I was able to experience the HTC Vive this past week – my second time playing with VR. What I enjoyed the most about this experience was the fact that I was entirely immersed in this world. It reminded me of being in a Star Trek ‘holodeck’, and excited me about the future of media and entertainment.
What I liked the least (which is directly related to what I liked the most) was that I couldn’t tell when someone was near me. For example, Kimiko walked into the room while I was playing a game and I had no idea until she said my name. I instantly felt exposed and insecure. One way the design team could fix this problem is to have an icon on your screen that shows when someone is approaching you (ex: motion sensors attached to the Vive) so you aren’t entirely unprepared.