2019 VR HMD Discussion

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2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby John Hargreaves » Mon May 06, 2019 4:44 am

We've got a whole new bunch of toys coming this year, so I'm curious about anyone's experience of the Reverb, Rift S, Index etc and how they work with FFS. In the short term I've pre ordered a Rift S myself, as the boost in visual clarity whilst keeping performance and compatibility the same feels like a reasonable upgrade from the CV1. What I really fancy though is a Reverb, but never having experienced WMR I have doubts about it. I have read mixed feedback with other sims with the previous WMR headsets.
It seems the Reverb will also not be out in the UK for a while. I was kind of hoping that I might get my hands on one (or see reviews at least) while I still had time to cancel my Rift S pre order, but I think I have run out of patience with the CV1 fuzzy optics after three years. So unless things change, it's the Rift S in the short term, then hop over to the Reverb if it turns out to be as good as it looks.

So, if anyone has any thoughts or experiences with the 2019 vintage VR headsets, please share it here.
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Re: 2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby TomC » Tue May 07, 2019 1:29 am

I'll be interested to see what you think of the Rift-S. I have a Rift cv1 and I'm actually very happy with it. I'll probably hold off buying a Rift-S until I get some feedback, esp. from X-Plane 11 users.

Personally I would avoid anything WMR. I mucked around with it for almost 1/2 of last year before switching to a Rift. Oculus is a much more stable VR system imho. Because WMR has not really grown much over the last 12 months it would not surprise me if Microsoft scraped it altogether (remember the Windows smart phones?).
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Re: 2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby TrickyDee » Tue May 07, 2019 7:53 am

Depends what you want from the HMD.

I've used a Lenovo Explorer WMR headset, from release. I don't tend to use the controllers, as I use it mainly for sim racing.

I love it, the tracking of the head movement is spot on, and only requires a HDMI & A USB 3 to set up.

Resolution higher than Oculus and Vive, but lower system overhead, allowing graphics to be pushed a little higher.

Granted tracking of the controllers can be an issue, if they are out of view, and you may find yourself a little down the pecking order when it comes to squashing bugs.

But generally good.
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Re: 2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby John Hargreaves » Wed May 08, 2019 1:24 pm

It's weird, WMR users seem to report both good and bad experiences from what I've found. Seems to be a wide variation. Oculus does have very solid software support from my experience.
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Re: 2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby TrickyDee » Thu May 09, 2019 10:23 am

John Hargreaves wrote:It's weird, WMR users seem to report both good and bad experiences from what I've found. Seems to be a wide variation. Oculus does have very solid software support from my experience.


I think the only issue with WMR is the loss of controller tracking if the controllers move outside of the view from the on headset cameras. As far as head tracking goes, it is faultless.

There are issues with being at the bottom of the tree when it comes to bug squashing or making compatible. due to the lack of users, though now via steam, the problems are few and far between.

The cost is the big advantage, £170 including controllers for ACER headset + controllers in Game at the moment.
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Re: 2019 VR HMD Discussion

Postby John Hargreaves » Thu May 09, 2019 4:26 pm

Some of those through the lens shots that are doing the rounds from the reverb do look very appealing :shock:
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