VR COVER INTERVIEW
We spoke to VR Cover’s Ryan Dawson to find out more about replacement face cushions and how they’re being adopted by VR fans around the world.
What are the main advantages of VR face covers?
Ryan: The main benefit and reason we started VR Cover is the improvement in hygiene. If you ever share your headset with friends and play quite intense or active games, it’s not a pleasant experience to push some damp foam full of sweat onto your face. We’re based in Thailand (where it’s hot most of the year) and found sharing sweat disgusting. You can also achieve marginal improvements in FOV by bringing your eyes closer to the lenses. Some users prefer a thicker foam that offers more comfort, but thinner is usually more popular. Gamers are always interested in trying to push the FOV a little further.
If a major benefit is it makes it more comfortable for multiple users, do you sell to a lot of arcades?
Ryan: The majority of our customers are individuals, but the number of arcades is rising rapidly. The Gear VR is also becoming a popular marketing tool for events.
Which of your covers are more popular, the ones for HTC Vive, Gear VR or Oculus Rift?
Ryan: The HTC Vive is the most popular, followed by the Oculus Rift and then Gear VR. There’s a lack of demand for Google Cardboard or Daydream headsets. The current Daydream doesn’t use replaceable foam either, which makes designing for it difficult. We’re looking at alternative solutions though.
Find out more information about VR Cover at www.vrcover.com
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