Reducing motion sickness in the Metaverse

Todd Davis
5 min readAug 8, 2023
Photo by Freddy Kearney on Unsplash

Virtual reality (VR) and the metaverse are new and exciting technologies that are quickly becoming more popular for both gaming and business applications. However, for some people, VR can cause motion sickness. Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea, dizziness, and disorientation that can occur when your brain receives conflicting information from your senses. This can happen when you are in a moving vehicle, such as a car or boat, or when you are using VR.

If that’s you, you are not alone. 25–40% of people who have tried VR have experienced motion sickness, dizziness, and nausea as a result. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to reduce or eliminate motion sickness in VR. Many can be tried at home, and many are at little to no cost.

Here are some basic tips to try first:

  • Start slowly. If you are new to VR, start by playing games and apps that have little or no motion. As you get used to VR, you can gradually increase the amount of motion in the apps you use.
  • Stay seated… or get up. Many games and apps can function well either seated or standing. Sitting down can help reduce the sense of vertigo and keep you from falling. For some however, the sense of sitting while the world around them is moving is disconcerting. Try different modes of playing to see how it affects your experience.
  • Get your VR legs. Just like getting your sea legs, you can get your VR legs by gradually increasing the amount of time you spend in VR. As you spend more time in VR, your brain will start to adjust to the new environment and you will be less likely to experience motion sickness.
  • If available, see if the application offers a “Simulated VR” experience, such as using Microsoft Mesh on the desktop or web browser. This alternative reduces the immersion and makes it less likely to cause motion sickness for most people.
  • Studies have shown that positive verbal reinforcement from trusted sources can have a positive impact on motion sickness. Ask a friend to give you positive verbal messages such as, “You’ll be fine.” or, “You’ll feel a little better each time” when discussing your motion sickness and prior to your experience.
  • Adjust your headset. Make sure that your…

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Todd Davis

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