VR Transitions and Depth

Why does CoreVR use instant transitions?

Virtual reality as a whole is still a new and emerging medium.

Fly-through transitions (watching the environment move around you) amazes some users but causes motion sickness for others. Requires CustomVR (manual conversion by a 3D artist)

Instant transitions (fade to black) is a new industry trend for movement in VR. Furthermore, instant transitions are available on a wider variety of spaces and perform better on a wider range of hardware. Included as part of CoreVR.

How does Matterport VR portray depth?

Matterport uses two methods to portray depth in virtual reality.

  • Gaze cursor — A grey circle in the middle of the screen that grows when looking at nearby objects and shrinks when looking at distant objects.
  • Stereoscopic mode — Two slightly different images for each eye. Different than monoscopic, which the same image for both eyes.

Most of the time, the gaze cursor is enough to show depth. Stereoscopic images can enhance the experience but require lots of manual cleanup, work better on higher-end hardware, and can cause motion sickness.

Therefore, Matterport CoreVR uses monoscopic views by default.

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