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SUNY Erie Library Resource Center

Virtual Reality

This guide will help you navigate your way into the world of VR at SUNY Erie City Campus.

Welcome

Virtual Reality technology has been enabling immersive learning environments for longer than you may realize, and the technology continues to really improve. While the educational potential that VR unlocks may not be the first thing that comes to mind, consider this: you can travel to and study places that are super far away (from the Louvre Museum in Paris, to distant stars and galaxies), not to mention places that don't even exist any more (from ancient Mesopotamia, to Pompeii before the volcano); you can also see, dissect, and study things that are otherwise invisible (think cellular level).

The potential is seemingly endless. So don't act like you're too cool for school and just game your life away. Dig in, explore, and enjoy! And obviously, feel free to ask your librarian any questions. We're all in this together:)

Things to Know

 

  • IF YOU HAVE ANY MOTION SICKNESS OR DEPTH PERCEPTION-RELATED SENSITIVITIES, THEY WILL MOST LIKELY BE TRIGGERED BY V.R.
  • These are smartphone-based headsets, so you’ll need a smartphone
  • For an optimal experience, you’ll want to download certain apps (linked in guide) so you’ll need some space on your smartphone
  • All units work with both Android and Apple phones—but compatibility issues will arise between certain phones and apps
    • These details are all listed in this VR guide
  • We’d really appreciate any feedback you have to help improve this experience—thank you!!

Some terms

from Penn State University Libraries' "Virtual Reality" LibGuide, Gowan & Wilkins, 2019