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Point of View (POV)

The point of view or POV is the reference point from which observations, calculations, and measurements take place; the location or position of the viewer/object in question. This is especially important when preparing Virtual Reality software for consumption, as the different points of view of each eye of each user need to be taken into account in order to provide a field of view as close as possible to their usual perspective. Since each eye has a different point of view, each one needs to be shown a different image at any given time, with a field of view slightly to the right/left of the other eye’s field of view. Taken together, these images provide the user with a similar perspective and sense of depth as if they were physically at the location of the scene on a 2D screen.