Thursday, June 9, 2016

Getting started with Cheap Ass VR

Getting Started With Cheap Ass VR

 This video I just worked really hard to make explains a little bit more about how to get started with VR gaming. It introduces some of the hardware and software you might use to get started. Now I will stuff your face full of links.

VR Headset (Amazon, $22.99 w/ Prime)

This is my first VR Headset and it works pretty well. I enjoy the head straps and the two focus options. (Distance between lenses and distance from lens to phone). However, putting my phone in wrong means accidentally turning it off when trying to insert it. I hope to try some other ones soon.

KinoVR (Free, $10 to remove nag screen)

This is the best software I have found so far for streaming to my phone. It is easy to configure, it runs exceptionally fast, it works on games running full screen, and playing games only requires one click from the phone. I wish there was some way to make some adjustments so the screen would scale to the size of the phone. It seems to be hard coded to google cardboard, but it is great for what it is.

You can also enable head tracking which is a really cool feature for playing FPS games. You emulate the mouse by moving your head around.

Tridef 3d ($39.99, 14 day trial)

This software is a game changer. It can turn nearly any directx powered game into stereoscopic 3d goodness.

Dolphin (Game Cube / Wii emulator)

I have been using Dolphin for quite some time, but it filled me with joy to learn that it supported stereoscopic 3D right out of the box.

Well that's it!

I hope this post and video were helpful to you.

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