Here at ROTU we've had plenty of time, through trial and error, to figure out how to get a room ready for virtual reality immersion. If you finally pulled the trigger on a headset (we recommend the HTC Vive), or are thinking about getting one, keep these tips in mind.
1. The larger the room the better - 9ft x 9ft is the maximum recommended play space for the HTC Vive, and that allows for a truly complete immersion experience. You can go as small as 3ft x 3ft, or even just sit in a chair, which is better than nothing and still fun, but not ideal.
2. Avoid a room with a low ceiling - for maximum immersion you'll need to mount the HTC Vive's tracking stations at over 6 1/2 ft. If you went with the Oculus Rift, you don't need to worry since it's less capable and is mounted at the height of your computer monitors.
3. Clear your room of obstacles - this one seems obvious, but you'd be surprised. Remove things you might trip over or objects that could get in the way including furniture, ceiling fans, lights and other fixtures.
4. Use the right flooring - slippery wood floors are no good. Depending on the game, you could be maneuvering around in all kinds of ways. Soft flooring with grip, like a carpet or foam is ideal. That flooring also gives you an area to set as a warning track, which notifies you when approaching the edge.
5. Make VR social - even though you likely just own one headset, VR can be surprisingly social. Various games allow for a second person to be in charge of the controller or your computer's mouse. Either way, almost every game can be mirrored on your monitor and speakers for others to watch and hear.
ROTU’s CEO Jason parks was able to connect with Gabe Paez, CEO and co-founder of The Wild, A cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform for designers to create and share immersive experiences. The interview includes:
A brief overview of The Wild • Creating shared spaces with agency • How an interest in Lucid dreams led Gabe to create The Wild • Supported formats for models you can import into The Wild • Focusing on experience designers and creating virtual spaces with their use in mind • How can a company interact with and use The Wild? • From a plane to my office, how and where people can connect to The Wild? • Who is using The Wild now and for what purpose? • How does the wild support partners and new users? • https://thewild.com/