Since the introduction of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in 2012, virtual reality (VR) has only skyrocketed in popularity, showing promise as the future of digital entertainment. As VR games and experiences have evolved, so has the gear.
Today, VR headsets come with loads of extra equipment such as controllers that track hand movement and room sensors that allow your movements within the play area to be translated into game movement.
The extra equipment, bulky cords and blindness to the player’s surroundings have made VR a tough sell for many consumers which has made the creation of dedicated in-home VR rooms a necessity for the aspiring VR enthusiast.
How to Create the Ultimate VR Room
Since you are blind to the real world when you’re in VR, it is crucial that the area is safe for the player.
- For size, the typical VR play area is roughly a 10’ x 10’ square in order to keep the player a safe distance from others and to get the most out of features like HTC VIVE’s room-scale mode.
- Soft padded flooring like our EVA foam tiles is the method of choice for VR experts as they provide plenty of grip and support for whatever the VR world throws at you.
- Another great way to ensure the safety of the player is to add a tactile buffer zone at the edge of the play area so the player can feel when they are about to leave the play area or hit a wall. A clever way to do this is to place our carpet-top tiles around the border of the play area EVA tiles to give the player a warning that won’t detract from the experience.
Once your play area and flooring are squared away, all you have to do is button-up the details. Placing furniture outside the play area and adding a large screen to show what the player is viewing is a great way to make VR a group activity.
Additionally, by removing reflective surfaces such as mirrors and giving the room sensors a solid background to distinguish you from the surroundings, you are less likely to confuse the system for a next-level VR experience.
The Future of Entertainment
With a snazzy and safe new VR room in your home, you’re ready to experience everything the virtual world has to offer. We Sell Mats is proud to offer the best source to purchase a wide variety of EVA foam mats that will get you VR game-ready in no time.