So, I've been mulling over VR. Many on other forums rave about it, but I was 'concerned' that VR wasn't providing sufficient clarity or resolution. I know the HTC Vive Pro is coming out soon with supposedly greater resolution, but I was curious now. Not ready to buy now/yet, but curious nonetheless. So how do you find out without dropping a ton of folding on the tech?
First, I found Graham Parker via a search; he has a TradeMe offering of hire of VR headsets. So I reached out. He was great, but rather than hire he put me onto "The VR Room" in Riccarton, Christchurch. The VR Room use Vive (but not Pro, yet, since it isn't released yet). And they don't have a flight sim in their 80-odd game inventory. Even so, I popped along there on Sunday to check them out and I figured a racing game (Project Cars) would be a good substitute for a flight sim since a) cars have dials, albeit 'big' ones and also, b) there is a 'view' out of the window.
So here's my thoughts;
1. It made me nauseous! Car moves; view moves; body doesn't!
2. Immersion was pretty good; it was great to be able to look around and move your head around to look at stuff; but there was some lag between head movement and view movement, which probable helped cause .
3. The resolution is exactly what I thought it would be; not good enough and grainy; great for arcade style games, not good enough in my opinion for serious sim work.
4. Field of view was poor / distance of view was poor / clarify and definition at distance was poor.
5. General colours / brightness / contrast / sharpness ... all poor
It *my* opinion, it is still not ready and likely won't be for a while. Even so, I have listed my intent with Graham to hire a Vive Pro when he gets one.
I also 'educated' The VR Room on flight sims and hope they might add AeroFly FS2 to their inventory, it being, I hope, easier to get going than something like P3D, not least since they do everything via Steam. When they get Vive Pro (they will) and if they get AFS2 up and running, I'll pop over to them and have another go.
-- Jeff, Hamilton, NZ
P3Dv4.x and a bunch of add-on stuff... some 'global' products, but otherwise NZ-only