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Setup VR in Your Home (Step 2)

So hopefully you read the first article in this series so that you know what kind of virtual reality system you are looking for.  If not, we suggest read it here so that you can get a better idea for the expectations you may have for any vr system you may want. In this article, we are going to talk about the amount of money you may need to invest, and also the space needed to allow for an ideal vr experience.

At this point there are really two routes that we can take when it comes to vr technology.  We can have a “Room Scale” or “Standing Only” experience. For headsets like the Samsung Gear, Google Daydream, or others like it that are powered by phones, you will only need a small space to use these comfortably.  This is what we call “Standing Only” vr. This is when you can put the headset on, and there isn’t much physical movement. Normally the phone powered headsets are mainly used to view 360 degree content, rather than gaming and training purposes.  So if you are just wanting to view videos and other 360 content than you would only need enough space in your home to be able to stand and hold your hands out. The other type of vr space is called , “Room Scale,” This is going to be required to play a lot of the vr games that are being published for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PSVR.  So if you want to be able to play some of the newest and more in depth games, than you will need to invest in some space in your home. The minimum requirement for the Vive is 5×6.5 feet, the Oculus Rift is only 3×3 feet, but they say to have 7×5 feet for optimal use; and the PSVR needs 9.8×6.2 feet for the room scale to work. The reasons that there are differences here, is because of the different type of tracking each system uses.  The PSVR and Oculus use cameras to track the player, whereas the Vive uses infrared laser technology to track.  So just be sure to keep in mind the amount of space you want to invest for your system.

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With this in mind we also need to factor in the cost of these headsets.  In the VR world, the saying, “you get what you pay for” is most definitely true.  Here is a list of the major vr headsets, each one is linked to another article that talks about price and their features.

In conclusion Remember that the more space you invest, the better the experience will be, and the more freedom you will have to roam in the virtual space.  Although, if you don’t have a lot of space, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can still get into vr because of the  headsets out there that are very much cost effective.  So now we can focus on the type of hardware you will need to run these headsets. So until next time, stay real!

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