Blocking Sounds Could Help You Experience VR In a More Immersive Way

From Lifewire

“VR has limitations and sensory disconnects that a human can easily discern,” Todd Richmond,  the director of the Tech & Narrative Lab at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an IEEE member, told Lifewire in an email interview. “Providing only visual environments and cues means the other senses (hearing, touch, smell) are likely experiencing something different than what the eyes are seeing. That disconnect—and in more extreme cases, motion sickness—breaks immersion and focus for the user.”

Richmond noted that “haptics are still limited to mostly force feedback on hand controllers, but having some kind of ‘feel’ helps the brain stay engaged in the VR experience.” Accurate tracking is another “capability that can make or break VR immersion,” he said. “Having body movements correlate to appropriate changes in VR space tends to be critical for drawing users in and keeping them engaged.”