Virtual Reality

What is Virtual Reality?

Here's everything you need to know about what VR is, and how it will affect you in the future.

Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment that lets you experience a different reality. A VR headset fits around your head and over your eyes, and visually separates you from whatever space you're physically occupying. Images are fed to your eyes from two small lenses. Through VR you can virtually hike the Grand Canyon, tour the Louvre, experience a movie as if you are part of it, and immerse yourself in a video game without leaving your couch.

The video to the left gives a little insight into the world of virtual reality by introducing some of the more popular VR viewers, explaining briefly how they work, and by explaining the difference between VR and AR (Augmented Reality). These ideas will also be explored in depth throughout our site.

Why Learn About VR?

While virtual reality may be a relatively new technology, it is growing as an industry every day. More and more large technological and entertainment companies are branching into VR, trying to find a way to incorporate it into their products, their research, etc. It is also growing as an entertainment source, becoming more available to the average person.

(Video Courtesy of Marques Brownlee)

Should You Invest In VR Tech?

VR is still a new and developing technology, and although growth is rapid, prices remain high, and nobody is sure how long it will last. So, if you are not very tech savvy, it might not be a great investment to get a high-end viewer (Learn more about VR Viewers here). However, as this technology improves, we may start seeing it more frequently in everyday entertainment. To summarize- Those who are very interested in developing technologies should definitely invest in their own VR headset, especially if they can afford the higher-end machines, and the average Joe should just wait until more affordable machines are available, or only invest in the lower-end products.