The man himself, Gabe Newell, is confident that Valve has solved the virtual reality motion sickness problem with its new headset, ‘The Vive’, claiming that “zero percent of people get motion sick” while using Steam VR technology.
Virtual Reality had some initial problems with causing motion sickness, although over the last couple of years that problem seems to have significantly diminished. Speaking at the Game Developers Conference (Via Gamespot), John Carmack noted that one of the big fears is that “if a really bad VR product comes out, it could send the industry back to the ’90s”.
Meanwhile elsewhere during an interview with The New York Times, Gabe Newell described VR technologies as the “world’s best motion sickness inducers”, however, he also went on to say that Valve has managed to create key new technology that could eliminate the motion sickness problem.
A new motion tracker has been developed, which Valve plans to freely distribute to hardware partners. The tracker uses lasers that can read the position of a VR helmet and reproduce a person’s real world movements with better accuracy. He then claimed that “zero percent of people get motion sick” when using Valve’s own VR headset.
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KitGuru Says: Many people have reported positive impressions of Valve’s virtual reality headset over the course of GDC, even going as far as to say that it bests the current Oculus Rift prototype. I am definitely excited to try it out myself later this year on release.