I love my Quest 2. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. If nothing else, it’s a guaranteed win at get togethers. It’s also great for those few times that I want to watch movies in bed when I’m not feeling well, since I don’t have a TV in my bedroom. It has even helped me overcome a weird vertigo issue I had been having.
I never quite understand the viewpoint that it threatens our relationship with reality and the natural world. It doesn’t supplant “the real world”; it doesn’t even try to. It’s just a new way to experience certain things.
@tweezak I see evolution of people tending toward a bod with only big eyes, big ears, and a big something upon which to sit. I was thinking maybe a big finger, but maybe just eye movement would do the job.
Cool stuff, but too expensive, and the Oculus stuff has gone full Facebook.
Several years ago a guy at work brought in his VR rig to show it off. Very impressive. In the Portal demo when the floor fell away, except for the spot I was standing on, my body believed it even though I knew I was standing on an acre of concrete in a nearly empty warehouse.
It was even more fun watching others flail around in real life as they fell to their death in VR!
The guy was a strong advocate for VR, but he sold it a few months later. I think that says a lot.
@blaineg The Quest can now be used without a Facebook account, but MSRP is $100 more than before. There are also several other competitors coming to the market that will hopefully help to keep prices down, but world events may have something else to say about that. Sometimes I feel like we’re living in a bond movie with all the conspiracies and conflicts going on in the world, especially when I see that guy from the WEF. I’m just expecting Sean Connery to pop up at any moment and yell Blofeld!
While we’re not quite at Ready Player One level of VR, it is arguably a nice diversion from what has existed for gaming and general computer interactions over the past 50+ years. I got a refurb Samsung Odyssey+ just after the lockdowns started for only $300 and it was money well spent. I’ve virtually visited several places and events that I wouldn’t have been able to normally due to cost, time, accessibility or just general safety. There are even some places that you can no longer visit in real life, at least not it’s original state, such as the Notre Dame cathedral, but can easily go in VR.
Despite all that, the most positive thing for me was it kept me from getting fatter while seemingly trapped at home for the past couple of years. Sure one could argue you could go in the real world for a jog anytime you felt like it, but let’s just say that doing so when I was bored and sleepless at 1am was probably not wise during normal times, let alone when protests and riots were seemingly breaking out at random. In VR, I could be slashing colored cubes to music Jedi style and John Wicking my way through a sea of bad guys in relative safety, as long as you don’t actually pistol whip the furniture or TV. It was definitely a better cure for my insomnia compared to binging entire seasons of shows, which I may or may not have done as well.
But like anything else that is new and interesting, people can choose to abstain, engage in healthy moderation or go full on Hulk smash! Luckily so far, I haven’t engaged the Matrix capsule tube fed mode…yet. However if the woman in the red dress or Agent Smith ever does come looking, hopefully I’ll be a little better prepared.
I’m a gamer myself so I have really enjoyed my PSVR (Playstation VR and have preordered the next gen coming out next month). We have some training/work functionality in VR (or more appropriately AR - augmented reality). However, outside of these specific uses, I do not see a lot of use. Work meetings in VR sounds ridiculous to me (we do not even turn on our cameras on for most work meetings).
@Nitewatch Collective experience from a number of sources has been that having two-way video enabled makes more problems than it helps solve, since the bandwidth issues often make both the servers and the clients get choppy. This is even true for people conferencing on distributed campuses of major international software vendors.
@werehatrack yep - we have seen that. What has been interesting is that for example this evening, my colleagues in Japan had a better video connection than my vendor in Houston (and I’m in rural Indiana).