Will Virtual Reality (VR) Make Me Nauseous?

April 3, 2019

 

 

People are often nervous that Virtual Reality (VR) will make them feel nauseous. That is very rarely the case with the high-end VR headsets that we use here at Maverick VR, but it can occasionally happen with cheaper smartphone-based headsets. Similar to motion sickness or seasickness, people have different levels of susceptibility to feeling sick while experiencing Virtual Reality. 

 

Individual Differences in Susceptibility 

 

  • Age: Susceptibility to motion sickness is highest between the ages of 2 and 12

  • Experience with Virtual Reality (VR): Individuals  become less likely to develop Virtual Reality (VR) sickness as they develop familiarity with it. The body starts to adapt within minutes of it's exposure to the Virtual Reality (VR) system

  • Health:  Virtual Reality (VR) may not be appropriate for people who suffer from ongoing health afflictions, particularly those related to vision and balance. 

  • Motion sickness sensitivity: Those who are more sensitive to motion sickness in reality are also generally more sensitive to Virtual Reality (VR) sickness, particularly in VR experiences that feature moving or teleportation.

 

We've helped thousands of guests at corporate events, trade shows, and conferences enjoy Virtual Reality (VR), and a reaction of Virtual Reality (VR) sickness is extremely rare. Regardless, below are some tips to combat the symptoms. 

 

 

How to combat Virtual Reality Sickness

 

  • Use a higher-end VR headset: we generally do not recommend using smartphone-based headsets at our clients' private events, as the higher-end headsets we utilize are more stable, immersive, and realistic, which reduces the risk of VR sickness

  • Take Regular breaks: If you're feeling a little dizzy while experiencing Virtual Reality (VR), the easiest and fastest way to alleviate the dizzy sensation is to take a break!      

  • Focus While Spinning: If you're spinning while in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment, keep your eyes focused on one point while you are turning your head or spinning your body, just like you would in real life

  • Breathing: Taking a deep breath for 2-3 seconds can readjust and relax your body enough to make VR sickness go away

  • Build a Tolerance: The more you experience Virtual Reality (VR) , the greater a tolerance you will build to Virtual Reality (VR) sickness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking to add a unique, immersive, and exciting new experience to your event?  Skip the boring photo booth and choose an amazing experience that your guests will be talking about for years to come with virtual reality!

 

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