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    Default Anyone Have a VR Headset?

    I've recently gotten a PC capable of VR and I'm interested in checking it out. I suspect that if I bought a headset, it would be mostly a novelty item, and I'd tire of it very quickly. I think hardware and software developers are still trying to figure out how to use VR... Just curious if anyone around here has a headset or has used one extensively and what for.
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    We use both VR and AR in the clinic (Rift & hololens), so my experience comes primarily from playing around with that. Tried using cellphone-driven headsets for watching movies while traveling but it was too unsocial for my tastes. I've tried out the Rift and the Vive but the game demos didn't really do anything for me. Some of the imnersive documentary type content (concerts, events, retelling of refugees' experiences, mountain climbing, flying, underwater exploration etc) were really compelling though.

    My fave so far has been the Oculus Go and I'm thinking about buying that, but, again, it's kinda boring watching a movie while wearing a headset.
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    With all that said I'm pretty sure porn is still VR's killer app and you'd have to ask yourself whether you're titillated by the thought of being tethered to a computer with your pants down without being able to see or hear your surroundings. I think there may be some downsides with placing oneself in such a precarious predicament.
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    With games you can move around and experience things from different angles. But with movies - documentary, drama and porn - are you in a fixed perspective? I think VR won't really take off until people can interact in a VR environment. Like if you're watching a movie, if you can see, speak with, avatars of friends who are also watching. Or if the live chat room becomes you and whoever else in a VR room, talking, gaming, sharing video/ audio/ whatever, via individualized avatars. When you can do that, and do it over the internet, it seems that will be the next level.
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    i don't even like not being able to hear my surroundings. I don't wear earphones/headphones to listen to music or when playing games - only speakers. I'm obliged to use a headset for work for all my meetings, but only ever have one ear plugged in.

    The thought of plugging into VR and cutting off my sight as well as my hearing is not a pleasant one. Even for porn.
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    I had a prototype Oculus and have a g1 Vive. The screen door effect on the Oculus was a bit much. The Vive was fine most of the time, but the screen door effect shows up again for anything that's too Red/Green/Blue.

    There isn't enough of a VR market for really high quality games, so it's likely going to end up mostly as a novelty. There are some good games though - I liked Raw Data, but it's better if you have someone you can play with. FPS's are also a lot more tiring when you have to physically move around, duck, and swing your guns around, so it's best played in 20 minute sessions. Elite Dangerous, although a bit shallow when played normally, it's really great in VR. I've never used it for movies - I don't see the point.

    You should also figure out how susceptible you are to simulator sickness. One of my friends really liked the game "Onward", but to move more than a few feet you have to use your controller to move your avatar, and that's instant nausea for me. I've never been able to play it because I can't stomach movement in that game. I have to stick to games that either allow teleporting (like Raw Data) or have you sitting in a vehicle (like Elite Dangerous).

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    I do classes/programs with the PSVR. I use the original PSVR at work and have the revision at home. My girls love it and we've recorded far to much time playing Job Simulator and the Playroom games. The AstroBot game is top notch, as much fun as I remember having playing Mario on my original SNES. At work we do CoolPaintrVR, some eagle flight and the Playroom. I haven't noticed the screen door effect while playing and no one has mentioned it to me. So maybe its not something your brain registers until you know to look for it. Lots of first timers have a hard time grasping the concept of painting in 3D and the older crowd usually compares it to the holodeck.

    I know the PSVR can play 3D movies but I haven't tried it yet.

    Sony has sold ~5 million headsets so far, according to r/PSVR stores are having trouble keeping the move controllers in stock. Valve just sold out of the Index within 30 minutes of it going on sale a couple of days ago. So I consider the concept more fledgling than novelty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeKhan View Post
    With games you can move around and experience things from different angles. But with movies - documentary, drama and porn - are you in a fixed perspective?
    Fixed viewpoint but because you can look around (with the audio responding to your head movements) it is very immersive. Content creators are rapidly learning how to tell stories in this new format.

    I think VR won't really take off until people can interact in a VR environment. Like if you're watching a movie, if you can see, speak with, avatars of friends who are also watching. Or if the live chat room becomes you and whoever else in a VR room, talking, gaming, sharing video/ audio/ whatever, via individualized avatars. When you can do that, and do it over the internet, it seems that will be the next level.
    Think most of this is already possible, but prices are still a little too steep for widespread adoption. That's definitely going to change over the next few years; now that the porn industry has embraced VR with open arms, its success is inevitable

    I just realized the Oculus Quest has been released btw looking very good. Not sure it's quite reached the point where you can replicate 60% of the experience of watching an IMAX 3D movie from the best seat in the theatre in the comfort of your own home, but it's getting there.
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    I got a PSVR.

    Beat Saber is the game to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    I got a PSVR.

    Beat Saber is the game to get.
    I'm sorry but this sounds like porn I advise against googling it on a work computer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    I got a PSVR.

    Beat Saber is the game to get.
    When I pitched my VR program at work the first question from one of the committee members was if I was going to get beat saber as well.
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    Yeah. I get motion sickness even from the games where you have a fixed frame of reference (like Bow To Blood where you're the captain of a futuristic gun skiff) but Beat Saber I can play until I'm exhausted.

    And I'm slightly in awe of the people managing Expert+. I have, however, advanced to a level where I find "Hard" is too easy.
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