Overcoming Motion Sickness on VR

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First thing is first is motion sickness seems to be caused by a few different ways while playing or interacting in Virtual Reality; Low frame rate, jostling, or unnatural movement.

LOW FRAME RATE

Now the easiest way to deal with this is to make sure you have the lowest graphic settings on. Too high of quality might be too much for your graphics card to handle. Which leads to the next thing: Make sure you have a graphics card that is suitable for VR. Both Oculus and Valve have programs that will check your specs on your computer to see if your computer has what it takes.

For the Vive the recommended specs are:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
    CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    RAM: 4GB+
    Video Output: HDMI 1.4 or Display Port 1.2 or newer
    USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
    Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer

For the Oculus the recommend specs are:

  • Video Card: NVIDIA: GTX 1070 / GTX 970 / GTX TITAN or greater | AMD: RX 480 / R9 390 / R9 290 or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-6400 / i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video Output: free HDMI 1.3 output
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10 64 bit

 

Jostling

This might not seem obvious at first, but the issue of motion sickness could very well be the fact that your headset is not correctly on your face. If it is too loose, it could move slightly as you turn your head, which could give you motion sickness (as it did to me the first couple of times I tried it). I recommend making sure that the device is securely on your face every time you play. And that it is placed correctly on your face, not too far down or too high up. Everyone is different so don’t hesitate to try to get it to your sweet spot.

 

Unnatural Natural Movement

What I mean by this is not the jostling that you might encounter, but in-game movement. Developers have gotten around this by using teleportation in many games now as it limits the motion sickness one might encounter, but there are some games that have the ability to walk or jump by pressing a button on the controller.

It took me a bit, but I found a couple easy solutions that have helped me. If the game has a press to walk feature, simply walk in place. If it has a press to jump feature, either make a small jump or go on your tiptoes to try to roughly follow the movement of the jump. If the game has you in a ship or something, it could be helpful to have a collapsible or foldable chair nearby that you can sit on.

 

Now if you still get motion sickness after all this, I recommend that you immediately stop, and take a break for bit. Drink some water or juice and lie down. This will help your body balance out faster (At least it has for me)

Thanks for reading and if you have any tips please send them to my reddit account /u/williamhealy.

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