Virtual Reality vs. Screen-Based Simulators

Virtual Reality

Screen-Based

Full Immersion
SURVIVR’s simulators offers a total immersion into each scenario platform as soon as the trainee places on the headset.

Unlimited Outcomes
SURVIVR allows a nearly infinite number of outcomes and combinations based upon the trainee’s actions.

Responsive
Trainees interact with witnesses, complainants, and suspects as they would in the real world.

Portable
Due to the small size of the equipment, agencies may move the SURVIVR simulator to different locations. It’s as simple as relocating a computer and a couple of tripods. 

Six Degrees of Freedom
Trainees are untethered and may move through the virtual environment to walk, crouch, kneel, pie corners, and much more. 

Full Instructor Control
Instructors are in complete control of every aspect of the simulator, including the compliance of all characters, presence of contraband, and can choose between pre-recorded responses or voice as the characters within the scenario.

De-Escalation Training
Due to the level of responsiveness and interactivity of the SURVIVR, officers may use the simulator to train for the de-escalation of suspects and situations. Trainees may successfully de-escalate within the training.

Officer Safety Training
Unlike other simulators, SURVIVR allows trainees to position themselves properly while questioning suspects, conducting traffic stops, and can even pie corners before entering rooms.

Partial Immersion
Trainees stand in front of TV monitors or large, curved projection screens. The trainees are not fully immersed in the training environment. 

Limited Outcomes
Screen-based simulators use pre-recorded videos with only a few possible outcomes for each scenario. 

Non-Responsive
Screen-based simulators are pre-recorded videos, and a suspect will not comply or interact with the trainee. 

Not Portable
This large, bulky equipment requires its dedicated room or space and may not be moved from location to location. 

Limited Movement
Trainees are limited to moving in front of the screen and cannot move about the scenario on their own accord and their location is controlled by the video. 

Partial Instructor Control
Instructors may only direct the scenario at certain junctions. This process is not a seamless control as the video is obviously cut to a different clip, and serves as a clue to the trainee that something within the training scenario has changed.

No De-Escalation Training
Trainees cannot train for de-escalation with screen-based simulators. Just as talking to a TV show or movie will not change the outcome, the same is true with screen-based simulators. 

Limited Officer Safety Training
The video on screen-based simulators controls the trainee’s location and vantage point. However, trainees may position themselves to see more of the environment around them.