7 Tips for starting off in VR Gaming

Many gamers claim that PlayStation VR causes them to have motion sickness, or other discomfort issues. Others are downright skeptical of Virtual Reality in general because of these claims. While it is important to note that everyone’s experience will differ, there are many things you can do to counteract some of these symptoms, if they affect you at all. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and buying PlayStation VR, but are swayed by the reports of discomfort or motion sickness, fret no more. We, here at MyPlanetPS have thrown together a comprehensive list of things you can do to help counter some of the side effects from using PlayStation VR, or any other Virtual Reality head set.

1. Whenever you start a new game, ALWAYS check out the settings before playing. Most games offer various settings with sprint or turning blinders(to help counter motion sickness) as well as an option between quick or smooth turning. Experimenting with those settings and finding what works best for you will make your experience better.

2. Don’t play VR on an empty stomach. I’ve noticed that I started feeling a bit nauseous a little faster if I hadn’t eaten anything. Even if you just have a small snack before hand, it may counter potential motion sickness.

3. Start with lower motion games, or high motion games that aren’t time sensitive. Games with a lot of running around or fast turning aren’t the best to start out with. You need to cater to your eyes and mind, taking time to build them up to the experience. Some games that you can try out as good “Starter” titles are:

  • Job Simulator
  • Superhot VR
  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • Sports Bar VR
  • The Playroom VR(Free)
  • Rec Room(Free)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood
  • The Invisible Hours
  • RIGS: Mechanized Combat League*

(* Note: RIGS is a high motion title. Normally, people would say this is a bad example of a starter game. However, RIGS features a training arena, used in both the tutorial for the game, and as a way to test newly acquired mechs. This can also be useful as a way to adapt to the high motion, fast turning and aiming of VR gaming. Using the training mode of RIGS is how I adapted. Within a couple of hours, I was playing and winning full games, with no side effects due to the fast motion.)

While this list is far from all of the great games you can play to ease your way into virtual reality gaming, it’s a few good starting points. Research some of the other titles, and you’re sure to find others that will be easy to play as a beginner VR user.

4. Keep play times short at first. 15-30 minute sessions, with 10-15 minute breaks in between are ideal. Then work your way up slowly. I started with a similar method and now I can spend 4-5 hours in VR, with no motion sickness, no eye strain, etc.

5. Keeping a fan on you can help with motion sickness, as well as the heat factor. The headset is comfortable overall, but depending on the weather, if you have air conditioning, etc, it can get a bit sweaty. A fan, or some sort of air flow, will balance it.

6. There are a few products you can purchase to help counter motion sickness, ranging from over-the-counter medicines, to wrist bands. If nothing else works for you, and you still can’t play VR without feeling sick or dizzy, these items may be for you:

  • Dramamine
  • Seaband Wrist Bands
  • Cruise MQ Motion Sickness Patches

There may be even more products out there within a reasonable price range worth trying. Do plenty of research before writing off VR or giving up on it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

7. Games like Farpoint or Firewall: Zero Hour are very immersive. If you play them while standing, you might feel a dizzy sensation. This is due to the mind playing tricks on the body. From what you see in the lens, you’re moving, but your body isn’t physically walking. It can be a bit disorienting. Some people say that taking small steps in place can help alleviate this. Basically, a walking motion with your legs but not actual forward steps. I’ve tested this method, and while it feels awkward at first, it definitely helps in countering the disoriented feeling that immersive games can cause.

So there you have it. There are likely many more steps you can take to ease your way into VR gaming. Does this list seem helpful? If you already have your “VR legs”, what other tips could you offer a player that’s new to the VR experience? Let us know in the comments below!

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