Published on March 19th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Why A VR Headset Is The Most Versatile Companion For Coronavirus Self-Isolation
As we all become accustomed to the “new normal” of being at home, there is help from virtual reality to socialize, visit other places and stay fit – all from the comfort of our family rooms. Jamie Feltham has a post at Upload VR about different applications that fill hours of time with valuable experiences. If you are new to VR, the stay at home time is a perfect opportunity to get accustomed to how VR looks and feels and is delivered successfully. Then, when you get back to working at the office and are ready to propose a VR initiative, you’ll be familiar and confident with the format.
As the coronavirus crisis develops across the world and more communities prepare for self-isolation, VR headsets seem ideally suited as a versatile companion for the weeks ahead.
It’s true that VR is treated as a gaming platform first and everything else second at this point in time. But the medium’s capabilities also stretch far beyond gaming, overlapping with other forms of entertainment, providing us with ways to connect without physically meeting up and letting us explore new places, both real and fictional, from the comfort of our homes.
With that in mind, we’re rounding up the ways in which a VR headset can help you during self-isolation, along with some app suggestions for each. We’ve tried to cover experiences for the vast range of devices out there, including experiences for high-end PCs right the way down to Oculus Quest.
Social Interaction Without Risking Infection
One of the biggest reasons people are talking about VR in the wake of the coronavirus crisis is its ability to defy self-isolation. Social VR applications still have a long way to go before evolving into our own personal metaverses, but even in its current form it’s undeniably compelling to meet up with a virtual avatar of your friend online and then hang out together.
You’ll find that different apps specialize in different areas, so it’s good to give them all a look. Rec Room, for example, has a lot of different activities from paintball to co-op questing. AltspaceVR, meanwhile, has a full roster of live events to check out. With Bigscreen, you can even share your PC screen with others to watch videos or share other content with each other. And VRChat holds a sprawling user-created world with something new to see around every corner. Best of all, these are all free experiences.
Apps To Check Out:
- Rec Room (PC VR, Oculus Quest, PSVR, smartphone)
- AltspaceVR (PC VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Go)
- BigScreen (PC VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Go)
- VRChat (PC VR, Oculus Quest)
Real World Facsimiles And Travel
It’s true that current VR limitations prevent a lot of experiences from perfectly simulating the real world. But there are a handful of experiences out there that actually get pretty close to the real thing. The light touch and pinpoint physics of Eleven: Table Tennis make it a genuine alternative to getting a ping pong table, for example.
But VR can also be a useful tool for real-world travel. Even if it can’t fully replace the real thing, there are apps out there that offer a truly impressive facsimile, like a virtual visit to Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, or taking a globe trotting trip as a National Geographic reporter.
Apps To Check Out:
- Eleven: Table Tennis (PC VR, Oculus Quest)
- Kingspray Graffiti (PC VR, Oculus Quest)
- Real VR Fishing (Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest)
- National Geographic Explore VR (Oculus Quest)
- Anne Frank House VR (Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest)
- Google Earth (PC VR)
- Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (PC VR)