Why shoot in virtual reality?
Virtual reality is offering enthusiast, professional and amateur shooters the chance to make real world improvements in their game from the comfort of their home. Imagine being able to train safely, for as long as you like…with unlimited ammo!
We all know how frustrating it can be to spend a few hours shooting only to find your aim is off and you missed most of the clays or birds. And the problem is that that issue only worsens the less you are able to get out and practice. It can really zap the enjoyment out of your game. With VR that need no longer be the case!
VR has come on in leaps and bounds over the years and so many people are shocked at the realism of the shooting experience. This is being pushed even further with Meta’s latest offering, the Quest 3 which boasts improved processing power, higher resolution and refresh rate improving the visuals for the player. Obviously an important thing when you are trying to spot small clays at a distance! VR offers total immersion in the game…you are in the field without the mud and rain!
When combined with a fully adjustable gunstock, like the Duck Hunter, all your senses are onboard. Now it can LOOK and FEEL, like you are shooting your own gun. The Duck Hunter can be adjusted to match any gun and with an internal weight to mimic the weight and balance of your gun – any training you do in VR transfers to the real world. Accurate shooting is largely about training your muscle memory which is why the Duck Hunter is designed to be able to match your real gun as much as possible.
Being able to put in time to practice at home will lead to improvements in your real game, as well as your enjoyment! Not only that but games like Clay Hunt VR offer you the chance to try different disciplines at the touch of a button. You can go from shooting clays, to skeet, to pigeon or pheasant shoots within minutes! Why limit yourself!
Some of the things our customers have loved after using the Duck Hunter include:
- The sim enables them to know where they have missed enabling them to ‘practice until you get it right!’.
- Being able to practice all day, every day and at any time.
- The realism of the sim, together with the Duck Hunter’s ability to match their real world gun in fit, weight and balance. They report this has given them the opportunity to build muscle memory accurately in terms of swing, aim and follow-through.
- The cost saving – lets face it, shooting for real is expensive and if it doesn’t feel like you are getting anywhere it can make you reluctant to keep digging into your pockets. Practicing with the Duck Hunter makes time spent shooting for real more valuable.
- Real world improvement in game – a few of the improvements customers have reported include improved scores for real shooting as well as, reduction in micro-flinch with recoil and improved eye-shift after practicing with the Duck Hunter.
Here’s what a few of our customers have said:
“I shot 100 straight last night and treated it just like a competition. I actually felt the match pressure.”
“I have to say this set-up is invaluable. I’m seeing a big improvement in both my shooting and my confidence.”
“I love being able to have unlimited practice on particular targets I have been struggling with and have seen real improvements.”
What do you need to get started?
Meta Quest 2
The Quest 2 was a watershed moment for virtual reality. Originally sold as a loss leader, the price has gone up and now come back down as it finds its place as the entry level headset in the Quest range. But don’t let that fool you, the Quest 2 is an excellent headset that has introduced millions of users to the wonders of virtual reality. Clay Hunt VR was originally launched on the Quest 2 and by far most users of Clay Hunt VR are still using this headset. Things to consider include the size of the Quest 2 headset in comparison to the smaller headsets of the Pro and upcoming 3. Depending on your shooting technique and how you mount the gun, some users may find that their headset makes contact with the trigger controller. However, Mega VR have worked hard on the design of our Duck Hunter to ensure Quest 2 users will still be able to fully enjoy their experience by being able to adjust the gunstock to suit your every need.
Meta Quest 2 is currently marketed at £299.99 (also $299.99 USD)
Meta Quest 3 (launching in October 2023)
Due to be released for general sale in October 2023, the Quest 3 will offer a number of upgrades over the Quest 2. The headset is slimmer and the controllers are self-tracking, meaning they no longer need the bulky halo. The result of these upgrades for Clay Hunt VR and Mega VR Duck Hunter users is the ability to shoot using a one controller set-up and zero chance of the headset making contact with the controller no matter how far forward you mount on the gunstock.
Meta Quest 3 will be marketed at £499.99 ($499.99 USD) upon release.
Meta Quest Pro
The Quest Pro is Meta’s premium headset and many of the upgrades you see in the Quest 3 were first introduced with the Quest Pro. Again there is a slimmer headset and self-tracking controllers enabling a one controller set-up for your gunstock. The Quest Pro has upgraded lens and processor which gives you a higher resolution and better performance. This headset is a firm favourite amongst sim racers and flight simers.
Meta Quest Pro is currently marketed at £999.99 ($999.99 USD)
Mega VR Duck Hunter
The Duck Hunter has been carefully designed to enable more adjustments than any of our competitors (and “real” adjustable stocks worth thousands). As well as length of pull and comb height and tilt, you can make advanced adjustments such as butt length and rotation and independent comb and butt cast, making it the perfect companion for professional and competitive clay shooters as well as those wishing to play purely for pleasure!
Having a well fitted gun is essential to ensuring your gun shoots where you are looking – this has been at the heart of our design for the Duck Hunter. At MegaVR we recognise the huge potential for VR as a sports training tool, allowing virtual athletes to train in the comfort of their own homes in sports which are otherwise purely outdoor activities and limited by the weather!
Adjustments are quick and easy to do and you can make note of your main settings with built in measurement marks, meaning you can play with friends without worrying you wont be able to readjust to fit you. The Duck Hunter can also easily be converted from right to left-handed within a couple of minutes.
Clay Hunt VR
At Mega VR we absolutely love Clay Hunt VR. Shooters are able to practice a huge variety of shooting sports including:
CLAY SHOOTING: American & International trap, double trap, skeet and sporting clays with multiple courses.
BIRD HUNTING: Ducks, pigeons and pheasant drives in varying bird hunting challenges!
MULTIPLAYER: Shooters are also able to play multiplayer games by joining the Discord channel which holds regular competitions but also allows you to play in private rooms with friends!
This sim enables players to shoot their way, with varying levels of difficulty, from beginner to professional standard.