1/06/2017

HTC Vive Demo experience



Recently I took a visit to a Microsoft store near me(about 20 miles out, didn't go just for that though). So out of the blue I just tried the demo there and only was able to play from 3 select "games", first one was a solar system thing where you just moved planets and they float all over the place, the controls were very very very unresponsive.

The second one is Work Simulator which the controls were very responsive on the other hand. It is pretty much physics simulation with tasks and goals, but unforchently the Demo in stores is very short and you don't even make it 1/10th the way through hte tutorial no matter how quickly you try to get through it.

The last game I played was a tower defense archory simulator, it was overly responsive at times while physucs for picking up the bow was very unresponsive. The gameplay was over drawn out and the time seemed longer with this one than the others.


Issues with VR as a whole:
Using the vive has taught me the actual dangers that exist with VR gaming in its current state.
First I must say with children it is highly unrecormended that you even consider getting it.
You are assentially playing a game blind in which requires you to move around with a big tripping hazzard strapped to the back of your head. I almost tripped several times in the demo. Not only the cord is a problem but unless you live alone a fenced off area like a dog cage would be recormended so you don't accidently punch your family in the face.

Keep in mind I orignally only tested this VR demo to learn more to try to develop VR games myself.

Conclusion

The games were barely games and they were the type youd play once for a laugh then never touch again. If we had some portal 2 VR, skyrim, or fallout 4 vr it would be million times better but I really don't see it being that graphically detailed at this time as viable. The games are just not there yet, and even if they were it does get tiring after just a few moments to deal with the range of motions. I liked it but there is a lot of problems till we reach a point of pinicle or reach of what hype there is in it. The VIVE is a billion times better than samsungs oculus that is practically a 1 day use item then find out it is nearly useless. Oculus sucks and samsung needs to work on it and fix it Now. Needs to work with PC games streaming to the device now. But that is for another post. 

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