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IKEA In VR? Sure, Why Not

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For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, watch me go to IKEA.

Yes, as part of humanity’s ceaseless goal to bring every element of RR into VR because, fuck it, why not, there’s an IKEA VR Experience. Upon hearing the title, I actually found myself somewhat excited at the prospect of exploring a sometimes overwhelming store from the comfort of my own living room. I mean, how many times have you had to take multiple trips to IKEA just to measure the size of something, or to spend eons agonizing over two extremely similar office chairs? That, but without a commute? Sounds downright convenient!


And hey, I occasionally kinda enjoy just wandering around IKEA. There’s something weirdly comforting about the place despite the fact that, between purgatory-white walls and a meticulously sterilized depiction of “home” life, it’s like something out of dystopian fever flick Brazil.

Unfortunately, I found that instead of throwing in everything and the kitchen sink, the creators of IKEA VR Experience only put in a kitchen sink. It really is just a kitchen, a proof-of-concept and nothing more. It’s a shame, but I still did my solemn duty and recorded a quick video. Watch:

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When this new wave of VR started becoming a reality, home design and architecture were my first thoughts. I imagine being able to “tour” a building before it’s built (down to the placement/design of furniture) is going to be a very real thing very soon.