VR Gaming an escape from reality, But at what cost?

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Virtual Reality is a concept that has been in development for quite some time, it is a fascinating concept that has always been shown in movies. It had been made possible through the efforts of companies like HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, and Meta (formerly known as Facebook). Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated environment with scenes and objects that appear to be real, making the person experience they’re immersed in their spatial surroundings visually. These surroundings are perceived via a device referred to as a Virtual Reality headset. A virtual reality headset is a head-mounted gadget that offers virtual reality for the wearer. Virtual reality headsets are extensively used with video games however they’re extensively utilized in different applications, such as simulators and trainers.

Virtual Reality gives its user an experience with boundless possibilities where the user’s imagination is the limit in artificial environments rendered by the headset. Virtual Reality is used for hands-on experiences like simulations, pitching a product, and in the medical field to practice surgeries. Virtual Reality is majorly used for gaming, games like VR chat, Beat Saber, Superhot, and Half life-Alyx are some of the games available on the VR platform. VR offers various types of games that help the user utilize their problem and puzzle-solving skills by providing a stimulating environment. VR is also used as a creative tool for illustrations, 3D models, and virtual artwork. The game ‘VR Chat’ offers its users a hands-on virtual interactive experience in the comfort of their own homes. This game offers various chat rooms, events, clubs to partake in, created by multiple users of the game with community contributions to socialize. 

Using VR headsets has its toll on the physical body, there have been cases where extensive and repeated use of VR headsets damaged the eyesight of the wearer. But there’s developing concern about more subtle health effects. Many people report headaches, eye strain, dizziness, and nausea after using the headsets. Such signs and symptoms are induced by the VR illusion, which makes the eyes focus on items appearing in the distance which can be simply on a display screen simply centimeters away. VR headset users have also been noticed to have various health problems due to the sensory deprivation environment they stay in.

Virtual Reality developers are trying to fix these problems by innovating their technology. Virtual Reality is a really impressive and innovative tool that has limitless possibilities.

Article by: Prajwal

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