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Virtual Reality Sickness and Challenges Behind Different Technology and Content Settings


VR sickness (Cybersickness) presents an important challenge in virtual reality environments. We present the results of a study on the effects of VR technology and VR video content type on VR sickness and on autonomous nervous system of the user. The participants watched two omnidirectional (360°) videos of different content types (neutral and action) on five distinct video display types (2D TV screen, three generations of Oculus Rift VR HMDs and on the mobile Samsung GearVR HMD). The Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ) in combination with the measurement of the physiological parameters (skin conductance and skin temperature, respiratory frequency and heart rate) were used to monitor the participants’ physiology. The results show that video content significantly affects the SSQ grading and the skin conductance level. VR sickness effects were significantly reported less often with TV display type than with other VR HMDs.

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We would like to thank all the participants for their time and effort. The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Slovenian Research Agency (research core funding No. P2-0246 and No. P2-0225).

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Guna, J., Geršak, G., Humar, I. et al. Virtual Reality Sickness and Challenges Behind Different Technology and Content Settings. Mobile Netw Appl 25, 1436–1445 (2020).

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  • Virtual reality
  • VR sickness
  • SSQ
  • Cybersickness
  • Psychophysiology
  • Skin conductance