Browse Definitions:
Definition

room-scale VR (room-scale virtual reality)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Room-scale VR (room-scale virtual reality) is the use of a clear space to allow movement for someone using a VR application such as virtual reality gaming. Being able to physically move within the space helps to replicate real-world movement for the user and make the virtual environment seem more real. The term room-scale distinguishes that type of setup from the self-contained environment of a VR room and from seated or standing VR, in which the user remains stationary.

Room-scale VR uses a combination of movement and VR headset tracking within a dedicated area to simulate moving in the virtual environment. To deal with space limitations, a chaperoned movement system guides users away from the real room’s walls and shortens straight-line movements within the game; players can also use strategies such as teleportation to avoid hitting boundaries.

Many experts were pessimistic about the adoption of room-scale VR because of the need for a dedicated or cleared space. However, a Valve hardware survey found that, of those adopting the HTC Vive, 81.5 percent were using room-scale VR with the minimum required space at 2 x 1.5 meters.

The Valve-partnered HTC Vive comes with the dual lighthouse (laser tracking) room-scaling solution, which set the standard in room-scale VR. Occulus Rift, originally developed for seated VR, has demonstrated its own multi-camera room-scale option. There are plans in place for a room-scale Playstation VR product at a lower cost, based on a webcam.

See a demo on setting up room-scale VR for HTC Vive:

This was last updated in August 2016 ???publishDate.suggestedBy???

Continue Reading About room-scale VR (room-scale virtual reality)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces. A...

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

SearchCloudProvider

  • cloud ecosystem

    A cloud ecosystem is a complex system of interdependent components that all work together to enable cloud services.

  • cloud services

    Cloud services is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional ...

  • uncloud (de-cloud)

    The term uncloud describes the action or process of removing applications and data from a cloud computing platform.

SearchSecurity

  • cyberextortion

    Cyberextortion is a crime involving an attack or threat of an attack coupled with a demand for money or some other response in ...

  • Cybercrime

    Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.

  • National Security Agency (NSA)

    The National Security Agency is the official U.S. cryptologic organization of the United States Intelligence Community under the ...

SearchHealthIT

  • Practice Fusion

    Practice Fusion Inc. is a San Francisco-based company that developed a free electronic health record (EHR) system available to ...

  • RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator)

    An RHIA, or registered health information administrator, is a certified professional who oversees the creation and use of patient...

  • 21st Century Cures Act

    The 21st Century Cures Act is a wide-ranging healthcare bill that funds medical research and development, medical device ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

SearchStorage

  • Random Access Memory (RAM)

    Random Access Memory (RAM) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

  • floating gate transistor (FGT)

    A floating gate transistor (FGT) is a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology capable of holding an electrical ...

  • bad block

    A bad block is an area of storage media that is no longer reliable for storing and retrieving data because it has been physically...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close