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Motion sickness - will there be universal standards for comfort settings some day?

jennnnnnnn
Level 2

I just got my Quest 2 a week or two ago and overall I love it. However, I am someone who is prone to motion sickness. There are some apps that I have no problems with, but MANY apps are pretty much unusable. I appreciate that there is clearly a lot of work being done to improve comfort settings without breaking immersion and look forward to improvement in this area. For now, even with comfort settings on in all apps, I am very limited as to what I can and can't do in VR. It's really disappointing. The biggest offender is sadly Rec Room. They have so many comfort settings, but either the settings don't help nearly enough or they interfere so much with gameplay/immersion that it's not worth it to play. I just want to play paintball! LOL.

 

I know there are tips on what I can do on my end to make things easier (turn on a fan, drink some ginger ale, take frequent breaks, etc), but I am just curious if in the future there will be some kind of universal standard or rating system that would 1. provide guidance for developers on how to make their app/game usable for people who get motion sickness and 2. provide users with a "comfort rating" before purchasing or even trying a demo of the app. Trial and error works of course, but I hate having to download and sign up for something just to find that the game is completely unplayable for me and now I can't use my headset for 24 hours or I will actually throw up (and never want to put on the headset again).

 

This might sound dramatic, but my motion sickness really is that severe.

 

For anyone experiencing motion sickness using their headset here are my tips:

  • Don't play sleep deprived!!
  • If you play while/after drinking any alcoholic beverages, pay close attention to how you feel and quit for the night (or at least switch to a completely stationary game) as soon as you feel uncomfortable.
  • Fujii is mostly pretty comfortable as far as exploration games go, and one of the most beautiful games out there. Do not play stationary though. Get up, walk around, sit down on the floor when you get into the boat if your mobility allows.
  • VRChat is kind of okay with comfort settings maxed and after getting used to it
  • of course stationary games/apps are great
  • Making digital art in 3D (even if it's ugly lol) is probably my favorite stationary activity in VR since it's something that I can't do in real life
  • just watching Netflix on a giant virtual TV is nice
  • Videos that are filmed and stitched to make you feel fully immersed are horrible though (like in the app Within). The camera is never perfectly still, and the resolution just isn't good enough, even if I download the video. So I end up closing my eyes just so that I can hear the end of the story. Might as well listen to a podcast. I really like the content in the app Within, so I am so disappointed about this. Can't wait for improvements in this area.
  • If you want to play a game that you know is difficult for you, try standing up and setting as big of a guardian as you can (safely) so that you can move around as much as possible. Avoid using controllers to move and look around the environment as much as you can. Quit for 10 minutes and drink a cool beverage or step outside if the weather is nice as soon as you feel the slightest bit of motion sickness.
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Nekto2
Level 8

Are you playing seated?

Are you closing your eyes (or half-closing) while turning?

Also if you start to feel not good in vr try to close your eyes that moment and try to grip some real objects with your hands (good while sitting).

 

ps. some tests shows that it is bad for motion sickness if you can't see your nose in vr! And they draw virtual nose in place 🙂