People who have played a lot of PC and console games are the worst at VR gaming and slower to improve than those who are new to both, a Chinese VR gaming company has found, forcing it to alter its plans. The firm has also found that the way people take to VR reveals so much about the players that they are now looking into developing a personality testing game for recruitment agencies.

To get an insight into the current field of VR gaming beyond the big numbers, we spoke to Beijing-based Nordic Trolls VR (the founder is Norwegian) which specializes in fantasy combat gaming.

“Gamers from PCs and consoles have been conditioned to play in a certain way. One example is, someone shoots an arrow at you and it gets stuck in you. A PC gamer will just leave it there because, in a traditional game, you can’t do anything. But non-gamers will grab it and pull it out,” said Thorbjoern Olsen, CEO of Nordic Trolls. “We found non-gamers will try more things that feel natural to them. The things they would do in real life they take into those conditions. For preconditioned gamers, it took them longer.”

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Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...