HTC Vive Mixed-Reality Trailers Show What It’s Really Like To Be In VR

Impressive mixed-reality VR trailers are dropping, and they’re helping to show what VR is like for those who have had the pleasure of donning a VR HMD.

Those of us who’ve tried high-end VR like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift know it can be a life-changing experience. However, one of the challenges VR enthusiasts have is communicating in words how transformative VR can be. It’s hard, like describing a sunset to someone who’s never seen one.

That’s why you’ll often hear the comment that you have to try VR before you’ll fully understand it. Of course, that is easier said than done, especially with the limited availability and high cost of current VR hardware.

The next best thing, then, is to use video. Unfortunately, even with moving images, it’s hard to really capture what VR is actually like. Videos of it usually consist of in-game footage shown through the eyes of the player as they jerkily move their head around, combined with real-world footage of someone flailing around in a VR headset. Not exactly tantalizing.

Now, though, some developers like Sarah and Colin Northway of Northway Games, maker of HTC Vive launch title Fantastic Contraption (which is also included with the system when you buy it). What they came up with is ingenious, and you can see the end results below.