As virtual reality applications, activities and events continue to grow exponentially, it takes most of my available time each week to cover what I believe to be the best VR applications and experiences for business and professional applications.
Thanks to an army of researchers, journalists, VR influencers and enthusiasts, that do an excellent job of reporting on VR entertainment and experiences, I'm able to stay abreast of some of the more exciting developments in the VR entertainment space.
The level of excitement coming from the Oculus Quest community this week, enticed me to set aside some time to check out a few of the VR entertainment experiences, that journalists and influencers that I track were reporting.
It was about ten o'clock in the evening when I put my Quest 2 headset on. I had had a long day and was looking forward to turning in for the evening. I figured I'd quickly browse through some of the experiences I had noted through the week, and then climb into bed for a well-deserved, restful night's sleep.
Nearly two hours later, it was close to midnight, when both the battery in my headset and that which keeps my brain and body functioning, were close to being exhausted. Like most of my previous experiences with VR, I was absolutely blown away by the entertainment experiences that I engaged in a two-hour period.
As I learned about French culture and studied the language for many years beginning in elementary school, it was nice to be able to experience 360 degree videos shot from the banks of the Seine, in Paris.
One of the real-world experiences I've enjoyed in my life is alpine snow skiing. When evaluating virtual reality experiences, I like to compare VR experiences to real-world experiences that I have engaged in. This provides mw with a good reference as to the realism of the VR experience, as well as the other aspects of the VR experience that are unique to the virtual space.
In the first VR alpine skiing movies that I experienced, I felt like I was once again on a snow-capped mountain, getting ready to take a run down the snowy slope.
As I watched the skiers carve beautiful turns in the powdery snow from different vantage points, I recalled how tired my legs and body became, as I neared the end of a run. I also recalled the dry cold air and how the power powder would fly as I carve turns through the snow. I remember the exhilaration that I felt when I had a good rundown snowy mountain, especially if I was accompanied by others on the run.
As it's been decades since my last skiing experience, and I'll likely not ever enjoy the sport of alpine skiing again in my lifetime, it was great to revisit the experience through a virtual reality movie.
The second immersive movie from Oculus studios that I viewed featured two men that were Experiencing what it feels like to fly like a bird, thanks to wingsuit technology.
Though I've never tried the sport of hang gliding or skydiving, I did learn how to fly fixed-wing gliders during the summer of 2015. More on that topic later this year, when I again delve into VR flight simulation training applications and experiences.
All in all, I'm amazed at the level of realism and detail that a virtual reality experience could deliver, using the Quest 2 all-in-one headset.
If you want to experience the next generation of movie watching and live event participation, now is the time to be placing your order for a Quest 2 headset.
If you have a VR headset, what is your favorite virtual reality experience that brings you back to VR each week?