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Unless you are really into SpaceSims (like Elite:Dangerous) I would hold off on the VR hardware until 

a) more games (including those with novel concepts that make use of VR) are available

b) more is known about the 'vomit factor', i.e. what percentage is at risk to get sea sick after 10min (independent of the game)

c) the 2nd or 3rd Oculus generation is out with higher pixel densitiy (no screen door effects)

I had the chance to test the Oculus Rift DK1, and despite its bad specs it was very immersive. If you read the test reports for Elite:Dangerous with Oculus Rift, they are all really good. And don't forget watching VR porn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLqVxC6JWIM

Again, few killer apps out yet, and the hardware has still room to improve. Give it some time.

 

However, I would trust the Oculus specs. They have no interest in supplying customers with low-perf hardware, they RELY on smooth, non-puke experience. 

 

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Just marketing at work to catch the morons that can't do simple maths and read/interpret benchmarks.

 

  • to drive that you need a 900+$ PC in pure hardware (just the box) according to the min specs for VR. Add the costs for the 1. gen VR and you re looking at 1500+$ currently
  • now go look up benchmarks for a 970/390 at 1440p - which are done mostly at high to near highest settings.
  • 2x 1080p has ~10% more pixels than 1440p
  • now "imagine" how far you have to lower the seetings to get the min FPS - because that what really counts with VR - near the 90FPS mark. Opposed to a regular TFT where a drops here and there to 60-70 FPS wouldn't play are role while with VR it has really negative consequences.

 

It's doable with a 970/390, it will just look like shit in many cases. Now go and spend 1500$ on some first gen tech with spotty support which offers poor graphics. With ~2000$ in hardware incl. a 980Ti you ll probably see some drastic graphic quality improvements, but it still won't be high-ultra at 90 min FPS across all games.

Currently my 980ti can handle most games at 80fps with some only maxing out at 50ish and this is at 3440x1440. So I could easily hit 90fps at 1080x2 with some settings being lowered in a few games. 

But that is for games MAXED out. Games dont always have to be maxed out. Even most games look fine at medium settings even when compared to ultra. 

In reality the minimum reqs are right where they should be. If you want to play the oculus without motion sickness then you need that 90fps point. But like me and the dev kit 1, 60 is fine for me. But 970s can handle 90fps of most AAA games at medium to low settings. But thats why its a minimum req.

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Interesting.  I have no idea why, but for some reason I was thinking these things were gonna sell for like $300-$320 or so.

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I had the chance to test the Oculus Rift DK1, and despite its bad specs it was very immersive.

 

 

I used mine for about a month after I got it. It was....ok....but not immersive. Resolution was piss poor and long term eye strain was a thing. I am hoping most of it is worked out in the new edition.

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in addition to the old trackIR systems check out EyeX, Here is a video about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb2EcZMieoY

Video by DDG

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That thin just doesn't look like an enjoyable experience to wear.  It looks like its designed to use an Xbox controller until the new super special joysticks come out, probably for another $600 bucks.  So just to use a 1st gen production OR set up is going to cost $2500 to $3k easy.

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Some new news: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/01/htc-says-vive-preorders-to-start-on-february-29-with-shipping-in-april/

On a side note, I'm fairly hopeful this second coming of VR will take off. I was around the first time and got a chance to try out a 90s VR headset. The experience back then was very uncomfortable and visually confusing due to the limitations in technology.

This new generation of devices are much better positioned to be useful for a variety of reasons.

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On 3/9/2021 at 7:51 PM, Jesse_the_Scout said:

I just bought an Oculus 2 for $300. This shit's crazy. I ate a big bowl of Trix, played VR paintball with squeakers, and now I'm gonna barf. 10/10, the future is here.

Did you play any kind of serious flight game like IL2 or something like ELite Dangerous?

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Nah, I'm still figuring out how this thing works. My router isn't good enough to play through my PC smoothly, I've ordered a cable for now. This is more fiddly to set up than I anticipated, but I'm having fun just playing around with free/cheap stuff and demos for now while I learn how it all works.

Played some sword game: amazing. Played a zombie game: holy shit, legitimately unnerving. Played cheesy paintball game: I could do it all day if not for the barfing. Even just playing around with the starting software is enthralling.

I am 100% sold on this thing, I haven't been this amazed by new hardware since seeing an NES for the first time as a kid.

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On 3/11/2021 at 1:21 PM, Folterknecht said:

Did you play any kind of serious flight game like IL2 or something like ELite Dangerous?

I'm playing Elite Dangerous and DCS with it.  I'll never go back to pancake mode.  At this point, for any flight sim, monitors are for getting screenshots; VR is for actually playing.

The graphical fidelity isn't quite the equal of the monitor, but actually sitting in your cockpit, being able to turn your head and look off to the side...the immersion factor is amazing.  It's also just superior for flying or driving.

On 3/11/2021 at 5:24 PM, Jesse_the_Scout said:

Nah, I'm still figuring out how this thing works. My router isn't good enough to play through my PC smoothly, I've ordered a cable for now. This is more fiddly to set up than I anticipated, but I'm having fun just playing around with free/cheap stuff and demos for now while I learn how it all works.

Played some sword game: amazing. Played a zombie game: holy shit, legitimately unnerving. Played cheesy paintball game: I could do it all day if not for the barfing. Even just playing around with the starting software is enthralling.

I am 100% sold on this thing, I haven't been this amazed by new hardware since seeing an NES for the first time as a kid.

If you can play WoT through your router, you should do fine with Elite Dangerous; it's peer to peer for some reason.

 

But I agree: VR is just game-changing for a lot of games.

I have Skyrim VR, but the melee combat is a bit...bad.  You can just wave your hand and swing as fast as you want.  I'll probably just use Skyrim VR for sightseeing, and "seriously" play the game in pancake mode.

I do want to play a Doom VR game though.

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