Effects of Field of View on Performance with Head-Mounted Displays
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Kevin Wayne Arthur
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The field of view (FOV) in most head-mounted displays (HMDs) is no more than 60 degrees wide -- far narrower than our normal FOV of about 200 wide. This mismatch arises mostly from the difficulty and expense of building wide-FOV HMDs. Restricting a person's FOV, however, has been shown in real environments to affect people's behavior and degrade task performance. Previous work in virtual reality too has shown that restricting FOV to 50 or less in an HMD can degrade performance. I conducted experiments with a custom, wide-FOV HMD and found that performance is degraded even at the relatively high FOV of 112, and further at 48. The experiments used a prototype tiled wide-FOV HMD to measure performance in VR at up to 176 total horizontal FOV, and a custom large-area tracking system to establish new findings on performance while walking about a large virtua...