VR phone headsets have made shooting pirates in space or catching your favorite TV shows where no one can beat you easier than ever. Of course, since your VR headset is running on your phone, you may run into problems. One of the biggest things that can go wrong is your screen being accidentally hacked. While even a small crack may seem out of place, an insignificant one can have a serious negative impact on your gaming experience.
What happens if I try to play VR with a cracked screen?
Your phone is what makes VR in Daydream or Gear VR doable. It’s not just the processor that runs the experience you see, it’s also the screen where you view those events. If there is a crack on the screen and you are trying to jump into VR, you may see streaks of light or wave distortions that run across the screen. This means your phone is no longer suitable for VR.
Also, if you try to play in virtual reality, you will probably run into some issues. Namely, games won’t load properly on your screen or will get stuck on the loading screen. It’s obviously not perfect, but when your game won’t load, you can bet it’s due to that crackling noise on the side of the screen.
Why should I avoid VR if my phone screen is cracked?
Apart from the obvious problem of your phone being unable to open many VR apps with a cracked screen, you can also do some pretty serious damage to yourself. Remember that when you have your headset turned on, your eyes are a few inches from the screen.
This means that if your phone shows waves of distortion or flicker that might not be obvious when held at arm’s length, it will be right in front of your face. Even a few moments of this kind of stimulus for your eyes can have quite negative consequences. They run the gamut for headaches, eye strain and nausea. So if you really want to enjoy VR, don’t forget to leave VR until you fix the cracked screen.
Also, it’s worth remembering that while you may only see a small hairline on the screen, this can cause much more damage to components that are out of view. Many of them are fragile, like your accelerometer for example, and they are absolutely essential for your phone to work in VR mode. For example, if your accelerometer is damaged, you won’t be able to play VR even if you fix the screen because your phone can’t properly process your movements in real time.
How can I fix this?