Already tried any of those new virtual reality gadgets?
PlayStation VR - out in October
HTC Vive - already available
Oculus Rift - already available
I've recently had the pleasure to finally try out the Sony Playstation VR. Before that, I had tested a prototype of the Oculus Rift (as noted on that MCP article).
On the Sony VR, I played two demos. One had me under water, in a shark cage. You could look at a shipwreck and several kinds of fish, until you're meeting a Great White. Of course it eventually attacks the cage.
Man, I gotta say that as an experience, it was intense. I had to take off the headphones during the demo because it nearly became too much for me. I've always played with the idea of one day doing cage diving for real, with big sharks, to cure my everlasting fear of sharks and the ocean, but I guess I'm cured of that. The potential for this is amazing. The immersion was just breathtaking, and I could notice how my brain was visibly fooled. I mean you're actually just standing in a safe room with your feet on the ground, but due to the overwhelming depth perception you're feeling as if you're there. This close to being eaten.
The second demo had me on the passenger seat of a car. A bald guy is driving and eventually you have to shoot drive-by shooters on motorcycles. You pretty much reload by doing the actual reload move, and it's really intuitive. It is really fun to aim and shoot. I always thought that the displayed levitating hands would be offturning, but I was wrong about that.
Still, I have a hard time believing that this will have an easy future. First of all, the resolution still is really low. Sure, the gameplay and effect may be great, but the lowres visuals really put off, and they're trying to win over gamers who now own 4K TVs and love the look of Arkham Knight and Uncharted 4. This looks worse than Uncharted 1.
Compared to the early Oculus I tried, there have been some slight improvements. The screen door effect is highly improved, and there's no longer any lag. It's a smooth experience. Oh, and compared to the old Rift I did not experience any headache symptons afterwards. The old system had an eye-resolution of 640. The PSVR has an eye-resolution of 960. The Vive even has an eye-resolution of 1080. Still I'm afraid that it won't be enough, not until it's 1920 per eye.
Have you tried one of these systems already?
I bet mongycore owns both of the released gadgets already.