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Old 01-04-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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Looks like a bunch consumer versions will out later this year (within 6 months).

Figured we could use a separate thread as CES 2016 is nearly upon us.

The Oculus Rift will be up for pre-order in two days (no actual release date or price as of yet). HTC Vive should be out in April, no pricing confirmation. Playstation VR maybe in Q2 with no price as of yet.

I've had the chance to try all 3 and heaven help me I'll probably buy all 3 models. Will need to build me a new computer though; a GTX 970 has been declared a minimum for the Rift.
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The only one I'm interested in is Playstation VR (since I already have the device necessary to run it). I'd like to try it out first though -- a bit nervous it would give me motion sickness and I'd have flushed $300-400 down the drain.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:22 PM   #3
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Looks like a bunch consumer versions will out later this year (within 6 months).

Figured we could use a separate thread as CES 2016 is nearly upon us.

The Oculus Rift will be up for pre-order in two days (no actual release date or price as of yet). HTC Vive should be out in April, no pricing confirmation. Playstation VR maybe in Q2 with no price as of yet.

I've had the chance to try all 3 and heaven help me I'll probably buy all 3 models. Will need to build me a new computer though; a GTX 970 has been declared a minimum for the Rift.
Luckily AMD and Nvidia will be launching new cards this year on a 14nm finFET process, down from 23nm which they've been stuck at for about 5 years.

Estimates are you could see 50 to 100 percent improvements in GPU performance this year; the most in years.

I believe Nvidia's are due in late 1st quarter/early 2nd quarter and AMD's cards around the summer.
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http://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-hardw...cs-and-games-1

We compare the big three virtual reality headsets to see which is better than the rest
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I'm not sure I'd want a console one, high resolution and high frame rate seem pretty important to good VR and keeping the motion sickness away.
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I'm not sure I'd want a console one, high resolution and high frame rate seem pretty important to good VR and keeping the motion sickness away.
Right now the playstation vr has the highest frame rate
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:05 PM   #7
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Right now the playstation vr has the highest frame rate
It's capable of that high framerate, but what about in practice? As it is many games they have to drop the resolution and/or the framerate on the PS4 (or don't even try and are 1080p30), now they're going to double the framerate?

They'll look like this

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Yeah... Playstation VR is not going to work out great IMO. The games will have to be so simplistic graphically to allow a 1080p resolution and a high frame rate.
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I've got the two developer versions of the Oculus, and I'm a believer.

I'll be pre-ordering the Rift on Wed. It's good for some thing, and not for others.
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Yeah... Playstation VR is not going to work out great IMO. The games will have to be so simplistic graphically to allow a 1080p resolution and a high frame rate.
We don't know what the final specs will be. The prototype is only 9601080 per eye.

I can see Sony dropping the resolution further. A lot of the library doesn't even run 1080p anyway.
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:47 PM   #12
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I'm very excited for all this stuff to finally come out. I tried the oculus on a computer that was considered "underpowered", and it was pretty bad. The experience was awesome, but when that nausea kicked in, boy howdy did it kick hard.

I believe in Playstation VR for 2 main reasons:
1) I own a PS4 so this would be the lowest cost of entry (and I'm totally biased)
2) There's been plenty of trials and demos at game shows and not many report motion sickness being the problem (if anything, it's that everything feels like/is a tech demo)

It's going to be a bumpy couple years like any console release, but I'm betting within 3 years these things are going to be mandatory for anybody who likes fun times.
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It's going to be a bumpy couple years like any console release, but I'm betting within 3 years these things are going to be mandatory for anybody who likes fun times.
They said the same thing about 3DTV and about motion controls after the Wii blew Sony and Microsoft away.

VR is a gimmick. But hopefully a good one that provides another interesting avenue for gaming. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Oculus and Sony sets can do.
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I'm going to hang back and let others take the beach. Figure this is probably a tech you don't want to be an early adopter. I assume Oculus will eventually prevail, but you never know.
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For me, VR is a way to get more peripheral vision and immersive gaming without needing the deskspace for multiple monitors or build a overly big setup which I have no room for in my small condo. I haven't upgraded my gaming PC in 3-4 years in anticipation of this.
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I'm a skeptic. I know that many people have been raving about the experience of VR, but I still doubt there is a large market of people who want to sit around their house with a giant headset strapped to themselves. People don't even want to wear 3D glasses for movies. It also eliminates the social elements of gaming.

Perhaps when games get better and the units get to be smaller more like putting on a pair of glasses it will have a better shot. But from what I've seen so far, putting on a massive contraption to play some tech demos just doesn't seem that appealing.

Who knows though, maybe it will take the gaming world by storm.
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I work on PS VR. I think you guys will be very happy with the product
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I work on PS VR. I think you guys will be very happy with the product
I think you should send me one to test on behalf of the website. I will PM you the address.
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They said the same thing about 3DTV and about motion controls after the Wii blew Sony and Microsoft away.

VR is a gimmick. But hopefully a good one that provides another interesting avenue for gaming. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Oculus and Sony sets can do.
I would argue in your example "they" were the people developing the technology. 3D TV makers were saying it was all the rage and they were selling crazy, but I didn't know anybody who gave a damn and the wild sales were just a result that every new tv had it included.

Motion controls were cool, but at the end of the day they were just mapping buttons to waggle, which doesn't change anything.

With VR the hype is coming mainly from the gaming media that I follow. That for me is enough.

I'll likely go into this the way I do with new consoles. I expect to overpay a bit to have the experience early. It will likely be a let down, but by the time the proper experiences come, I don't anticipate being annoyed that I jumped in early.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:04 AM   #20
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Oculus VR locked in! March it is!

EDIT:

$599 US ($900+ CDN with shipping!) If PS VR can keep prices low, they'll sell pretty well given the massive PS4 install base already.

Double EDIT:

Holy crap, they're charging 699 Euros!! for some countries before even shipping.

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