<h2>What even is VR and why should I care?</h2>\r\n<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/136540-what-is-vr-virtual-reality-explained" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Virtual Reality</a>, or VR, isn’t a new concept. People have been toying with the idea of creating virtual worlds and experiences for decades now, with varying degrees of success. But the problem with this concept has always been accessibility and price. It was only after the 2010s that believable consumer friendly VR headsets became readily available.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_83401" align="alignnone" width="1920"]<img class="wp-image-83401 size-full" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/nicolas-arnold-hcfzUuQ3uw-unsplash.jpg" alt="Outside Inside: Exploring the Outdoors in VR - Ky Crethar - Sci-Fi VR" width="1920" height="1080" /> Is this the future of 'outdoor' adventures?[/caption]\r\n\r\nSo what is virtual reality and what's it for? The name is pretty self explanatory, it’s the process of creating virtual worlds and placing viewers within them to give the illusion that they’re actually there. VR headsets essentially place a 3D screen in front of your face that blocks out the real world. Additionally, the images that VR headsets produce use special visual techniques designed to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybyib5pAq7Y" target="_blank" rel="noopener">trick your brain</a> into thinking what you are seeing is real.\r\n\r\nBasically, even though VR can’t create super realistic graphics right now, it's close enough that your brain fills in the gaps to make it appear real. Most headsets also make use of <a href="https://www.makeuseof.com/what-is-spatial-audio/#:~:text=3D%20positional%20audio%20is%20an,3D%20sound%20bubble%20around%20you." target="_blank" rel="noopener">3D Positional Audio</a> to imitate how we hear sounds in the real world to increase the immersion. Depending on what headset you use, you may even use controllers.\r\n\r\nVR is incredibly popular for video game experiences right now, letting players drive virtual race cars, survive zombie apocalypses and partake in medieval sword fights. As someone who’s dabbled in these experiences before, I’m telling you now, with a little imagination and suspension of disbelief, they can be a tonne of fun and really pull you in. Sometimes almost too much…\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n[video]<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zBumL45Oes0" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>[/video]\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBut perhaps the more exciting avenue that virtual reality is exploring right now is giving viewers the ability to experience real life locations and experiences reconstructed in a virtual world. Giving users the freedom to look around as if they were really there.