The HTC Vive offers some mind-blowing virtual reality experiences. Some games like HoloBall can help you work up a huge sweat and take off pounds. One only has to look at the reviews of the game from users on Steam.
"Superbly awesome, I am so freaking sore from this game. Love it!" says Marcpullen.
"Tron raquet ball [sic]... a surprisingly good workout and an excellent use of VR," claims Trakken.
Then, there are the HoloBall fans on Reddit.
The only thing that has been an issue is that, at times, the left racquet disappears or floats in an area you can't reach. This could be happening because the computer HoloBall is being run on has the minimum requirements for virtual reality (8GB RAM, GeForce GTX 970 GPU), but it's not that big of a deal. Besides, it's probably better to play racquetball with just one racquet instead of two. You really feel like you are holding a racquet in your hand and are shocked back into reality when you realize it's just one of the Vive controllers again. It's hard to explain, but you actually see your controller (as a racquet) in the virtual reality world.
HoloBall has all the requirements for video game addiction -- it's simple, it's fun, it's inviting, and losing makes you want to start all over again. However, your addiction will also lead to great cardiovascular exercise, and, if you are like most Americans who are overweight, it will certainly help you shed off some pounds. HoloBall may not be the best or most talked about experience on the HTC Vive, but it certainly offers the most benefits.
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