020 #1
GemDigger Jan 2020 #2
SCantiGOP Jan 2020 #3
Binkie The Clown Jan 2020 #4
Hong Kong Cavalier Jan 2020 #5
Binkie The Clown Jan 2020 #6

Response to Binkie The Clown (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2020, 08:24 PM

1. Yep

Got one near release day.
Can verify that you will fall.

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2020, 09:09 PM

2. I wanted one but I was told I would kill myself or

destroy the room.

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2020, 10:13 PM

3. One study showed that VR

Caused discomfort in 60% of its users. Nausea, headaches, vertigo, vomiting, etc.
Sounds like fun.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 5, 2020, 11:36 PM

4. I had motion sickness from VR, but...

the more I kept going back for more, the less the motion sickness became, until three or four days into it, I had no more motion sickness, and haven't had any since. I think it's a lot like getting your "sea legs" on a boat. Sea sickness usually passes a couple days into a voyage, and VR motion sickness seems to work the same way. At least it did for me.

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:44 PM

5. Some of that is your brain getting mixed signals.

Your eyes are telling you that you're moving, but your inner ear is saying "Nuh-uh. We're standing still."

So your brain defaults to the setting it does when there's a difference in inputs: It thinks you might be poisoned and wants to expel whatever's in your stomach. (Because clearly that's where the poison is, according to your brain.)

If you're sitting down, that effect is lessened.

In Fallout 4 VR, there's several ways to navigate: teleport to a location or use the joysticks to move. You can switch them pretty much on the fly, and it's noticeable to me how much more queasy I get when I use the controller's thumbsticks.

In a game like Elite Dangerous, I'm sitting down, so there's almost no nausea (Unless there's graphical lag.)

There is vertigo, though. When you're landing on a planet and your ship has glass panels in the floor of the cockpit, it looks like it's a loooooooooong way down. (But it still looks amazing)

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Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:48 PM

6. I find that games where you stand still...

create no problems at all. I can play Beat Saber for hours with no motion sickness or loss of balance. (Which is saying something for an old fart like me.)

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