Solus Project (Steam) - Humble Store £7.49 (also great in VR - Rift and Vive)
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Solus Project (Steam) - Humble Store £7.49 (also great in VR - Rift and Vive)

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Found 27th FebMade hot 28th Feb
Well reviewed game that is a stunning experience in VR. Humble Monthly subscribers get it cheaper, and as ever with the Humble Store 5% goes to a charity of your choice, with another 5% either going to your wallet or (again) to the charity of your choice.

It seemed like a great deal in general, but particularly good for those looking for good lengthy well developed VR content to play on a budget.

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Hmm I was going to buy this before. I don't have VR but I am starting to be tempted to try. *Goes to research VR*

I have this on Xbox One and really recommend it. The creepy atmosphere and mystery of being on an abandoned alien planet walking through the ruins are intense. The sense of isolation but the feeling of being watched is what make the game special.

Thanks for this, have been waiting for my vive

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liltman

Hmm I was going to buy this before. I don't have VR but I am starting to … Hmm I was going to buy this before. I don't have VR but I am starting to be tempted to try. *Goes to research VR*



Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions. I feel like a read a metric tonne before finally jumping in. I picked up a cheap DK2 on ebay, then was so convinced by the experience that I sold it on, and bought a CV1 with touch. I didn't really think I'd really be that interested in touch (the Wii etc was a huge disappointment to me and put me off touch controls), but actually the whole thing has blown me away - probably just as much as the DK2 did on first use.

Ellendel

Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions. I feel like a … Feel free to give me a shout if you have any questions. I feel like a read a metric tonne before finally jumping in. I picked up a cheap DK2 on ebay, then was so convinced by the experience that I sold it on, and bought a CV1 with touch. I didn't really think I'd really be that interested in touch (the Wii etc was a huge disappointment to me and put me off touch controls), but actually the whole thing has blown me away - probably just as much as the DK2 did on first use.



HA! You have lost me already. DK2? CV1? lol
I am about to research VR right now but I don't even know these terms lol

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liltman

HA! You have lost me already. DK2? CV1? lolI am about to research VR … HA! You have lost me already. DK2? CV1? lolI am about to research VR right now but I don't even know these terms lol



DK2 = the last development kit (non consumer headset) that Oculus released. Not in production anymore.
CV1 = the first (and only) VR headset that Oculus have released for normal customers to buy. The motion controllers are called 'touch'.
Vive = HTC and Valve's competitor headset. (also has motion controllers).

The latter two now have roughly the same capabilities if you buy all the gear. They have different strengths and weaknesses, but there's not a million miles between them.

The DK2 has a lower resolution, more distortion around the edges of the lenses, and was essentially for seated controller based experiences only. It's no longer officially supported, but still works with quite a bit of stuff.

Ellendel

DK2 = the last development kit (non consumer headset) that Oculus … DK2 = the last development kit (non consumer headset) that Oculus released. Not in production anymore. CV1 = the first (and only) VR headset that Oculus have released for normal customers to buy. The motion controllers are called 'touch'. Vive = HTC and Valve's competitor headset. (also has motion controllers). The latter two now have roughly the same capabilities if you buy all the gear. They have different strengths and weaknesses, but there's not a million miles between them. The DK2 has a lower resolution, more distortion around the edges of the lenses, and was essentially for seated controller based experiences only. It's no longer officially supported, but still works with quite a bit of stuff.



Aha! Much better lol, thank you for teaching this noob.
I am thinking the Vive might be better than the Oculus but that's after 5mins of research. Must keep searching!

I think it's probably going to be best as well if I can actually have a go of one before I buy. I imagine in store some shops will have them on showcase? This might be the first time I go to a store in years lol

Now I am thinking Oculus Rift lol, seems to have more games! controllers look nicer too

liltman

Now I am thinking Oculus Rift lol, seems to have more games! controllers … Now I am thinking Oculus Rift lol, seems to have more games! controllers look nicer too



It's a tough one, and depends what kind of games you'll want to use and how much space you have, and even what pc.

I've a vive, and have just enough room for room-scale which adds a lot of realism. If you've only enough room for standing or seated, then an oculus is cheaper if you don't want the touch controls. If you've enough room it works out about the same price once you've bought those extra I think.

Now, as far as I know, the oculus needs a little more pc spec and more pc ports. The vive only needs one usb2 port and one hdmi. I think the oculus needs one or two usb3 ports, which I didn't have on my older setup. So worth looking at such requirements.

Also to the more games argument, htc vive can run most oculus rift store games with the Revive add on for steam. Have a google for htc revive compatibility list to see if the games you're interested in work fully or not

dreamager

It's a tough one, and depends what kind of games you'll want to use and … It's a tough one, and depends what kind of games you'll want to use and how much space you have, and even what pc. I've a vive, and have just enough room for room-scale which adds a lot of realism. If you've only enough room for standing or seated, then an oculus is cheaper if you don't want the touch controls. If you've enough room it works out about the same price once you've bought those extra I think. Now, as far as I know, the oculus needs a little more pc spec and more pc ports. The vive only needs one usb2 port and one hdmi. I think the oculus needs one or two usb3 ports, which I didn't have on my older setup. So worth looking at such requirements. Also to the more games argument, htc vive can run most oculus rift store games with the Revive add on for steam. Have a google for htc revive compatibility list to see if the games you're interested in work fully or not



I think I am not ready to buy yet lol, it feels too early to decide on which to go. If the Vive can run some Oculus games then that is good. I just assumed all games were available to both haha.

Tbh, it's too early for me I think. I don't see any games I want yet. Just bonus month at work soon so I was looking for something to buy haha

liltman

I think I am not ready to buy yet lol, it feels too early to decide on … I think I am not ready to buy yet lol, it feels too early to decide on which to go. If the Vive can run some Oculus games then that is good. I just assumed all games were available to both haha.Tbh, it's too early for me I think. I don't see any games I want yet. Just bonus month at work soon so I was looking for something to buy haha



There'll be other competitors bringing out headsets soon, and resolutions may get improved in newer versions etc, so if you're not desperate to get on the bandwagon then hold out for a bit.
I know currys in London does Vive demos if you book, not sure if there's any other locations. Check the vive website. I don't know if oculus has any similar demos

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dreamager

There'll be other competitors bringing out headsets soon, and resolutions … There'll be other competitors bringing out headsets soon, and resolutions may get improved in newer versions etc, so if you're not desperate to get on the bandwagon then hold out for a bit. I know currys in London does Vive demos if you book, not sure if there's any other locations. Check the vive website. I don't know if oculus has any similar demos



Apparently there's demo units for the Oculus in John Lewis, although I've never seen one!

I'll have to get down and check out a Vive at some point.

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liltman

I think I am not ready to buy yet lol, it feels too early to decide on … I think I am not ready to buy yet lol, it feels too early to decide on which to go. If the Vive can run some Oculus games then that is good. I just assumed all games were available to both haha.Tbh, it's too early for me I think. I don't see any games I want yet. Just bonus month at work soon so I was looking for something to buy haha



It is early days definitely, although it feels like the pace has started picking up. I've seen one or two decent looking games crop up over the last little while.

I've enjoyed:

Lucky's Tale
Space Pirate Trainer
Subnautica
Elite Dangerous
Solus Project

and when I get bored I'm planning on potentially picking up:

Chronos
Superhot VR
Shufflepuck
Holoball
Hollowpoint
QuivR
Mervils
Thumper
Sublevel Zero
Landfall
Tethered.

and Robo Recall is coming out soon as well, and will be free in the same fashion that Lucky's Tale was I think. (Free to Rift owners, but possibly you can access it using Revive too)!

Ellendel

It is early days definitely, although it feels like the pace has started … It is early days definitely, although it feels like the pace has started picking up. I've seen one or two decent looking games crop up over the last little while. I've enjoyed:Lucky's TaleSpace Pirate TrainerSubnauticaElite DangerousSolus Projectand when I get bored I'm planning on potentially picking up:ChronosSuperhot VR ShufflepuckHoloball Hollowpoint QuivR MervilsThumperSublevel ZeroLandfallTethered. and Robo Recall is coming out soon as well, and will be free in the same fashion that Lucky's Tale was I think. (Free to Rift owners, but possibly you can access it using Revive too)!



Yeh Chronos and Subnautica could be interesting but not enough for me to buy one yet. Subnautica will be terrifying I think lol, under the sea already freaks me out haha.

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dreamager

It's a tough one, and depends what kind of games you'll want to use and … It's a tough one, and depends what kind of games you'll want to use and how much space you have, and even what pc. I've a vive, and have just enough room for room-scale which adds a lot of realism. If you've only enough room for standing or seated, then an oculus is cheaper if you don't want the touch controls. If you've enough room it works out about the same price once you've bought those extra I think. Now, as far as I know, the oculus needs a little more pc spec and more pc ports. The vive only needs one usb2 port and one hdmi. I think the oculus needs one or two usb3 ports, which I didn't have on my older setup. So worth looking at such requirements. Also to the more games argument, htc vive can run most oculus rift store games with the Revive add on for steam. Have a google for htc revive compatibility list to see if the games you're interested in work fully or not



The oculus is £70 cheaper with Touch, but is actually £10 more expensive if you buy the additional 3rd sensor, which in my opinion if you want to do room scale, you'll need to. I couldn't get the tracking with two sensors to work well enough in my home environment (which is fairly restrictive). . Both come with software bundles too.

I think the Vive probably has slightly better tracking based on what I've heard, but it's more prone to interference from some devices (because lasers are used).

In terms of the quality of the headset, I think your experience probably depends on the shape of your face, because people have such contrasting viewpoints.

Performance wise, the oculus actually requires a marginally lower spec due to the ability to use asynchronous timewarp. It uses WAY more USB ports, but it uses no power sockets, whilst the Vive needs three, so it's a toss up! Either way you could always get a USB card for your PC, or a couple of cheap extension cables.

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liltman

Yeh Chronos and Subnautica could be interesting but not enough for me to … Yeh Chronos and Subnautica could be interesting but not enough for me to buy one yet. Subnautica will be terrifying I think lol, under the sea already freaks me out haha.



Subnautica is pretty awesome, and yeah, the sea creatures can be a bit terrifying! I also find the sea at night (in the game) a bit intimidating. Just doesn't feel right!

Just a heads up: moving around in VR whilst seated can be a bit disorientating. I was okay with it, my friend got mildly nauseous at first but she did get over it.

Definitely go and check out a demo. You sound like me pre trying out touch. I think you'll be suprised by how much you enjoy stuff like Space Pirate Trainer. Playing the first contact demo, along with some bits in The Lab will give you a really good impression of the potential. Plus they're free! Nintendo would sell you The Lab as a £30 game I reckon!

Ellendel

Subnautica is pretty awesome, and yeah, the sea creatures can be a bit … Subnautica is pretty awesome, and yeah, the sea creatures can be a bit terrifying! I also find the sea at night (in the game) a bit intimidating. Just doesn't feel right! Just a heads up: moving around in VR whilst seated can be a bit disorientating. I was okay with it, my friend got mildly nauseous at first but she did get over it. Definitely go and check out a demo. You sound like me pre trying out touch. I think you'll be suprised by how much you enjoy stuff like Space Pirate Trainer. Playing the first contact demo, along with some bits in The Lab will give you a really good impression of the potential. Plus they're free! Nintendo would sell you The Lab as a £30 game I reckon!



I really want to try especially after viewing the vive video on Steam lol. Big steam gamer so maybe the vive is better hmm? lol

I am shocked, I checked for store demos, closest is yorkshire to me. I'd of expected Leeds city centre area to at least have some, that place is huge!

Ellendel

The oculus is £70 cheaper with Touch, but is actually £10 more expensive i … The oculus is £70 cheaper with Touch, but is actually £10 more expensive if you buy the additional 3rd sensor, which in my opinion if you want to do room scale, you'll need to. I couldn't get the tracking with two sensors to work well enough in my home environment (which is fairly restrictive). . Both come with software bundles too. I think the Vive probably has slightly better tracking based on what I've heard, but it's more prone to interference from some devices (because lasers are used). In terms of the quality of the headset, I think your experience probably depends on the shape of your face, because people have such contrasting viewpoints. Performance wise, the oculus actually requires a marginally lower spec due to the ability to use asynchronous timewarp. It uses WAY more USB ports, but it uses no power sockets, whilst the Vive needs three, so it's a toss up! Either way you could always get a USB card for your PC, or a couple of cheap extension cables.



Vive has asynchronous reprojection now to rival the time warp, but I'm not sure how much that brings down requirements. Also it only works properly on nvidea cards at the moment, which leaves my rx480 grumbly on many titles.

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liltman

I really want to try especially after viewing the vive video on Steam … I really want to try especially after viewing the vive video on Steam lol. Big steam gamer so maybe the vive is better hmm? lolI am shocked, I checked for store demos, closest is yorkshire to me. I'd of expected Leeds city centre area to at least have some, that place is huge!



Much the same I think - most (insane numbers) of my games are on Steam. I always buy stuff on Steam vs the oculus store if I can because, although the VR environment is much worse, the store as a whole is much better. Some games are labelled as vive only, but as long as you have the 3rd sensor for roomscale, you should be golden.

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dreamager

Vive has asynchronous reprojection now to rival the time warp, but I'm … Vive has asynchronous reprojection now to rival the time warp, but I'm not sure how much that brings down requirements. Also it only works properly on nvidea cards at the moment, which leaves my rx480 grumbly on many titles.



Nice! I'm sure it must be AMD driver related though, right? Hopefully they'll pull their finger out for the Vega reveal, which is today I think?!
Edited by: "Ellendel" 28th Feb

Ellendel

Nice! I'm sure it must be AMD driver related though, right? Hopefully … Nice! I'm sure it must be AMD driver related though, right? Hopefully they'll pull their finger out for the Vega reveal, which is today I think?!


Yes it's AMD's fault afaik. They're always mentioning their liquidVR tech and avoiding the subject. I'm hoping there'll be some info today as that'd give me hope for some of the games that are not specifically built from the ground up for VR.

And one thing I like about steamVR is the user generated customisations. The star trek holodeck makes a nice VR starting point, and The Simpsons living room is pretty fun to be standing in.
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