How To Minimize Oculus Rift Motion Sickness

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  • Gaming
  • Oculus
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With the rise of virtual reality gaming, some people are noticing that systems such as the Oculus Rift can cause simulator sickness, which is similar to motion sickness. You can feel dizzy, nauseous and might even vomit. In the few years since virtual reality gaming has emerged, developers have taken steps to combat simulator sickness and give advice to minimize it.

Step 1: Make sure your Oculus Rift is properly calibrated for your eyes. Everyone has different eye measurements, whether it’s the distance between your eyes or your field of view. Take the time to calibrate your Rift to your eyes. Improper calibration is the main cause of motion sickness.

Step 2: Play your games more slowly, and turn the brightness down on your Rift. Turning the volume down as well will help you get in control of your senses. You don’t want to overwhelm your brain with too many sensations.

Step 3: If you feel nauseous, eat or drink products containing ginger. This will help combat the nausea. However, you should take steps to reduce motion sickness within the Rift itself, including taking frequent breaks.

Recap: Motion and simulator sickness was a new consequence encountered by many in 3D gaming because 3D gaming did not exist in the past. Nowadays, developers have found ways to minimize sickness so you can continue enjoying your games without negative side effects. Take the steps to remain healthy while you play games with your Oculus Rift.
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