HTC Vive Sees $200 USD Price cut

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    HTC Vive announced a $200 price reduction for Vive, making the VR system more accessible to the mass market, across the globe. Starting today, Vive will be available for $599. ...

    HTC Vive Sees $200 USD Price cut
     
  2. Barry J

    Barry J Ancient Guru

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    This is good news a lower price opens the tech to more people. I purchased early and really like using the vive. I just upgraded to the deluxe head strap with audio and it is so much better for longer use.
     
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    How much content is there? I do not mean tech demos or short thrill rides.
    I mean real games and applications you will use for hundreds of hours (Except video players).
     
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    Barry J Ancient Guru

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    Content is getting much better but VR needs some AAA games.
    But there are games that are Fun which I play a lot which is what I want in games.
    I hate flight sims on my PC but on the vive I play Ultrawings a flying game sometimes sticking my arm out of the window taking photos with a tablet or shooting balloons with a pistol
    or flying through hoops which is awesome fun lost count how long I have played but I am having fun my son is not sure scares him when you fly to high he's 9. My VR workout
    Involves killing zombies which really gets the heart rate going oh and there cardboard cut outs the game is called zombies training simulator lost a lot of hours to those pesky cardboard zombies.
    I have also put a lot of hours in to castle must be mine .
     
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    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    Is there some good cooperative multiplayer dungeon crawler? Like "Dungeon Master"? Or is it limited to VR minecraft? Good VR fantasy MMORPG would be enough for me.
     
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    Rec room has a sort of multiplayer dungeon crawler and a sci-fi shooter, a lot of fun in VR and with 4 players....oh, and they are free. ha

    Crystal rift is quite close to DM in that you click forward for your next movement, and it has some magic, but only one player, no party of mages, fighter rogue and theif...but it is the closest i have seen to DM, and in VR it is quite a good atmosphere, plus it also runs on a normal monitor.

    Hero bound Spirit Champion, Crawler where you look down on the game from above as you fight and solve puzzels.(free on the oculus store for all)

    VR Dungeon Knight on steam (Early access)

    Mages tale(oculus)....amazing looking game.

    Those are a few off the top of my head.
     
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    Still can't find it in any e-commerce shop in Romania.. As usual we're a few years behind.
     
  8. NvidiaFreak650

    NvidiaFreak650 Master Guru

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    I smell Version 2 in coming soon if they do a price drop.
     
  9. Venix

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    On vr i am not that interested in games as much but i am very much intrested in movies watching how is the experience? Does it feel like a cinema or just a big screen ? Or none of the above never tried so far
     
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    You can watch movies, 3d or normal, but if you have no interest in VR gaming then you would be better off with a big TV or a projecter and large screen other a VR headset, because VR is all about immersion, whereas if you are watching a movie in a VR headset you are basically just looking straight ahead at a large flat screen in front of you with nothing going on around you.

    But assuming you can't get a large TV or screen due to whatever reasons then i suppose the next best thing would be a VR headset.
     
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    In that case get decent VR casing for cellphone. There are dozens available ranging from $20 to $150. I have Samsung GearVR, that has additional sensors inside which are incomparably better than sensors in Galaxy S6 Edge I have. (Compared to viewport stability/response in cardboard mode.)
    Online streaming of 180/360° videos is OK as long as they have sufficient resolution.

    As far as virtual cinema goes there are some pretty good applications. For GearVR best is Skybox. Good performance, response to motion tracking is awesome. Image quality and video support is best out there. A lot of live online content directly in app. It can stream videos directly from PC as long as it is on same network. (So no need to have 40GB space on internal SD to watch Hulk smashing Loki into ground.)
    Check compatibility with headset: https://skybox.xyz/

    I must say that I prefer 3D movie in VR over one in Cinema. It has better sound as cinema has it way too loud and certain frequencies are crushed. You can watch same scene again. And you do not have annoying people around to laugh every 15 seconds.
    Yes, phone with 2560x1440 screen can't match image quality in cinema, but Virtual Space station Theater... I think that 4k phone screens will make VR headsets pretty common.
     
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  12. Venix

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    thanks for both the responses my phone has 5.5 inch 1080 p screen not the most recommended for phone vr the native 3d is appealing , although for 20~30 euros i might just give a go to the cases just for a first taste , big screen is not really an option since my apartment is small although last months i am looking for 34'' ultrawides ! thanks for the responses !
     
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    Is the VR porn getting any good? Otherwise I don't see the point in buying one of these. :D
     
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  14. Venix

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    oooooh ! i did not think of that , well if it is then ...good bye real world :p
     
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    i got my Sony xperia XZ Premium almost a month now, 4K HDR 5.5" display:cool:...had trouble finding the right headset because of the size of the phone bezels and the availability of dissent headsets, VRBox clone for 4$ fits but it is a torture for the eys, anyways ended up with a shinecon V4 "G02E", minimal lens distortion and belt in headphones for 30$, i know its not the greatest thing but it's the best i could find here considering..well being here...anyhow..VR content for mobile is ok on google play, video content on line is mostly as stated is adult content, still some movies in 4k HDR are there and with the right player i got to say it is something else
    I tried Trinus VR for game streaming from PC to headset...wireless or via USB. if u have an nvidia graphic card and moonlight app installed shield broadcast enabled, a game that actually support 3D..maybe TRidef 3D for better 3D with lots of patience and calibration it works, even on steam content.
    and then i found out about Catrift Vridge it is just wow!!!...start games in steam VR..it even emulets Vive and oculus rift!!..till the 15 min limet kicks in and disconnects u can always buy the unlimited ver for 14$ if u live in a country were paypal, or any kind of E payment system "again not HERE"...anyways..if you really wanna get to VR an VIVE cost around 1200$ where u live!! it is a real treat :) yes phone cost around 600$ and i needed that anyways, plus 30$ headset, Trinus lite free or Vridge for 14$..patience..lots of it..and U are gaming in VR wirelssly even, if you have an AC router+ AC PC adapter in glories 4K;)
    be warned xpirea XZ premium dose not support google day dream because of the LCD response time limit as stated by google, still great experience if you are not willing to invest in an actual PC VR Headset.
    OK, i know it's like reading a freeing review, sorry about that, had to share:D
    for those complaining about VR headsets not supporting 4K check "Pimax" they got PC 4K gaming headset "IPC LCD panel" and announced an 8K headset:eek: that would be really something.
    maybe if Hilbert ever had the time or interest to write us a review or a comparison between VR PC gaming options available and how much they cost, with his take on all that would be really something. after all, it is GURU3D, the place where True PC enthusiast gurus Gather:p
     

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    For me it goes like this , even if my phone is just 1080p i have no problem giving 20-30 usd to try it but for sure i am not willing to dive in with out some hands on experience of some shorts plus if i invest in some headset i am prety sure my aging 770 will not cut it at all! And i was looking to sinecon v1-4 few hours earlier!
     
  17. Mufflore

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    Not 4K per eye though.
     
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    How do phones and that pimax headset deal with VR motion controllers, or do they just do sitting VR with head tracking and a joypad similar to the DK2 headset.
     
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    if the screan is going to split and that what would happen it would be 2K for each eye still double resolution of other VR headsets:) and don't forget the upcoming 8K headset
    Pimax 4K uses a gyroscope and the 8k seam to have 3 guidance units "lighthouses" and a motion sensor controller, but ya with any cardboard based tech accelerometer and gyroscope..and ya you stay seated or get a controler with motion sensor or emulator on an older smartphone.
    i know when going through all that just get a normal headset:D..maybe someday..when an 8k VR is on sale for 200$
     
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    Its also worth mentioning the OSVR HDK2 headset is down to $239.

    Since I'm only interested in VR for sim racing application, this is actually bringing it down to a reasonable price point.
     

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