Wait! Before You Jump Into the Virtual World
VR technology is still in its infancy, but it's changing rapidly. Here are four things you need to know before buying the new technology.
1. Not All Games Are Compatible With All VR Platforms
Like other game consoles, certain games and experiences are only available for certain VR headsets. If your heart is set on a specific title, check before you buy.
2. Most VR Headsets Aren’t Intended for Kids
Manufacturers of all major headsets – Oculus, HTC, Sony and Samsung – have issued disclaimers stating their products are not intended for use by children under 13 years old.
3. Experts Aren’t Sure How VR Affects Our Eyes
The technology is still very new, so research hasn’t been done on the effects of VR headsets on our vision. Experts warn that long-term use could potentially have adverse effects.
4. VR Can Cause Motion Sickness
You should immediately discontinue use of VR if you begin to feel lightheaded, nausea, fatigue or other feelings of discomfort.
Headsets can also lead to injuries, like walking into walls or falling down. Users should only use VR in a safe environment. Manufacturers recommend staying seated unless the experience requires standing.