what does vr stand for

What Does VR Stand For?

Seriously, what does VR stand for? For those looking a quick answer, VR is an abbreviation for Virtual Reality. It often refers to the technology of Virtual Reality headsets (VR headsets). For example the Oculus Quest 2 or the Valve Index are types of VR headsets.

It is an immersive technology that users wear around their heads and stimulates interactive player movement and environments. It has become more popular recently as the technology has become cheaper and more accessible.

We hope this quick answer was what you were looking for, however if you are still curious about the technology as we talk about it in more detail. We’ll also recommend you some VR headsets as well if you are interested in buying one.

Why is VR so Popular?

Virtual reality technology has been around for a few years now, it is still considered a new type of technology that is still being developed and improved on. It became popular due to several reasons, popular streamers and YouTubers using the technology to showcase unique games. There was a big trend centered around VRChat, an application that allowed users to virtually hangout and well, socialize!

VR technology, as I mentioned earlier, has also become cheaper and more accessible to a more casual audience thanks to VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2. What makes the Oculus so accessible is that it doesn’t require its users to own a powerful gaming PC. It is a standalone and wireless headset. Meaning it can be used anywhere, as long as there is enough free space to move around.

The Oculus Quest 2 is also priced at $300, this is the cheapest headset on the market right now. Its competitors’ prices can range anywhere from $600 to up to $1000. So compared to that, the Oculus Quest 2 is a steal. If you are interested in reading more about our experience with the Oculus Quest 2 check out our review on it.

What Makes VR Games Different From Regular Games?

What does VR stand for? Virtual Reality. And it is an amazing way to experience video games.
PSVR still continues to be a great way for newcomers to experience VR for the first time.

Look, I won’t give you the corny speech where people say, “It’s just like being in the game!”. That being said, VR games are much more immersive than playing regular games. It gets you off the couch, you use your body to move around. When playing a shooting game, it feels different to actually have to pull out the clip and insert a new one. Whereas on a regular PC or console you reload by pressing a button.

Another example would be swinging a sword around in Skyrim or shooting a bow. Games that might have seemed simple as a regular game can feel like a whole new experience in virtual reality.

Not to mention, VR games can be a healthier form of entertainment since you are moving your body around. Games like Beat Saber can really make you work off a sweat.

The potential when it comes to VR video games is limitless, there are so many unique gaming mechanics and stories that can be told in only a VR experience. Imaging an immersive racing game, or a detective game where you examine a crime scene and look for clues, I could go on with all sorts of video games I would love to see in VR.

Which VR Headsets are the Best?

We actually wrote another article on this if you want to read about it in more detail you can check it out here. However if you are looking for a quick list of your options we got you covered as well.

  • Oculus Quest 2 – We mentioned this particular headset earlier. It is cheap, doesn’t need a PC and is wireless. It does require a Facebook account though, just so you know.
  • Valve Index – From cheapest option to most expensive. If you want one of the best headsets on the market, look no further. The $1000 package comes with everything you need. Requires a powerful PC to use it.
  • HP Reverb G2 – Solid mid option. Has the highest resolution out of any VR headset on the market. Requires a strong PC or laptop to use.
  • HTC Vive Cosmos Elite – Hard to recommend this one, but it still a good if pricey option. Similar to the Valve Index, but slightly cheaper. Doesn’t require as much setup however, HTC is still working to improve it via updates.
  • PSVR – Requires a PlayStation 4 to use. Should be compatible with a PlayStation 5 as well in the future. Has a ton of exclusive games. Cheap, but a solid option.

Also, if you are looking to buy a new gaming PC or laptop along with a VR headset feel free to browse our store for PCs that are VR ready.

What are Some Things I Should Know About VR?

Before you buy into VR you definitely want to do as much research as you can about all the different VR headsets available. Here is a quick list of some things you should be on the look out for:

  • Exclusive Games – certain VR headsets have games only available on that VR headset. PSVR has tons of exclusive titles and it is the only headset you can play Resident Evil 7 in VR. The Oculus have Resident Evil 4 in VR as an exclusive title as well.
  • Motion Sickness – If you can try VR before you buy it I would recommend doing so. Either visit a friend’s house and try their VR headset, or head to your local electronics store and try it out there. Every headset has different settings that can help users with motion sickness. Find one that helps you the most. Also remember that motion sickness is something you can overcome slowly the more you play in VR.
  • Can your PC handle VR? – You can check the PC specs required for each VR headset before you purchase them. Make you sure yours meets the requirements.
  • Do you have space for VR? – It is recommended to have a big open space to experience VR to the fullest. You really don’t want to be bumping into walls or other objects in the middle of game!

Are You Ready For VR?

I hope you found this blog post insightful as we went from learning “What Does VR Stand For?” to learning about the technology, what makes it so popular, and how you can purchase it. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Or if you want to share your experiences with VR, which VR headsets, games and accessories you recommend, I would love to hear about that as well.

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