HTC Vive – Yeah, I’ve Gone Virtual Reality and It Is Amazing!!

So, I slipped down this slippery slope when I bought the game Elite:Dangerous, which just so happens to be made for VR (and does it sooooo well might I add.)  I started off trying to use my phone as a VR headset (I plan to do a how to on that one later on.) While it gave me an idea of what it would be like to fly in VR, the quality was so poor I couldn’t read anything but the sense I had of being in the cockpit was incredible! So I hunkered down and start hunting for which VR would best suit me.  Since I am an avid Steam user and the reviews seemed to lean more HTC Vive than Oculus Rift, it was apparent that I needed to get the Vive…

I ended up getting a used one for a screaming deal that was still in very good condition.  I got it home, unboxed it and set upon the tedious task of setting up my VR room… My first setup was totally ghetto – I had boxes stacked 6ft high to hold my lighthouse sensors (these are the devices that track your movement and relay it to the computer), my cables ran all over the place and i barely had the open area to pull off room scale (only 2m x 1.5m or 6.5ft x 5ft).   But it worked for all intents and purposes and I had my VR lab ready to go.

My first time putting on the Vive was my first time trying virtual reality that wasn’t off of a phone.  My first experience was 30 minutes of me saying “OH MY GOD!” followed by several excited profanities.  During this first 30 minutes, the only thing I did was throw a stick so some odd robot dog could catch it in Steams VR Lab game… Mind=Blown.  Being inside another world and feeling so well immersed was so overwhelming for me.  I was hooked and for the following week played every game I could get my hands on.  I played all the free games, tons of hacked games, even bought several of the ones I really liked.

As of the writing of this post, I have been playing in VR for approximately 3 weeks and from that I can say some of my favorite VR games thus far have been SUPERHOT VR, Rec Room, AudioShield, Arizona Sunshine, Steam Lab, and Elite:Dangerous.  My setup has also improved greatly… I have poles installed to hold my lighthouses, wall mounted hooks for holding my VR set, more room scale area, and a wish-I-had-more-money piloting setup…

Below are few pics of my setup but I plan on doing some more indepth reviews and how-tos in later posts and videos…  Thanks for sticking with me through my rambling…

 

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