Reality Check - 6 Exciting Alternatives to Oculus Rift
Cam dips into the world of VR once more, but this time exploring everything that is NOT Oculus Rift!
I just hope that there aren't too many competitors such that the market becomes saturated with sub-par clones and the tech gets dismissed as not ready again. We have had a couple trial runs with VR (think Virtual Boy) but haven't had much success getting it really off the ground. Hopefully some great games and such come out to make the experience truly novel and it doesn't die like 3D gaming did.
I look forward to the day when (or if) 3D will no longer be an illusion. They eyes can be fooled by angling themselves to make the images come into focus, but your lenses still focus on only distance, and it is that lack of distance variation that has some people legitimately concerned about eyesight development complications in kids who are exposed to modern pseudo 3D too much. Once we can make the lenses focus at different distances too, then I think we'll be on to something quite spectacular.
What I like about all of this is that it seems VR based headsets have finally crossed that threshold and is now where consoles were in the 80s. a actual competitive drive to advance the tech. Bout time. What needs to be worked on also is a new type of controller glove to link in. Either way, I like where it is going. Next up, Holograms (give it another 40)
Consumer version of Oculus Rift will have also integrated Android, making it independent multimedia device.
All these technologies seem exciting but I can't help but feel users who wear glasses won't have as much fun with these.
If they really want to get futuristic they'll invent a visor that tracks your eye movement and have that control the camera. Looking toward the top of the screen makes the camera move upward, etc. Not the same range of vision as these strapons but far more practical.
There are some interesting ones mentioned, I own a Rift version 1, and I have to say it is nifty, but at the end of the day a paradigm shift in gaming is required before I think it would be worth it. Most conventional games just don't work well on this device.
I still want to try out Tribes Ascend with my rift.
You really had me laughing at number four! But seriously, as cool as this tech is I just don't have any interest in it! Perhaps I am just a caveman. Alas, back to bashing in Bandit skulls with an Iron Mace...
I agree that cinemizer should have been shown and I think Crystal Cove is actually 1080p total..not per eye but I am not sure on that
The 3D printing business is finally becoming competitive as the major 3DSystems patents begin to expire. One downside of having one player (Oculus Rift) so far in the lead is that they will have the ability to block all the promising technical approaches with sleeping patents. I have no reason to think they'd do that but it is the "rational" thing to do.
I don't get it... Apparently people at gamespot don't know how to use google Vuze and zeiss are two companies that make headsets.
They both have headsets that come with headtracking, so they can be called a vr headset. The ones listed here (besides the french monster and the phone holder) don't have any headtracking they're just mediaviewers.
Allthough sony is announcing a vr headset at 17 march that's not really an alternative yet (what you can also say about most of these headsets, they're not available!, while you can buy an oculus dev ki, right now). Oh yeah that's right, the phone holder is available...
Why they don't list the 'cinemizer oled' here is a mystery to me, it has excellent headtracking and is the only vr device that's in retail right now that's actually working. The vuze one has too much latency to be viable and the rift may have a bigger field of view, it still has a latency of 60-70-ms, while the cinemizer oled has 5 ms. They both have sd resolution, the rift will come with hd and with less latency in the consumer version but the 'cinemizer oled' is AVAILABLE NOW.
Even better yet, it works with every game while the rift doesn't. I thought that the cinemizer oled could have been worth mentioning, no?
Not to mention some other companies are working on vr headsets (yes , with headtracking) , and some companies make separate headtracking devices but gamespot, I don't have to do your work.
This video was pointless, there were no alternatives, just video headsets and a handheld simulator. Nothing else Oh the bug French television strapped to your head, lol.
I alrasy own the dev edition of oculus ruft and none of them seemed to be better than it. The only negatives of the rift are resolution, wires and that he does not recognize if I lean in any direction. Point 1 (and iirc 3) should be fixed in the consumer edition and I can live with the wire
Cam, I am surprised you did not review the CasrAR
It is both VR and AR
The human eye will never catch on. Crazy technology that costs way too much unless you already have one. The software and hardware to run it have to be custom made, and generally aren't made available for sale. They also wear down and are prone to damage, and are exceedingly difficult to replace and expensive to repair.
The best VR headsets for gaming will be the Oculus Rift and the new Sony VR headset that will come out for the Ps4 but its nice to see other headsets as well for your tablets/mobile phones etc, these headsets like the glyph and dive are not Virtual Reality headsets.
This video was a decent length! And there wasn't a token gamespot "please comment please please" sign off! :0
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@Pawfalcon I sincerely hope that the headphones are up to par. The nice thing about the alternatives is that you are not locked into a single audio solution. Audio is very important to me, so I hope that they come up with an audioless solution for those of us that want out own audio.
But yeah, that projection stuff is pretty darn cool.
@mav_destroyer Possible good news is that your glasses account for lens focus trouble (that is, accounting for distance), not trouble bringing left and right images into focus. These VR devices will be only a few inches from your eyes, so you should be fine unless you are farsighted. Then you will probably need contacts, yeah.
@mav_destroyer They can always wear contacts.
@BaDMantra depends on whether you want it to be laser optimized or just leave it stock
@cratecruncher regarding 3D printing and VR headsets, have you heard about altergaze? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/278203173/altergaze-mobile-virtual-reality-for-your-smartpho any thoughts? although, I think it is mostly for vr experiences, not for games...
@RedLegZeff On the plus side: if they ever come loose they make great stress balls.
@ojmstr Yeah, enjoy the 400p 20fps on your PS4 "vr" headset lol.
I didn't really get what you said at the beginning, but yeah I am far sighted. I can wear contacts but they can get pretty uncomfortable if I wear them for a long time and they cause major headaches and hazy vision.
Experience with contacts differs from person to person so other people might have an easier time using them. As for me, I'll probably think twice before I invest in VR headsets as it might just be too uncomfortable to be worth it. It's a shame because I think VR is really cool too.
@mister-sandman Nothing gets past you, you massive bloke you! :P