I want to start off by saying that I enjoyed my experience with VR and AR in the lab! I was able to try the Oculus, VIVE, and HoloLens. All three offered a different experience and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to try each on.
Personally, I liked the in-depth nature of the gaming experience offered by this form of gaming. When it comes to being immersed in the game world, I feel the VIVE offered the most psychologically engaging experience for me. I recall there being a moment, in my play through of Job Simulator, where I almost sat down thinking I was in an actual office with a chair! I didn’t break the barrier of thinking I was actually in the game world with the Oculus or the HoloLens.
While using the Oculus, I still felt like I was playing a video game. I wasn’t moving around with my own feet–I was teleporting. The experience was still great for me. I was able to enjoy the gaming experience in a more immersive way. But I didn’t feel that I was actually in the game world; it didn’t break that wall for me.
The last device I used was the HoloLens. I was interested in this one particularly because I’d seen Demetrius Johnson use it. The fact it maps of the room is amazing to me. Even now, I can think off all these applications for AR. Imagine it mapping objects in your room that become available to use in game! That’d be awesome! My main complaint with the HoloLens is the small field of vision it offers. We’ll have to see how the design is improved upon going forward.