Virtual reality (VR) technology has been on the rise over the last 5 years or so, but shared VR experiences are a much newer phenomenon. We already know that VR can allow us to experience a real-life scenario in a completely virtual world – but where does shared VR stand?
In this article, we’ll take a look at what exactly these shared experiences offer and what’s so great about them.
An anti-social technology gets sociable
VR has often been criticised for its tendency to isolate individuals from reality, further deepening worries of an anti-social future. However, as they often do, VR companies have come up with an answer – getting sociable with shared VR experiences.
Shared VR experiences are pretty self-explanatory; they allow users to experience virtual scenarios with others, such as allowing users to watch a film together through their headset or even play along with friends in a group-based game. In the same way that a group of friends might go to the cinema, or play a game of laser-tag, VR is now starting to offer similar experiences.
This newer, immersive way of experiencing virtual reality could be bringing people together in a way that mobile phones have done previously – but could shared VR experiences be the answer to the technology’s critics?
Building meaningful social interactions
Similarly to sharing VR experiences with friends, the technology could also help others to make new friends and build new relationships. For those who aren’t confident building relationships in the real world (perhaps children suffering from anxiety or those with autism), a VR headset can sometimes make them feel more comfortable – and the whole experience can bring newfound confidence along with face-to-face (real world) discussions afterwards.
Like we’ve previously seen with football fans enjoying their favourite team’s game from thousands of miles away, shared VR experiences can also help users to feel immersed in something they wouldn’t otherwise be apart of.
Creating an engaging learning environment
Picture a classroom full of students wearing VR headsets, engaging and learning from each other as we’ve never seen before. Shared VR experiences have a long way to go before they can take centre stage in the classroom, but we’ve already seen VR used for learning in a number of different ways. As VR in education has previously demonstrated, it can be a great way to get kinesthetic learners and those who aren’t as confident involved.
Are shared experiences the future of VR?
If you’re just as excited as us about the future of shared VR, and you don’t own one already, it might be time to start investing in a VR headset! With many devices becoming more powerful and immersive, and shared VR experiences becoming much more mainstream, now is a great time to get invested.
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