Virtual reality is making quite a splash in the world of technology. Sony alone is forecasted to ship 2.2 million units of its popular PlayStation VR headset this year.
The addition of a VR headset can make any event fun, whether you're looking to game or impress some clients. But before you do either, you'll need to make sure you have the perfect VR room.
Keep reading to find out how you can set up a great VR room for your next event.
If you haven't kept up with virtual reality in the last few years, you might see VR as little more than a gimmick. Remember how 3D TVs were supposed to be all the rage a few years back?
But VR is much more than a gimmick. With the latest headsets, you can watch movies on the moon, interact with people across the globe, tour historical sites, play games, and even deliver presentations.
As a result, VR is making its way into the mainstream. And it isn't just for entertainment, either. The real estate industry is beginning to utilize VR headsets to give clients home tours and walkthroughs without either party leaving the office.
Likewise, it's a great promotional tool. Including a VR rig at your trade show booth can generate interest in your product or service, especially if you have a fun VR experience to go with it.
Setting up Your VR Room
Whether you're looking to wow audiences or just experience the fun of VR for yourself, there are a few things you'll need to get the most out of your headset rental.
VR requires a great deal of processing power. So much so that not all modern computers are up to the task. You'll need a VR-ready computer with enough power and ports to get the job done.
Most gaming PCs now come with VR capabilities. Of course, gaming rigs can also get quite expensive, so consider renting one instead.
As impressive as VR is, it takes up quite a bit of space. The Vive, for instance, suggests that users have a play area of at least 6.5 ft. by 5 ft. Meanwhile, Oculus users need to clear 7 ft. by 5 ft. of space. Note that these are the minimum requirements, too. To get the best experience, you'll need a large, open room free of any tables, chairs, or other objects that could get in the way.
Why so much space? Because you'll need to set up your tracking towers (also called lighthouses). These little boxes are what monitor and digitize your movements.
All major headsets include 360° tracking, so it's best to place one lighthouse in front of your play area and one behind. Place them as high as possible to get the best vantage point.
As advanced as VR is, it isn't without its issues. Namely, tracking sensors can misread reflective surfaces as tracking lights.To prevent this issue, limit the amount of light in the room and cover up any reflective surfaces like mirrors, TVs, or monitors.
The Future Is Here: Setting up Your VR Room
If you've yet to experience VR for yourself, you're in for a treat. Once you have your VR room set up, you're not going to want to take the headset off!
Ready to see what the fuss is about? Then get in touch today and find out how you can rent a headset for your next event or conference.