5 Ways VR Can Help Make Coronavirus Quarantine Fun

Coronavirus. It`s the new reality we have to live with, whether we like it or not. Experts have stated that one of the most important and effective ways of keeping the virus at bay is social distancing. “Stay at home!”, they say.

But what are the activities you can do at home so that you would not lose your mind from boredom? There are definitely many when you start to think about it. Technology, and more precisely virtual reality, is one of the ways you can cope with home quarantine.

Let does look at some of the ways that VR can be helpful.

Remaining Connected

Humans are social animals. We grave to interact with each other and feel a sense of belonging. While at home, surely you can call people close to you to satisfy the need for interaction. Social media also helps.

Virtual reality, however, offers alternative ways you can connect with other people. VRChat lets you dive into a virtual world, where hundreds and thousands of people chat with each other and partake in different activities. If you enter the game with an open mind, you are sure to have loads of fun and meet some interesting people.



VRChat Funny Moments

Going to the Cinema

During quarantine, when people should avoid close contact with each other, many regular forms of entertainment are not an option. Going to the cinema is one of them.

Or is it?

With Bigscreen Cinema, going to the cinema is as easy as strapping on your VR headset. Meet thousands of movie fans from around the world and have a chat with them before your chosen movie starts.

If you want, you can also enjoy a private movie session together with just friends or family. You can talk to them while the movie is playing and have some casual fun, just like you would during a regular home movie session.

Or if you want to watch a movie or two alone, you can definitely do that too! VR also supports watching 3D movies which give an extra “oomph” and nice alternative to the regular 2D movie experiences.

Virtual Traveling

At the time of writing, traveling to and from most countries is not possible. Although nothing trumps the sensation of physically being to new places and experiencing them first hand, there are still ways VR can help!

With apps such as Google Earth VR and Wander you can travel to any place in the world with just a couple of clicks. Visit new places that you have always wanted to go to or bring back old memories by going back to destinations you have already been to.

There are also several other travel applications that let you experience destinations, activities and various land sights in an immersive and interactive way.

Gaming

PC and console gaming is one of the ways to keep yourself entertained while staying at home. If you are the kind of person who likes gaming in general but has not tried VR yet – do it!

I personally used to do a lot of PC gaming, but somehow grew out of it at one point. It was VR that got me hooked into gaming again, offering a totally new immersive “forget-the-real-world” sensation.

Although the content library is not comparable to PC gaming, there is still plenty to choose from and you are sure to find many titles and genres for your preferences.

Workout

If you are going to be at home anyway, why not do something that`s useful for you?

Working out!

I think exercising via VR might be especially useful for people who find it hard to motivate themselves to do regular workouts. VR brings along the “gamification” and “fun” factor and you are quite likely to forget that you are exercising in the first place.

There are also many different types of games to choose from- Starting from ping pong and boxing and ending with dodging bullets from alien spaceships. Something for everyone!

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Martin Rakver

I am a software engineer and tech enthusiast. During my free time, I like to immerse myself in the world of virtual and augmented reality, which I believe will be more and more prominent in the years to come.

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