My Top Tips For Avoiding VR Motion Sickness

I don’t know the exact numbers, but I’d estimate that 9 out of 10 people who try the technology for the first time experience a bit of motion sickness. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling and depending on a person’s sensitivity, it can even be a little painful. Some of us eventually get used to it, but for others, VR motion sickness is a persistent problem. These are my tips on how to deal with it so you can continue to enjoy virtual porn uninterrupted.

What is Motion Sickness?

“…it’s caused when there’s a mismatch between your visual system (eyes) and vestibular system (the sensory system that provides a sense of balance and spatial orientation).”

In a nutshell, motion sickness is nausea caused by motion. It’s normal to feel some motion sickness when traveling by plane or car. But with VR, it’s a little different. After all, how can you get motion sickness if you’re not moving? Well, with virtual reality, it’s caused when there’s a mismatch between your visual system (eyes) and vestibular system (the sensory system that provides a sense of balance and spatial orientation). Your visual system is telling you you’re moving (especially if you’re playing a game) and your vestibular system is saying that you’re completely still. Pardon my language, but basically, this fucks with your brain a little and for some, can cause minor to extreme headaches.

How to Minimize and Reduce VR Sickness

I realize my statement above makes things sound like virtual reality is a potentially scary experience, but most people never get anything more than a minor headache. Regardless, there are ways to minimize them and in some cases, stop them altogether. Here’s what to do!

 

1 – Don’t Watch or Play Anything With Performance Issues

A low frame/refresh rate of an image is one of the leading causes of motion sickness. If something you’re watching or playing starts glitching, freezing, or buffering too much, put your headset down for a bit.

2 – Sit Down

Seems simple, right? That’s because it is. A sense of stability helps reduce this sickness, so if you’re sitting down, your body will feel more calm and relaxed than if you were standing up.

3 – Take Ginger Supplements

If you do a quick Google search, there’s a lot of evidence to support ginger supplements as an aid in motion sickness prevention and recovery. Ginger might be beneficial for those of you on the extreme side of the spectrum.

4 – Avoid VR When Sick or Tired

This is less a tip and more a suggestion. But one of the worst things you can do is play or watch something when you’re sick, especially if you have a condition that affects your ears, like a cold. Also, you’re more prone to VR sickness if you’re tired. Make sure you rest before starting any lengthy virtual session.

5 – Make Sure Your Headset is Properly Adjusted

Sometimes, it’s as simple as wearing your headset incorrectly. You want to make sure the headset is positioned correctly on your head and that the display is visible. If the positioning is off, it can cause some discomfort and possible motion sickness. By the way, if you want to check out my headset reviews, just click right here!

6 – Lower the Brightness

Another simple but useful tool. Sometimes, your screen might just be too bright. Go into the settings and reduce it.

7 – Keep Practicing

Sure, this is probably as cliche as it gets, but practice makes perfect! Spend short amounts of time with a video or game, broken up by small breaks. Continuous use (within reason) will allow your body to adjust eventually and adapt to the VR motion.

And that’s pretty much it! Always take breaks and never use VR for an extended period. If you start feeling sick at any point, you should stop. Follow these tips and you should be able to minimize and, in some cases, eliminate VR motion sickness from your experiences.

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