This Man Has Already Lost 10 Pounds From Playing Skyrim VR

by David Jagneaux • April 11th, 2018

Skyrim VR just came out a little over a week ago for PC (our full review) and one dedicated player (elliotttate on Reddit) has already used it to lose 10 pounds. In case this isn’t obvious: that’s extremely rapid weight loss.

The player accomplished this by enforcing rules upon himself that both increase the game’s immersion and force him to be as mobile and active as possible. Skyrim VR on PC already supports motion controllers and standing up while you play, but there’s currently a bug that restrict’s the player’s hitbox in place even if you physically move around your room. One of his rules was to ignore that bug and attempt to physical dodge arrows and spells just by moving around his environment.

He also read all of his character’s dialogue out loud and never rode a horse or fast-traveled at all while playing. That’s right: he ran everywhere.

By simply walking, jogging, and sprinting in place at whatever speed his character was moving, he was able to not only simulate the feeling that he was actually there, but was able to work up quite a sweat as well.

“In my room-scale room, I laid down a couple yoga mats, strapped on my running shoes, blasted a fan on me at full blast and learned to run in place to the exact speed of the game movement speed,” he writes. “I also learned to sprint really fast at the exact speed of the sprint that uses stamina in the game (which you don’t realize is fast until you have to physically run that speed). At first, I just chose a direction and decided to do a 30 minute run. With all the mods loaded, the beauty of running through the cobblestone streets at night, with lanterns swaying to the side and a thousand stars in the sky was purely magical – breath taking!”

After that warm-up run he starts to do quests, talks to NPCs, and engages in some of the most immersive roleplay possible. While most of his tricks are artificial limitations on the game or self-enforced measures that could easily be done without the game, when you combine them with the visual feedback of Skyrim VR’s game world, it feels much more effective.

While it would be no doubt unhealthy to sustain that level of weight loss, assuming he’s led a primarily sedentary lifestyle with minimal to no exercise previously, it’s likely just water weight and his loss will level off soon.

Making up for a lack of in-game mods on PSVR with real-world mods.

Previously we wrote about a man that used a treadmill to simulate the feeling of walking across the entire map on Skyrim VR for PSVR, so this takes that idea to grand new heights. We’ve also covered other VR users that have lost upwards of 50 pounds using VR.

The results are quite promising, especially when you consider that Skyrim VR, a game that can be so immersive and addicted that people often neglect physical fitness to play it more traditionally, is directly responsible for this man’s weight loss. VR really is a game changer.

You can read more about elliottate’s endeavors in the Reddit thread — he has taken to the comments to provide more details. Let us know what you think of this down in the comments below!

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  • StartTheFire

    “a bug that restrict’s the locks the player’s hitbox”

    Maybe ask a friend to proofread for you next time.

  • daveinpublic

    That would be funny if the gamers of the future were the most physically fit.

  • Ben Tanner

    I hope that guy gets his ten quid back

  • David D. Taylor

    That’s awesome! I’ve been using VR to lose weight since January. 30 lbs down, a lot more to go!

    Never thought to use Skyrim though. I was using BoxVR, and now recently, have almost exclusively been using Sprint Vector. I’ve never been excited to work out until I could play a game to do it. 🙂

    • Grey Lock

      Wow – very cool – I play Elite Dangerous on a tv while I run, but haven’t yet tried exercising with VR…

      • David D. Taylor

        Sprint Vector has been great. It gets my heart-rate… honestly… higher than it should be. 🙂 It’s mixing my love of VR and my stubbornness on winning to push me to be much more active than I ever would be at the gym.

  • Mikenseer

    Good to see Fitness + VR making its rounds on all the VR publications. It’s one of my fave subjects to write on.

  • D3stroyah

    And there we go gyms closing up

  • It seems that VR is helping a lot of people in staying fit