Virtual reality (VR) can cause people to feel sick or dizzy while playing. While it's an outstanding platform, even the
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Nausea or dizziness in VR is caused by your brain getting confused about what it's trying to process. When your eyes are seeing scenery that says you should be moving, when you actually aren't, your brain starts to panic. When it panics you might start to feel queasy or even begin to sway in place.
Not everybody is affected by this. Only certain games or experiences will trigger the feeling of nausea for some people, but others may never experience it at all. Each person is different, but that doesn't mean VR isn't for you. It just means you need to find your own comfort levels before diving into highly immersive games. Just because you discover what types of VR make you nauseous doesn't mean you can't play those types of games. Instead, try out any of these tricks to help you out.
Build a tolerance by playing while sitting down
If you're a first time user in VR it might not be a bad idea to do your first session while sitting down. Here are some steps to get the perfect set up for playing while sitting down!
- Set a chair in the middle of your playspace.
- Check your settings for what your PlayStation Camera is seeing to make sure you're still in range.
- Go to Settings from your Main Menu.
- Select PlayStation VR from the list.
- Select Confirm your position.
- If everything looks good you can now load your game. If not, adjust your camera position and then load the game.
- Check the settings of your game to see if there is a play while sitting down option. This will be found in a different spot for every game, but you can almost always find the option from the main menu.
If you start to experience nausea, the first thing you need to do is sit down and collect yourself. You don't need to take off your headset unless there are no improvements after a few moments. Sometimes it gets to the point where you need to shut down the headset for a little while and take a break. Go have some water, eat some food, and then try again after your stomach has settled.
Use a fan
Many folks who frequently get carsick can tell you that fresh, flowing, cool air can make a serious difference. While you won't be able to feel it as acutely while wearing your head-mounted display, but it can still make a difference.
- Set up your fan on the outside of your play area.
- Set it on a medium speed that oscillates.
Having constant wind blowing on you can get a little annoying and that's why we recommend the oscillating settings. If your area is a little tight it's okay to use a
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The inner ear is linked to motion sickness in VR. If you start to feel dizzy that means its time to take a short break from VR. This rule also applies if you have a cold, an ear infection, or an eye infection. If things are already complicated you don't want to play on your PlayStation VR and exacerbate the problem.
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For dealing with that nausea
Best option for nausea
HomePointe FS40-8JCA Room Fan
The HomePointe is perfect for helping your nausea without making you uncomfortable. This fan has three speeds and the ability to oscillate. Use the short bursts of light air to help with your nausea and then keep using it to circulate air in your home!
For tighter spaces
Honeywell HT-908 Desk Fan
If you're working with a tight space you might not have the option of a room fan. This little fan is perfect for setting in the corner of your play space, turning on a low setting, and helping with your nausea. Don't worry about breaking it with an accidental kick. I've personally owned the Honeywell HT-908 for many years, through two kids, and it's still going strong.