greaneyr wrote:And of course, there's VR. Although many reports I've read say the Oculus Rift is too bulky to wear for more than about 45 minutes. There's also the issue that you really are commited to living entirely in a virtual cockpit, rather than being able to combine real controls, switches and gauges with a virtual display.
Only the above. You can find my thoughts on VR and P3D in these forums by searching for Vive Pro. It was a few months ago and I hired one for a week. There are newer headsets coming that have much better resolution (like the VR-1) but they are probably a couple+ years from becoming affordable. To be frank, I didn't get on with VR that well, made me nauseous; however, I am prepared to try again when the resolution improves. Don't get me wrong; it was great and very immersive, but I got sick if there was too much movement (like during taxi or aeros) and the resolution, for me, wasn't there for actually reading the gauges with a glance. I will certainly try again in a couple of years.
But another significant issue was the one you bring out above; I have a bunch of Saitek hardware that was rendered more or less useless with VR and virtually clicking a virtual button in a virtual cockpit, perhaps using a virtual hand (FlyInside?) just isn't immersive or realistic in any way; not sure how 'they' will solve this one; fully VR tactile gloves maybe, who knows?
I can't help on the other setups (projectors, wrap around displays, etc) but I do think if you go that path you would need to fully enclose the setup so no 'normal world' is visible to create the full illusion.