Retailers have been talking about VR for years, but as soon as you start talking about the technology it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not. Some of the early VR testing sessions were fairly negative, but a lot of the positive feedback was about the ease of use.
The main thing is that you can find a lot of information on this site and all that in your search, which is pretty damn good. But it’s too late for me to go back and read about it all and get more detailed information about the technology, but that’s the point here. VR is a kind of computer-like thing, and so it’s not really a technological thing at all. There are lots of people who do things like that.
I’m a huge fan of VR, but I also really like tech stuff in general, so for me, the lack of an actual technological explanation for VR is a real disappointment.
I agree with you, I wanted to read more about the research, but it isn’t actually available to me. (I may have gotten the impression that I wasn’t at the right company to find out about it because it’s too technical for me).
Even though you have the headset, you can still get the impression that you are still inside a computer, because VR is actually quite similar to the way we experience video games. The difference is that this is a virtual environment, not a simulated one. It’s just an experience that allows you to imagine things that aren’t really real. When you’re inside a VR headset, you’re not really in a computer, you’re in a virtual reality.
And while you are in a virtual reality, youre not really inside a computer.
In a way, you are. You are still inside a computer, in a simulated environment. But there are two differences. For one, its still a computer. And for another, you have a much clearer perspective on the world around you, because youre inside the headset. As for your perspective, youve got a window, a window into your own mind.
In a sense, the real world is a simulation. At the same time, the virtual reality you experience inside the headset is also a simulation- its all simulated, too, so it must be a little confusing. The difference in perspective is the only thing keeping you from feeling like youre actually inside a computer.
While I’m sure youve always loved to have a little bit of time to play with and take some of the fun out of playing with your own brain, here’s something you might not have expected. We’ve been holding a demo of a new virtual reality game for a few weeks now. It’s not exactly the sort of thing a new player should be doing, but it’s pretty clear that it’s not exactly a simulation- its all real and it’s about to become a reality.
The game is called retail virtual reality, and it uses Microsofts new Kinect (Kinect for Xbox) as a way to get our brains in a position to enjoy a bit of virtual reality.