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Exploring the Effects of User Control on Social Engagement in Virtual Reality

W Wang, S Baker, A Irlitti

PervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare | ACM | Published : 2020


A key aspect of user experience in virtual reality (VR) is navigational control. However, when multiple users interact in a social VR environment, it is important that navigational control is designed to support social engagement. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between levels of navigational control, diminishing from fully independent to completely passive, and their potential impact on social engagement in a social VR environment. We conducted qualitative interviews with 12 participants who viewed video recordings demonstrating control methods and social interactions in a prototype social VR application. Our results demonstrate the diverse attitudes people hold about how soc..

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