What Should Be Someone’s First VR Experience?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today, we want to know what you think everyone’s first VR experience should be.


Alright, full disclosure: I totally forgot to post a Community Download this past Monday. And then I forgot again on Tuesday. I don’t really have an excuse. But we’re back finally today!

SIGGRAPH is going on this week and I considered making the topic focused on that, but instead I decided to go a bit more broad. If you’re a big fan of VR then chances are you can trace that all back to a singular moment. Maybe it was watching Star Trek as a kid and seeing the Holodeck or maybe there was a movie or anime or game that really sold you on the idea. Or maybe you just tried on a VR headset for the first time and that initial, first VR experience just totally blew you away.

Whatever the case may be, something turned you into a true believer of VR technology and if you’re anything like me, you love introducing it to people for the first time to spread the wonder. As a result, you probably have a short list of must-try first VR experiences, apps, videos, or games that you always show someone whether that be on your Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, or even a higher-end wired device like a Rift, Vive, Index, or PSVR.

So when that time arises: What should be someone’s first VR experience? Which games, apps, or experiences are crucial for newcomers to try?

Let us know your picks down in the comments below! Our favorite answers will be featured in this Friday’s weekly VRecap news show.



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