VR is amazing. But the nausea, motion sickness, and disorientation that come with it are not. My opinion on VR changed for the worse after getting PSVR2.
For a lot of people, VR's main problem is not something that advanced technology can solve. Being "too immersive" is a double-edged sword that may -at least initially- do unpleasant things to your mind. If you have the patience to torture yourself and train your mind, then you are in for something truly incredible.
Myself and a couple of friends who tried my PSVR2 felt the same way. A few minutes in RE7 and GT7 VR fucked me up. For two whole days, I pretty much felt like "Rayman"... my limbs didn't feel right anymore, as if they were detached and didn't really belong to me. If I hadn't done some research and prepared myself for the worst, I would have freaked out.
I still think VR has a place in the future, and I'm sure Nintendo will experiment with it and do incredible things. But I don't know if it'll ever truly be mainstream, precisely because it's too immersive for its own good.
It’s not for everyone, and some people experience what you did, but not everyone. Probably not even a majority of users.
VR gives me none of those issues, luckily enough.
Right, but I think a large number of gamers might have trouble adapting. They will adapt if they commit and follow certain guidelines but it takes some effort. I'm glad you didn't go through that.
Was this something that you had the first time? Did you try VR again after that?
I remember the first time that I spent like 30 minutes in VR, I remember that feeling weird like you described for several hours I think.
But that was the only time I had that experience.
It didn't help that I played (for over a week, up to an hour daily) during the hotter days in summer (Australia). I adapted somewhat, but some days were just randomly worse than others. And before long, my mind started associating VR more with nausea than enjoyment or immersion. "Rayman" stopped being a thing by the 3rd or 4th day though.
Nintendo could do really cool stuff with VR so I'd like this to be true.
Huh I have never heard of that side effect before. Did you have any trouble using your limbs for those couple days or was it just a weird feeling?
It's mostly just my arms but I didn't have any trouble using them. To a certain degree, it felt like I was controlling somebody else's arms. My elbow didn't feel like it was located in the right position and the proportions weren't right. I suspect it's because Ethan Winters in VR has smaller arms than mine, and my mind was sort of telling me to go back to RE8 where my real body is lol.
The other major problem is nausea/motion sickness. Like... just the act of slowly walking initially gave me a strong sense of vertigo, it was crazy. I adapted to it to an extent, but the moment I was surrounded by werewolves (days later), it was too much to bear.