Time in VR

VR is becoming more accessible, and giving thousands of people access to worlds that they've never experienced before. From fighting space pirates in a far away galaxy to binging Netflix, or taking virtual tours of places halfway across the world. No matter what kind of app, or game you've decided to play, you need to know how long you can play at a single stretch.

Staying in VR for too long can have some consequences, so it's worth it to know how long you can stay in VR before you jump on in. Keep reading for the details.

Be Prepared

Gear VR

Before you go loading up your favorite game on your Gear VR you'll want to make sure you are ready to spend some time in VR. This means ensuring that you've got a decent charge on your phone, getting comfortable in a swivel chair, and tossing on a pair of headphones.

Likewise, you'll also want to double check that the intensity rating on the app you plan on playing is within your comfort threshold. Certain games can cause motion sickness and the like, so being prepared before you start playing is a solid bet. While you could just wing it, nobody wants to be that guy. Trust us.

Don't push your limits

Not everybody can spend hours upon hours inside of a VR headset. If you're using a Google Cardboard unit or a Gear VR, then you'll be limited to just how long your battery holds out. For those lucky folks with a PC VR setup like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift then time limits are a lot less finite.

An easy way to make sure that you don't end up tiring out your eyes, or ending up with a leg that's cramping after four hours of play, is to take regular breaks. A solid bet is to play for an hour, and then take fifteen minutes off to rest and move around. This also lets you hydrate, since depending on your VR headset you can easily work up a sweat. Realistically after an hour straight of AudioShield you definitely need to at least drink some water if you don't want to fall out.

Different apps require different amounts of activity. Just like not everybody will get sick during a high intensity app, not everybody can play for hours at a time without taking a break. Listen to what your body is telling you. If your eyes are getting tired, or you're becoming a sweaty mess, then it's time to take a step away from VR and return to the physical world.

Playing in VR gives you access to an awesomely immersive experience that you can't get anywhere else. Just like playing video games on a console, or a handheld device, taking a break every so often is a good call. Nobody can really tell when you need to take a break, but your body will certainly let you know when it's had enough.

There are already reports of people playing for 48 hours straight, so while it's possible to stay plugged in to VR for a seriously extended amount of time it's probably not a great idea. Know your personal limits. Make sure to take breaks for food, water, and other necessities. The most important thing of course, is just to go ahead and have fun.