Virtual Reality: How is it different from similar terms?

Virtual Reality: How is it different from similar terms?

Virtual reality, or VR for short, is one of the fastest developing technologies nowadays. However, even though there are more and more devices to appreciate this technology and a massive library of games and applications that support it, many people confuse VR and AR.

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a simulated experience that can be very similar to or completely different from the real world. VR is more than just seeing. The immersion is achieved through a VR headset and allows one to be a part of a simulated world, as 360-degrees motion tracking mimics real-life movements and puts them in the simulation. VR applications include entertainment, education (e.g. medical and military training) and business.

Other distinct types of VR-style technology include augmented reality and mixed reality, sometimes confused with VR.

virtual reality is different from similar technologies

How is virtual reality different from similar terms?

While many people think there is only one type of virtual reality, it is far from true. Similar technologies include:

  • AR – augmented reality, that builds simulation upon the real world;
  • MR – mixed reality, that blends distinction between the real and virtual worlds;
  • XR – extended reality (sometimes referred to as crossed reality), that refers to all types of technology that combines physical and digital environments and allows interaction between humans and machines.

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