Why Room-Scale Matters

Virtual reality is gaining popularity for its ability to transport people from everyday life to a new world that doesn’t even exist. The pivotal factor in determining the success of a VR experience is presence: the level of cognitive immersion one feels within a scene. Key to achieving presence within a scene is involving as many of the senses as possible. To simply strap on a VR headset and look around does not guarantee immersion.

Currently, sight and sound are the two means available of involving the senses with VR. Touch can be used in a limited capacity (through haptic feedback from controllers or wearables). However, there are other ways to add presence to a VR scene.

One of the most effective is through the use of room-scale VR. Room-scale allows the user to move themselves around the model by moving their body, mirroring how locomotion in the real world works. This is the key to achieving the most immersive experience possible. Mirroring the body’s movements in real life with what is going on in VR pulls the subconscious parts of the brain into the scene in a more convincing way. It also gives a greater sense of space: walking through a kitchen lets you understand the scale of the space more than renderings and floorplans ever could.

Room-scale also eliminates a key issue with sitting VR. Artificial locomotion (moving through a space in VR without moving your body) has been demonstrated to reduce immersion and, more critically, induce nausea and dizziness in even experienced VR users. The negative effects are further exacerbated in users who do not yet have their “VR sea-legs,” resulting in them coming away from the experience with a negative perception of what they were shown. Because room-scale allows you to move through the space being shown in the same way your body is moving, the problems associated with artificial locomotion are removed.

When trying to sell a space, the VR experience counts. A positive experience leaves the client feeling as though they have already been there. A negative one makes them never want the experience again, whether in VR or in real life. By using room-scale VR, Arc Reality allows our customers to give their clients the best VR experience possible, optimized to put their space front and center.

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