Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-simulated reality but it can also be thought of as a form of immersive media; the aim of it is to simulate an environment which the user can interact with in some way. This can be difficult to achieve, in order to feel truly immersive the simulation must create some kind of artificial sensory experience which is most commonly thought of as sight and hearing.
The entire idea of virtual reality (VR) can sound like science fiction but it’s important to remember that total immersion is something that has been worked on for a very long time. Even 3D movies were created to bring the watcher closer to the movie and 4D cinemas add another level of immersion with moving seats and by releasing specific smells into the screening room at the right moment in the film.
In recent years, VR and gaming have gone hand in hand with each other; a wide variety of headsets have been announced and released with gaming in mind. Gaming is not the only use for virtual reality however and as technology continues to evolve it will only lead to greater things.
The idea of watching movies on VR devices is also becoming more common and using this as a platform for movies could lead to some very interesting ones; Hardcore Henry was released released at the cinema and it’s a first person movie, meaning the movie is shot from the main characters point of view. Movies like this would be perfect for VR devices and could allow for a truly immersive experience.
Entertainment is not the only use for VR, it has so much potential in many areas including education, engineering, design and even in therapy for helping treat phobias. VR would allow designers to walk around their design to check it ‘in person’ for faults or potential issues before any construction work begins. For education, teachers could use it for teaching medical students with an artificial human for the students to view the separate pieces of the body and how the bodily systems work; VR could be an ideal teaching apparatus when it comes to medical and science students in the future.
In short, virtual reality is a computer-simulated reality which can also act as an form of media for a wide variety of areas and sectors. The technology is still advancing and work is still being done by developers to perfect devices and get them ready for a commercial release.