University of Tennessee Libraries: Virtual Reality Room Opens Inside Hodges Library
From the University of Tennessee Libraries:
With UT Libraries’ new Virtual Reality Room, you can get away from it all without going anywhere.
UT Libraries’ Studio opened the Virtual Reality Room, or VR Room, this fall in the South Commons of Hodges Library. This new space is equipped with an HTC Vive gaming system that offers current students, faculty, and staff an escape from reality.
VR gamers are transported into 360-degree digital landscapes with the Vive headset. These immersive opportunities range from high-intensity games like Beat Saberto more calming experiences like The Blu/Whale Encounter.
The Studio offers about 30 virtual reality games and experiences through Steam, an online video game distribution platform, and is currently taking suggestions for other games. Patrons are welcome to log in to their personal Steam accounts to play, too.
The VR Room is a great place to blow off steam and have fun. According to Media Literacy Librarian Michelle Brannen, it is also a valuable learning experience.
“We’re seeing a lot more starting to happen in academics with virtual reality,” Brannen said.
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