Hello Spies! I am very happy I have found a group that just might be as hopelessly in love with VR as I am. I watch your podcast every week. I would say my passion for VR is the strongest but who can actually measure matters of the heart.
The read is long but you may relate to it and/or learn something.
Back in the 1990's there were expensive and mostly garbage VR headsets. My parents got me a Nintendo Virtual Boy. It wasn't as bad as most people say but it wasn't truly VR either. I eventually had some disposable income and I got an "I-Glasses SVGA 3D" in the 2000's. It was 50% off and still a total waste of $800. Very distant and small FOV screen. It also overheated in under 10min causing dark color banding.
Moving on to recent years. I have very little disposable income. HOWEVER, I have not lost the passion! I have watched the revival of VR with the emergence of Oculus. I desperately wanted buy a DK1 but could not justify the expense for a short lived Dev Kit. I then saw posts on MTBS3D.com about people making DIY Rifts...
I proceeded to create a DIY Rift of my own. It unfortunately cost a bit more than I wanted but it FINALLY gave me a taste of true VR! The housing is crafted from Foam Board. The lenses are the ones recommended by Palmer Luckey in his garage builds that he eventually showed to Carmack. The screen is almost identical to the DK1's. It's 7" 1280x800 @ 60hz. For tracking I have two options. #1 a DIY version of TrackIR for positional tracking. That attachment is driven by Freetrack and/or Opentrack software. #2 a Gyro/Air mouse velcroed to the HMD. To convert normal games to VR image format I mostly use Tridef 3D and their Beta DK1 plugin. This headset, in its various iterations has served me well for the last few years. Unfortunately I have only a small number of games that support the headset with positional tracking. 2 Racing sims from SIMBIM, L.O.M.A.C (Older DCS World), ARMA 1, and most recently Elite Dangerous! I have many more older games that work with the mouse. However, drift free positional tracking is so much better! ED was brought to my attention by the Spies last podcast. They mentioned ED-Arena was free last weekend. After much fiddling, it worked so well I bought the full game. It was just on the Steam VR sale. Thank You Spies! It is now the best VR game I have.
Now to address the current state of my VR quest. I saved from DK1 days for the retail CV1. I had $400 but was unfortunately heartbroken with the $600+Touch and $800 prices of modern HMDs. I have demoed both the Vive and PSVR for 30min+ each. The Vive wins hands down in all but price. The PSVR however is not bad. Its resolution is um... ok. The move controllers also worked well in the London Heist demo. That is as long as you keep other bright light sources out of the play area. Bright lights can mess with the PSVR tracking and it happened to me. Anyway... now I am currently at WAR with Logic and Love. To get one of these Room Scale HMDs would mean dipping into my savings account. Logically STUPID I know... but the heart wants what it wants.
Well that's my story. If you have read this far that's something. Not sure what but it's something.
Extra Note: I would like to play Elite Dangerous with you guys sometime.