Game over – How to put your VR headset to good use

So, you bought that expensive VR headset in order to play the latest and greatest games, from SUPERHOT VR, to Beat Saber, to Half-Life: Alyx. However, there aren’t as many VR games coming out as you perhaps might have liked or hoped for, and you’re starting to wonder what you can do with the hardware while it collects dust on your shelf.

However, did you know that there are a range of different productive uses for virtual reality headsets? To help you to get started in putting the tech to good use, here are a few examples.

Plan your next holiday

With the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to interrupt many people’s way of life months later, it’s put a stop to international holiday plans for most people. However, while holidays might be some time away, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start preparing for your next one!

Aside from the usual routine of watching videos, and reading guides on where might be best to go based on what you want to do while relaxing, why not use your VR headset in conjunction with an app like Google Earth VR to do a bit of a trial run? From manic city breaks to relaxing beach holidays, you’ll be able to dip your toes in the water and see what it’s like, without dipping your toes in the water, of course. You also won’t get a tan.

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Invest your money

If you’re someone that has the relevant amount of capital available, and is looking to build their portfolio for the future, did you know that by using VR as a tool you can get started in the world of property investment from the comfort of your own home? 

Offering an extensive package with a ‘virtual tour’ of a given property from the comfort of your own home, alongside a screenshare call and a bundle of additional materials (such as video guides, pdfs and podcasts), RWinvest are one of the few companies currently offering a modern, forward-thinking solution to those that want to capitalise on current investment opportunities. This has already proven to be successful with international investors who can’t manage to get to their prospective investment due to the distance.

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Train yourself and escape

Ok, so this example is a little bit more for those going into certain professions and getting in-dept training in the workplace, but it’s still quite exciting and worth mentioning. From trainee surgeons to even NASA astronauts, did you know that VR (or at least specific versions of VR technology) is being increasingly used to accurately train skilled workers?

Leaning into the escapism aspect of virtual reality, why not aim for an experience that you simply wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else? A flight simulator, for example, will give you the sensation of flying an airline safely from destination A to B. If you want something a little more relaxed, but simply don’t want to pay extortionate popcorn prices and listen to others talk, then you could even simulate your own private movie theatre, and watch in solace. With VR, the possibilities are endless.

Solomen is a founder of OHT(Omghowto.com) and at his happiest when he's working with technology and able to help others. In his free time, he often listens to Baroque music and goes swimming. Feel free to contact me on social media!

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