Most people are familiar with the term “virtual reality” given the media coverage it’s received over the past couple of years. We keep being told how it’s “the future” and how it will change our lives, but many people struggle to actually see real-world applications for it.
However, that could be about to change, as you could soon be undergoing company training in virtual reality (VR). A number of companies are exploring the option as a way of increasing engagement and retention levels for employee training.
VR uses 3D-generated images to immerse a user in a simulated environment, making them feel like they are actually there. VR can be broken down into two types—mobile VR and desktop VR. For mobile VR, users insert their phone into a VR headset and they are immersed into different environments through applications on their phone. Headset brands include Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, and with prices as low as US$10, millions have been sold worldwide. Desktop VR is powered by a high-end desktop computer or laptop and tends to be a higher-quality experience, with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR being the main players in the market. However, the high price of the computer and headset required for desktop VR makes adoption impossible for many.
For corporate training, the cost of uptake may not be of concern if the ROI is sufficient, but are managers willing to take the chance to find out?
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