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Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Tim86, 30th Aug, 2016.

  1. Tim86

    Tim86 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone else purchased a vr headset yet?

    Got my htc vive about a month ago now. $1350aud incl shipping. But so worth it!

    Its full room scale virtual reality. So you pop on the headset which then shows you a full three dimensional game world and then you can move around in that game world just by walking and crouching etc... all movements with the hand controllers are one to one etc...

    So what does this mean?

    It means today I got to grab a gun out of the hand of a guy dressed in vr as a bunny rabbit and shoot him to death with his own gun. And then after the death match we fist bumped and threw chairs at each other while waiting for the next game to load...

    Typing this while the wife shoots some guys dressed as badgers with a rocket launcher.

     
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    The tech isn't mature enough and there really aren't any decent games available yet to make it worth the cost yet. I'll probably do it eventually, but I can't justify it yet.
     
  3. Tim86

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    The thing about the games was true a few months ago. But not any more. Some really awesome games now.

    And the tech is really good. Have you tried out the vive with some of the newer games? The controls and movement are spot on. The graphics arent 4k quality. But they arent bad either. Definitely real enough to fool the brain. Ive tried quite a few times to put my controllers down on a table, only to realize the table is in the game.
     
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    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    At $1350, I'm still inclined to wait another year or two. I've read a few reviews. It's good but there are still improvements to be made. Another generation or two and the price will be down a lot and the games and VR solutions will be a lot wider.
     
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    Was totally amazed by the Samsung S7 VR set I tried out in a Westfield shopping centre about one month ago.

    To me, the quality was unbelievable. I was on stage with Bono from U2, then on a roller coaster.

    Bit pricey but with a five finger discount it would be great value.
     
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    Haha would love to see you try and steal a vive. Massive box with all the sensors and controllers etc... in it.

    I havent tried the samsung vr but I had a couple of friends try it and they also tried my htc vive. They said the vive was way way better.
     
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    Definitely will have to try the vive.

    There's a google cardboard version of the vr that costs about $15 lol.
     
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    There's a cardboard Google cardboard which costs $2. Postage included.
     
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    Google Cardboard. I havent tried that either. But its a significant step down from the samsung gear vr. And if that one sucks compared to the vive then I wouldnt take it too seriously. But it could be cool to try out to get a taste for vr.

    To put it in perspective the vive has twin 1200p oled screens running at 90 frames per second each screen. And it takes a min $1500 pc to run it. Its hard for a phone to compete. Plus there is no room tracking or motion controllers.
     
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    Google cardboard is only something to get the feel of VR without having to spend a motza. Your phone is mounted in your headset; cheaper ones don't give you access to the phone controls. It gives the experience, but it's a very grainy experience. While there are better phone headsets that the actual cardboard one, they are limited by the phone itself. A phone which has a good resolution by itself is grainy in a headset.

    I'm not a gamer. Spending money on what is just a novelty toy isn't worth it. VR roller coasters and travel experiences are cool but just a bit of fun.
     
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    VR is an awesome experience. It won't take long for the porn industry to jump onto this lol.

    On a more serious note though, apparently
    the ederly are using VR to stave off demetia.
     
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    Dont laugh. Pretty sure redtube was giving away headsets ar one stage wity their release of vr pornclips
     
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    I'm keen to watch the development of active VR, like this type of thing.

     
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    VR is a little young for me to get involved, maybe in 2 years.

    Personally I am just excited about Thefl0w releasing Vitamin overnight for use on a Henkaku enabled Vita ;).
     
  15. Tim86

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    This is the one Im more excited about due to the ability to crouch and jump.

    Cyberith | product

    You do actually crouch and sometimes jump in the games. There was this laser tag game where there was a wall just too tall for me to see over. So I just jumped so I could look over.

    Another time there were 20 killer robots trying to get me so I crouched behind a bench for cover.

    So the need to be able to move freely is really important.
     
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    I think there will be a lot of therapies that take advantage of vr in the future. Ptsd exposure therapies would benefit from it a lot. Although you would have to make the exposure very very subtle. I have a mate with a phobia of robots after he watched I Robot as a kid lol. He lasted 3 minutes in the game Raw Data before he was screaming and ripping the headset off. It was very entertaining :D

    But imagine the freedom it will offer for disabled people or house bound people. Where they can explore not just outside, heck they can fly around on a broom stick and play quidditch if they want.
     
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    I honestly thought the tech was too young too. Until I tried it out.

    Ive seen demos going around the place. Sometimes in apple stores or at Umart. I highly recommend trying it. I think when people think of interactive motion controllers they still think of the wii. And when they think of virtual reality they imagine some sort of 3d tv.

    But the controllers on the vive are spot on. Using the wii controllers is like trying to change a tv channel by throwing rocks at the buttons on the tv. But using the vive controllers, I can actually put spin on a ping pong ball and counter the spin with 1 to 1 movements exactly like in real life. They are that spot on.

    And the virtual reality is nothing like 3d tv.

    Plus... wait for it... Rick and Morty is coming to Vr
     
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    If that doesnt do it for you. Then how about performing surgery on Trump?

     
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    Funny that in a real estate forum, people think first of gaming, porn, or even therapy but nobody has mentioned its potential in real estate.
     
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    Tim, don't underestimate the ingenuity of any pranksters in Western Sydney. With a hi-vis shirt, a trolley and a clipboard, whilst helping themselves to a new double door fridge, into which a vive would fit comfortably, anything is on the cards.
     
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