Full body movement in VR is tricky. When your eyes see the world moving around you, but your body cannot feel the corresponding sensation of movement, the end result is often referred to as cue correction or sim sickness. Your brain tries to compensate for not being able to feel what your eyes see, perhaps by leaning in one direction or crouching, and for some people this makes you feel nauseous. That’s why many VR games put you in a vehicle or let you walk with your body instead of using a button to move.
Some games, usually fast-paced action games, use thumbsticks for virtual reality. To offset the potential of Cue Correction, most of these games don’t let you turn around quickly. Some games limit you to turning 30 degrees at a time, or make turns slow enough to reduce the chance of getting sick. In most cases, these games also have comfort settings that you can adjust to turn faster. Here’s how to use this feature without getting sick.
Every game calls it something different. Rig: Mechanized Combat, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Windlands all refer to these comfort settings, while Resident Evil 7 refers to it as Smooth Turn. The Brookhaven Experiment and others just give you a button to do a 180-degree turn with a blink instead of an actual rotation animation. There is no «right» or «wrong» way to handle motion right now, but if you find yourself wanting to turn around to feel a little more real, these are the settings you want to change.
These comfort settings are meant to be adjusted to suit your needs, but it is important to take them slowly. If you turn everything off and return to your game, at the very least you will find yourself very disoriented. Instead, you want to slowly make adjustments so you can go back to playing with each setting and make sure you’re comfortable.
It’s best to start with a turn. Turning slower can break that sense of immersion, so the goal is to try and set your turn as close to the speed you normally turn. This will require some tweaking, and it will be different for each game with these comfort settings, but the end result is a more personalized VR experience that will help you get into the game.
The most important part of playing at comfortable settings is that you don’t completely ruin your VR game by getting sick. The comfort settings are usually set as high as possible so that everyone can enjoy the game, so you slowly tweak the settings until they suit your needs. As always, if you’re feeling a little out of sorts when trying out new settings, the first thing to do is always take your headset off and take a break. You can even adjust these settings with the headset on the floor if you’re using a TV, so it’s easier to take breaks between tests.
Perhaps more important than making sure these settings are good for you is making sure you adjust these settings when you share your PlayStation VR with friends. Reset the settings to the maximum comfort level if you know that someone else will be playing on your headset, even if they have already used VR and claim that it has no problems. Moreover, this is a precautionary measure to prevent damage to the headset if it is quickly removed.