Why even basic accessories can make virtual reality seem real
There is an alien in the space station. The motion tracker scans my surroundings, but nothing moves. I creep into the next room and duck behind a stack of cargo. The rumble of the spacecraft creeps up my spine as I stare at the tracker. Suddenly, there is a blip. The alien’s steps grow louder. Rumble, rumble, rumble.
I have played Alien: Isolation in virtual reality before, but this time there is a small difference: I’m sitting in a chair made by a startup called BRAINFIZZVR that vibrates. It’s subtle, but it’s enough to convince my body to join my mind in the virtual space station.
Everyone who tries Oculus Rift feels its pull. Your brain wants to believe what it is seeing is real, and it’s willing to play along until something trips you up. For me, that moment always comes when there’s no haptic feedback. I want to feel the lightsaber…
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