VR 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Virtual Reality

If you’ve been looking for a beginner’s guide to virtual reality, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, if you believe virtual reality (VR) is a thing of the future, think again. Although it sounds futuristic, it happens to exist right now, at this very moment.

As more traction is gained by the VR industry, so does the three-dimensional gadget market. Different VR accessories are hitting the market continuously, including glasses, headsets, and accessories. In fact, the entry level options are quite affordable; you don’t have to break the bank to get yourself a VR starter kit. Unsure whether or not you want to step into the VR world? Get a sense of what the fuss is all about before jumping in.

What Exactly Is VR?

In this beginner’s guide to virtual reality, you will learn that virtual reality or VR is a stereoscopic three-dimensional, computer-generated world that includes a soundscape. The worlds created by VR are closed environments or “walled gardens” with no direct link to the real world. There is navigational freedom for those wearing VR headsets. They can go anywhere allowed by their virtual world. Some good examples of smartphone-based VR include the Zeiss’ VR One and the Google Cardboard.

Participants can only experience VR content fully through an audio/video VR headset that has an accompanying voice control on the horizon, head movement and controllers. To more precisely match body and head movements, some brands such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift use external position beacons.To do the same thing, Sony PlayStation VR uses the camera of PlayStation. Compared to today’s entry level, smartphone-based VR, high-end VR requires more graphics and computer capabilities. Since the virtual world is responsive to those who foray into the virtual reality space, content seems like a real-life experience.

The Way It Works

Remember those toys from childhood called View Masters? Well, the VR experience has a similar style of headset, albeit a more immersive experience. Many virtual reality headsets operate solely through integrating or connecting with your smartphone. Attaching your viewer to your smartphone will enable you to interact with moving scenes and images the moment you begin to virtually look around you, tilting your head in the process.

The Bare Essentials

The technology for activating your own virtual reality experience is already in your hand, thanks to your smartphone. The moment you downloaded apps for 360-degree photos and to help bring immersive video to life, you are ready to go. All you need is just one more gadget, called a viewer.

Glasses and Headsets

For options that are relatively low-tech and inexpensive, you can follow the instructions on Google and go the DIY route, by creating your own. In the VR game, however, Google is not the only name. Many companies are diving into the virtual reality bandwagon and creating glasses and headsets to build a virtual reality experience nothing short of comprehensive. There are more than a few models available, and all you need to do is to perform a quick search.

Not Just for Fun

Contrary to what most people believe, there are practical uses for virtual reality. In other words, it is not just purely for entertainment. In fact, even now when it has just started enjoying real immersion in the consumer market, its potential to be so much more is already so high, particularly in daily life.

For example, once you delve into the virtual reality space, you will find that there are step-by-step walkthroughs showing you how to change light bulbs without electrocuting yourself, brought to you by the Microsoft HoloLens Kit.

You can just imagine the future bringing virtual reality apps such as how to make homemade cheese, brew beer or play an instrument, all as if it were happening in real life.

Can you imagine what playing Minecraft feels like through the lens of virtual reality? You can thank Microsoft for making this available in the market right now. Other practical uses for VR include:

Social and telepresence – you can play, chat and communicate with a telepresence robot and can even work from home this way.

Shopping and real estate- imagine being able to do an actual tour of prospective homes you are interested in right from your living room. You can even check to see if your furniture will fit. Follow this with a shopping spree to try on shoes, blouses, and shirts and see how they fit.

Meditation and psychology- you can use VR to think and relax. You can get your virtual private space which you can use for meditation and deep thinking.

Tourism – visit the bottom of the ocean, Mars, Paris or even the moon as you shut out the real world in exchange for some virtual traveling, all on your lunch hour.

The Next Step

The moment you have the correct headset for virtual reality, you can begin downloading apps to get the full virtual reality experience. Go through Google Play and the iTunes Store and search for “virtual reality.” You will find everything from health care tutorials, educational programs, exotic destination tours, movies, and video games. This newest development in technology is sure to change the way we work and live. On that note, here’s hoping that this beginner’s guide to virtual reality has helped you understand VR a little bit more.

All things considered, virtual reality has become a big trend that will most likely continue to dominate the market in the next period of time. VR opens up a new world for users and allows them to enter a completely different dimension with the help of technology. If you are a virtual reality passionate, hope this article was an easy reading. If you are just immersing into this new perspective upon technology, then hope this article cleared out some important aspects of VR.


This is a guest post written by Robert from TopBestVR.