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I don't really know how to phrase this, but I was wondering if it's possible to train your brain to gradually reduce motion sickness. I'd really like to enjoy games like Farpoint, Sairento, or The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners, but I can't play these games for more than 15 minutes without feeling the effects of motion sickness.

So I was wondering if those who are used to it have found methods to lessen the effects, or if certain games can help me get used to it without feeling the effects?

For exemple I noticed I had no problem playing a lot of Gun Club VR.

 

Any recommendation or advice is welcome.

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I would say it is possible to get used to it. I play VR games for a few years now and can definitly see a progress or learning curve my brain has made.

I remember playing games in the past which leads to motion sickness very fast but nowadays I don't have these problems anymore and I can say I'm a very sensitive person. (for example I can't read while sitting in a driving car cause the sickness kicks in very very fast)

It is a matter of training and how used your brain gets to the situation. At the beginning I would suggest to play games with a stationary position like beat saber or Dino Frontier. It's good to make your brain believe you see a realistic surrounding. It helps when you play games which have fixed points in game and when you move your head araound you see those points from different angles just like it would be in real life.

If you want to try games with movement I would highly suggest games where you move through teleporting (far point, skyrim, TWD Saints&sinners). In these games you can often change the settings between teleporting and free movement. In those games the camera rotation is another important point. I personally prefer a smooth rotation much over a "fixed" rotation where the camera rotate like 20° at once. This gave me very much motion sickness, especially when I have to turn around and have to make several fixed rotation in succsession.

In the next step you might feel a bit trained and want to try out free movement over teleportation. I found it helpful to "pretend" to walk. Meaning I move my hips slowly from left to right to make my brain think "oh! walking movement! then everything should be fine." Same goes with riding a horse in Skyrim - I imitate a movement and this sounds stupid (and I probably look stupid while doing this) it really helped me to get used to it.

When I play games with free movement I don't need to do walking movements. When playing "rollercoaster" games, like The American Dream or Pistol Whip I still do little steps with my heels just because it makes me more comfortable.

In addition I would recommend to not walk sideways. Better turn to the side and walk straight forward.

Next advise I can give: don't start with games which rush you. So don't start with far point or the walking dead. They are very good and fun games I really enjoiyed but when training your brain it's just hinderung when aliens or zombies wants to kill you. Take your time, play a more relaxed or cozy game like the playroom, Job simulator or Dino Frontier.

The last part are some general ideas on how to deal with motion sickness.

- try out if standing or sitting makes you feel more comfortable. Some games are played better standing, other better sitting.

- do little breaks to recover from motion sickness. MS is no reason to stop a game session. It might come quickly but will go quickly, too.

- stay hydrated

- ensure you open a window so your brain gets fresh air

- make sure the camera can track the VR correctly. PSVR -> keep your room dark so the lights can be tracked. PSVR2 -> keep your room well lighted so the camera can track your environment and the controllers correctly. When something hinders the tracking your POV can hover around and this will lead to motion sickness very fast

 

I hope this helps you and you can have more fun with your VR!

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I'll try some of the advices you gave and I added to my wishlist Job Simulator and Dino Frontier.

 

If anyone else got other advices and/or games to get used to the PSVR.

 

Also, I don't know if this information could help but I'm wearing glasses.

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On 5/23/2024 at 11:50 AM, Medoragent said:

I don't really know how to phrase this, but I was wondering if it's possible to train your brain to gradually reduce motion sickness. I'd really like to enjoy games like Farpoint, Sairento, or The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners, but I can't play these games for more than 15 minutes without feeling the effects of motion sickness.

So I was wondering if those who are used to it have found methods to lessen the effects, or if certain games can help me get used to it without feeling the effects?

For exemple I noticed I had no problem playing a lot of Gun Club VR.

 

Any recommendation or advice is welcome.

Yes. My 1st VR experience at home was playing Doom VFR and that made me so sick I had to run to puke/through up in the toilet.

Now I am in the top 20 on the global VR leaderboard here on Psnprofiles with 150 100%-ed VR games.

Just keep playing, 15 minute sessions, every few days. Like twice a week ir something.

Try and mostly play games with no movement such as Job Simulator in which the games moves around you.

Do research about games and buy games based on how much movement it has.

USE TELEPORTATION if the game requires movement.

BUT THE PS MOVE CONTROLLERS, PLAYING WITH THE DUALSHOCK 4 IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO AS A VR BEGGINNER.

 

And I mean, don't give up after the 1st slightly uncomfortable experience, it really does get better.

Motion Sickness is caused when your brain sees movement,but doesn't feel it.

 

Your brain thinks you were poisoned and is trying to get rid of the poison.

Once your brain figures out that it's a game you will be able to play anything just fine.

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I've never gotten motion sickness in real life with anything, however playing certain VR games was the first time I experienced motion sickness. Mainly with games where the movement doesn't match up with what I'm doing in real life such as walking forward in Horizon Call of the Mountain when in reality I'm running in place. There's also Gran Turismo 7 which I surprisingly get motion sick at sometimes because I guess the car is moving in-game while in reality I'm not. When I originally started playing those games I could only play them for a short time before I just felt odd and had to take a break, but now I could handle it for longer, though I'm not completely immune to it still.

 

For games that match your movement 100% such as Beat Saber, Job Simulator, and Moss Book I & II, I can play them for hours with 0 issues. Even games where you move by "teleporting" such as Vacation Simulator and Walkabout Mini Golf I have no issues with either. Walkabout Mini Golf is kind of interesting though because there's an (entirely optional) feature in game where you could point towards the sky and start flying and that instantly messes me up more than any other game lol

 

So yeah I think it can be learned, but in my opinion most of the best VR games are ones that match your movement 100% as they usually utilize the technology in a more creative way rather than just aimlessly wandering around

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Some games really messed me up and made me ‘motion sick’, i almost threw up a couple times adjusting to it

Its probably why i stopped using my VR2

plus im too tired to wanna game and stand up most days

sure you can sit and play

but youre just gonna whack your chair or something

just  play in short spurts and turn it off

thats what i started to do if i felt sick

20 hours ago, BlindMango said:

I've never gotten motion sickness in real life with anything, however playing certain VR games was the first time I experienced motion sickness. Mainly with games where the movement doesn't match up with what I'm doing in real life such as walking forward in Horizon Call of the Mountain when in reality I'm running in place. There's also Gran Turismo 7 which I surprisingly get motion sick at sometimes because I guess the car is moving in-game while in reality I'm not. When I originally started playing those games I could only play them for a short time before I just felt odd and had to take a break, but now I could handle it for longer, though I'm not completely immune to it still.

 

For games that match your movement 100% such as Beat Saber, Job Simulator, and Moss Book I & II, I can play them for hours with 0 issues. Even games where you move by "teleporting" such as Vacation Simulator and Walkabout Mini Golf I have no issues with either. Walkabout Mini Golf is kind of interesting though because there's an (entirely optional) feature in game where you could point towards the sky and start flying and that instantly messes me up more than any other game lol

 

So yeah I think it can be learned, but in my opinion most of the best VR games are ones that match your movement 100% as they usually utilize the technology in a more creative way rather than just aimlessly wandering around

Teleporting around in Walkabout Mini Golf disoriented me so many times, i almost fell over standing on my own two feet because teleporting to a cliffs edge told my brain ‘watch out youre going to fall off’

its amazing what the brain processes and what you know to be real

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Same with me. My first Vr game experience was Robinson Journey. And played it for over and hour. That alone made rest of my day a total nightmare with worst headache I got in my entire life. But next session ive try to play 10-15 minutes, 20-30 and soon after I could sit in Driveclub Vr for up to 2 hours without any side effects.

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I almost feel sick every day anyway VR or not so I don’t make a difference lol and I don’t. care anymore. There was only one game where I really need a break from VR because of sickness and my stomach started to hurt. Scavengers Odysee from PlayStation VR Worlds and maybe gran turismo 7 but that was my own fault I drove to a wall and my car started to turn like 10times in 3 seconds.  

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