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New Windows VR devices and SteamVR support

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It seems that after Oculus, Valve and Google, now is the turn of the giant Microsoft to make their move: "Windows Mixed Reality"

 

They have announced that Windows VR devices will support SteamVR games. Still don´t know if it is using OpenVR, but if so, very little effort will be needed from the IL-2 to support new devices (these is the great thing of working with open standard!):

 

https://www.roadtovr.com/windows-vr-headsets-mixed-reality-support-steamvr/

 

The resolution of these new Windows VR devices is 1440x1440 per eye (Rift&Vive are 1080x1200 per eye), so we could spot and id better.

The positional tracking system don´t use an external tracking device (camera or laser) but a couple of cameras inside the device and the inside-out technique to position you head in the space.

 

https://www.roadtovr.com/windows-vr-headset-controller-bundles-launch-holiday-starting-400/

 

With the marketing capabilities of microsoft we are going to find these devices even in our soup pot.

 

The reviews of these devices with Ultra-PC (with dedicated GPU) are not bad:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/28/microsofts-mixed-reality-headsets-are-a-bit-of-a-mixed-bag/

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/28/16204698/microsoft-windows-mixed-reality-controller-hands-on-pricing

 

Welcome competition!! Good times for VR ahead!!

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Another take on this new mixed reality device:

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/28/16202464/dell-visor-windows-mixed-reality-headset-pricing-release-announced

 

It will be interesting to see how this new Mixed Reality platform competes with the higher end Virtual Reality devices. So far I think it has only been tested with some "experiences".  It does not appear it will have too much of a price advantage over VR initially, especially if one opts for the controllers as well. It does sound promising though for certain areas.

 

But yes competition is a very good thing! 

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The price of the first models is around $350 without the 2 VR controls and $450 with them. So more or less like the Oculus now at $500 with the sale end. HTC VIVE still at $600 after recently last price cut.

You don't get room scale so that would be problematic for some games but cockpit SIMS like this don't need it anyway. No sensors outside means easy install too.

But these seems to have only 95 FoV Vs the 110 of Oculus/VIVE so the trade off of better resolution but with reduced field of view is a bit strange, too me at least. Still waiting for them to reach people who fly SIMS and used the Oculus and/or VIBE previously to get a proper review.

And PIMAX is still saying it will launch the monster 8k version (4k per eye), 200° FoV and I think wireless headset of theirs this year.

They will show a working PROTOTYPE this month on a Germany trade show I think

Edited by Mabroc

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There is no way to power such screens with IL 2's performance setup yet.

The pimax also cannot achieve 90fps, which are necessary in IL2's environment with rolling and fast moving objects. Otherwise you will feel nausea and playing will become a terrible after 30-60 minutes per day. You won't be looking forward to it anymore. Make sure you get the pimax with translational tracking equipment only, and when IL2 features eye-fov tracking based rendering.

 

Unless you use it for movies and racing games - which is the pimax' intention. IL 2 won't run on it. There has been a user who bought the pimax and tested it in IL 2, that's what my comment is based on.

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There is no way to power such screens with IL 2's performance setup yet.

The pimax also cannot achieve 90fps, which are necessary in IL2's environment with rolling and fast moving objects. Otherwise you will feel nausea and playing will become a terrible after 30-60 minutes per day. You won't be looking forward to it anymore. Make sure you get the pimax with translational tracking equipment only, and when IL2 features eye-fov tracking based rendering.

Unless you use it for movies and racing games - which is the pimax' intention. IL 2 won't run on it. There has been a user who bought the pimax and tested it in IL 2, that's what my comment is based on.

I was more interested in their yet to be released 8k version. Though I understand what you are saying

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