One of the biggest issues in VR is motion sickness. But what is motion sickness, why do so many people suffer from it, and how can we avoid it? You will know the answer to all these questions within minutes.  At Vertigo Games, we have seen so many cases of sicknesses during development and at events, that we have implemented options in our games to reduce the chances of getting sick while playing our VR games.

What causes VR motion sickness?

VR motion sickness has all to do with what your brain believes is reality and how it reacts to it. People who normally don’t get ill from car rides or roller coasters are still able to suffer from sickness compared to people who are suffering from traditional motion sickness.

Dr Hilary Hawkins says the following about VR motion sickness: “You don’t get sick when you’re walking; you get sick when the body is in a still position but something else is generating motion.” This tells you everything you need to know about how VR sickness works. If your brain thinks you walk but you don’t, you might eventually get dizzy or ill. 

How to overcome or avoid VR motion sickness?

Playing VR games is the most fun thing to do in life a little motion sickness shouldn’t hold anyone back from playing their favorite VR games. Let’s walk through a few tips to help you avoid getting sick while playing VR games:

Don’t go all out straight away

When playing VR, your brain must adjust a bit at first to the new sensations VR brings with itself. Our tip for new VR gamers is to not straight away play VR for hours, but take the time to familiarize yourself with any available options to improve your VR experience. To buid up, start your first few days in VR by playing in sets of 5 minutes to a maximum of one hour.

Don’t play VR when you are sick

We know how tempting it is to grab your VR headset and play a few games when you are home. If you have already caught a cold, have an eye problem, a headache, or another illness, avoid playing VR. Also make sure you stay nourished and hydrated when playing VR, this will also lower the chances of feeling sick.

Take breaks when playing VR for a longer period

Even if you have no issues with motion sickness, we recommend taking regular breaks. But if you do have the feeling of getting dizzy, or you get motion sick, take a few break immediately when playing your favorite VR games. In the end this will improve the whole experience.

Lower your brightness

When lowering the brightness of your headset you reduce the light in your eyes. This will give your brain a bit more rest which can result in avoiding VR sickness. Usually, this can be done in the settings menu of the headset.

More information about motion sickness?

If you have any other questions about motion sickness or need tips, feel free to reach out. We at Vertigo Games have tons of experiences with VR sickness and how to avoid it. You can reach out to us by filling in your question in our contact page.