My new VR headset

October 19, 2020 · Print This Article

The new Oculus Quest 2 to be exact. The headset that is increasing heart rates in the VR community. If you haven’t explored the world of VR, the Quest 2 is a standalone (wireless), slick and powerful all in one VR headset. You just pop it on, and you’ll be transported into any number of worlds. This is VR for the masses.

But why am I talking to you about it? I, like you, may not be the most likely VR customer. I fell into this alternate reality through the enthusiasm of a friend. And this whole new world opened up connections and immersive experiences of fun and education. All from the comfort of my living room!

Whether it’s Beat Sabering to The Greatest Showman or attending a VR meet-up, I feel I’m living and experiencing more. And the cool thing is that I don’t need to sanitise my hands, or social distance, or keep to the rule-of-six in these virtual worlds. So apart from a Covid-free universe, what activities have I found most interesting?

From play any game under the sun (well, almost), to binge-watching Neflix, or being able to make friends on the other side of the world in real-time, there are some experiences that have stood out. I don’t know about you, but exploring the deeper, maybe more spiritual questions of life, is something of an awkward social exercise especially if you are in face-to-face dialogue with others, or attending a physical event (if that is even possible right now). VR changes that. It enables exploring the spiritual in a more comfortable, less judgemental way, that has been a stand-out feature.

I had dinner with a friend this weekend. She had just bought the Quest 2 and was telling me how addictive it was. As a keen explorer of the meaning of life, she happened to find and drop-in to an event discussing the well-worn question, ‘Does God exist?’. She was surprised, pleasantly so, by the cordial discussion and freedom to question and explore such ideas. There was a certain kind of safety in the fact that you are in virtual reality, not reality, yet having a very real conversation.

I found this as well. And you might too. From open mic nights, to mediation, to church, there is something for you. If you’re interested, these events can be found on the VR platform called AltspaceVR. You can even attend in 2D on your computer.

I would love to hear how you get on at any of these events.

Richard Fowler

Richard is editorial assistant at Because

Photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash
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