The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux

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robref Sep 13, 2015 @ 5:01am
Solutions for motion sickness:
I don't know what it is about this game, but it is one of the very few that ever causes me to feel sick when playing it. There are some areas (the blue changing rooms place) that are liable to send you over the edge. There are also some settings you can change to help out;

Controls: Camera Head bob - Turn this off.

Mouse Sensitivity - Turn this down. I use 25, this means you will 'turn' slower. At default settings it swings far too fast and that will just make you feel even sicker.

Advanced Graphics Settings - Motion Blur - Turn this off.

Field of View - This is low at 75 for default I think. Most people advise turning this up, to around 85-100. 110-120 may give a 'fish-eye' effect, so play around with this setting.

OTHER SETTINGS SUGGESTED:

Crosshair - Turn this on.


That's all I can think of. When I play, I notice the middle of the screen is more static and the sides warp, I don't know if *that* is the exact cause of the motion sickness effect, whatever the case is I've never had motion sickness in a game until I played this one. Changing the above settings help somewhat but I still need to take regular breaks with this one.
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U.J.H. Sep 13, 2015 @ 6:42am 
I've read that turning the crossair ON could also improve it. It makes sense, since it basically adds a fixed point.
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Dragonwitch Sep 13, 2015 @ 11:49am 
You can also try increasing FOV. Giving your brain time to react to a bigger area can reduce motion sickness as well.
ApacheSquirreL Sep 13, 2015 @ 12:55pm 
I find that its mainly rotation with the controller/mouse thats a problem. I like to do a 'long blink' when I turn so you don't see the rotation as much, helps me out loads. For small direction changes you can walk towards where you look.
robref Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:21pm 
Originally posted by Drachehexe:
You can also try increasing FOV. Giving your brain time to react to a bigger area can reduce motion sickness as well.

Already mentioned that.

Originally posted by ApacheSquirreL:
I find that its mainly rotation with the controller/mouse thats a problem. I like to do a 'long blink' when I turn so you don't see the rotation as much, helps me out loads. For small direction changes you can walk towards where you look.

Yup, shifting the mouse left and right on default settings = yuck. Toning down the mouse sensitivity is one way of dealing with this btw.
duke_meister Sep 13, 2015 @ 4:26pm 
I also started to feel a bit of motion sickess, mainly going through explored areas quickly when running/spinning more. Agree FOV and mouse speed are the two big ones, although I think FOV is already 90+ by default? (could be wrong).

I have a theory though that motion blur actually helps *reduce* motion sickess. I believe that as our eyes are trying to track a fast-moving camera view (too fast), having motion blur on stops us being able to to track details on screen with our eyes as the view spins rapidly ('kind of' like in real life). So I generally leave it on. Whatever works for you though.
Timelady700 Sep 29, 2015 @ 7:38pm 
Originally posted by U.J.H.:
I've read that turning the crossair ON could also improve it. It makes sense, since it basically adds a fixed point.
This. So much this. I don't know why it affects me so much (other than adding a fixed point, like you said), but having a crosshair on the screen can make the difference between playable and unplayable for me, hands down.
I'll try your advices as I had the same issue. So far, I found that playing windowed helps, but, in a game like this one, playign windowed breaks immersion.
Bloempje Nov 28, 2015 @ 1:54pm 
Turn off that head bob and set the Field of View to 90-100. I also got crazy eyed when I started playing, but these changes did the trick for me.
boocatButterbee Nov 29, 2015 @ 10:55pm 
Beautiful game, but I may not be able to play it. A few minutes in and I thought I was going to become ill from motion sickness.
duke_meister Nov 30, 2015 @ 1:31am 
Originally posted by boocatButterbee:
Beautiful game, but I may not be able to play it. A few minutes in and I thought I was going to become ill from motion sickness.

See your optician immediately.
boocatButterbee Nov 30, 2015 @ 2:32am 
Don't be silly!

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter doesn't flow smoothly when you move your head in the game; it jerks and skips ("stutters" may be a more accurate description.) It is a shame, really, because the game is exceptionally lovely. I simply cannot lose myself in the wonderful world they designed because of the visual hiccups.

My glasses are relatively new.
Also try to lower the mouse sensitivity. You'll move slower and probably you'll appreciate that. All the suggestions given above are obviously valid.
DocCovington Nov 30, 2015 @ 5:21pm 
1. Deactivate Motion Blur.
2. Reduce Mouse Sensitivity.
3. Also disable Camera Smoothing, if you must.
boocatButterbee Nov 30, 2015 @ 6:29pm 
I never thought of lowering the mouse sensitivity. Thanks
robref Nov 30, 2015 @ 6:42pm 
Originally posted by boocatButterbee:
I never thought of lowering the mouse sensitivity. Thanks

I included that in the original post! :P
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