The vast majority of our readers have never experienced Virtual Reality (poll results)

The vast majority of our readers have never experienced Virtual Reality (poll results)
It doesn't take a visionary to see that virtual reality, or VR for short, has a pretty good shot of propagating as a technology up to a point when most—if not all—households will have one on their bedside table. And sure, as all emerging technologies, there are hoops to jump through, hardware to miniaturize, and software to develop. But judging by the progress already made, VR is well on its way to becoming a part of our life.

But how many among us have actually tried it out in person? That's what we sought to answer when we asked you yesterday, and we've now closed voting in order to count the virtual ballots. Turns out, despite being overall more tech-savvy than the average person, the vast majority (~61%) have never experienced virtual reality. Furthermore, some 12% say they've only immersed themselves in VR just once, while 10% have tried it just a few times. That leaves us with a paltry 17% who actually own a VR headset and therefore have regular access.

Sure, it's just one sample, but in this case we feel it's indicative of our audience. In fact, it's not a stretch to imagine that a larger sample, with respondents from all walks of life, would yield an even more meager adoption rates. So there's still a long distance to cross for the new paradigm, but it's definitely fair to say that we're already moving along.

Have you ever tried VR (Virtual Reality)?

Yes, I've tried it once
11.7%
Yes, I've tried it a few times
10.35%
Yes, I own a VR headset
17%
No, I haven't
60.94%

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16 Comments

1. SimSim2016

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

first thing comes to mind.. SWORD ART ONLINE xD

10. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The about to change with the s7

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope its not because not everyone will get it :)

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Haha that would be nice lol

2. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

That guy in the photo looks so ugly

5. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Because Natural Reality is importanter (make it an official word dictionary.com, make it a word!!)

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because its still just meh, Even owning the VR myself, its just not good enough yet. The other huge major problem is your are cutting yourself off from your environment, not many people like that idea. Even I get meh at times for this reason alone. I see it as a niche device for certain situations, but hardly a 'group' activity imo. This is where AR shines, and imo will outdo VR, the ability to stay in your world and interact with it. Just like games, sure our faces our in our screens, but how often do we look at the desk, look around to rest the eyes and brain, to grab a snack or soda, to get up and stretch, pee, answer the door etc. Non of these essential simple things can be done easy or at all in VR. I can however do it with modern systems or AR.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

HTC vive has camera on front so they will be able to know if you are going to hit a wall.. Also for some game type AR is not a solution but on other hand its an amazing solution for other type of game. Looking foward to big event in wich we all put on AR google and go do war in real life in a forest thats would be crazy!

8. Awalker

Posts: 1960; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Until it gets to the point of something like a holodeck from Star Trek I'm not interested in it.

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Tried it, made me want to puke. I just get horribly motion sick, and VR just takes advantage to the max.

13. casualuser unregistered

I fail to see the point of what value would this VR thing add. In the longer run I assume it will only weaken your eye vision. Just my two cents.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i tryed Quake on a VR stand several time its was amazing to be able to turn around and look myself and they provided a gun thats i could see and move like i want.. I also tryed Battlefield 4 with VR google and some kind of thing you can run on it its was cool and combine physical work with gaming wich is a win win situation.

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