– The THC Vive –

So not too long ago i tried picking up VR again to see whats new in the land of pretend VR and how far things have progressed in the VR waifu department, but the oculus rift DK2 still had god awful windows 10 support and i couldnt get it to work right, so i said fuck it and got myself the HTC vive.

If you havent seen my oculus rift review, you can catch up with it here https://utilizator404.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/the-oculus-rift-dk2-review/ and a follow up here https://utilizator404.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/another-look-at-the-dorculus-drift-donkeykong2/

In this article im going to be comparing the 2 side by side and see how much this stuff has progressed over the years, So lets get into it.

– Seting it up –

Setting this thing up was even more complicated than the oculus, for whatever retarded reason, the thing is still not wireless and theres even more cables than on the oculus. There are no instructions on how to set it up, there is only health warnings, sensor placement guide and a list of the box contents. It took me some time figuring out what to plug where, the sensors have USB ports on them but the provided USB cables are only few centimeters long, ironically enough, the sensors themselves are wireless and the USB ports are only there for firmware updates, but that isnt mentioned anywhere. Also the thing needs not one but 3 fucking power bricks, one for each sensor and one for the headset.
The drivers for it are just as terrible as the ones for the oculus, the thing did not want to work no matter what i did, i was starting to think my vive was broken or something till i remembered that oculus used to be very anal about having multiple monitors, so i tried disconnecting all my monitors, plug the vive in and sure enough, the fucking thing worked… than i could plug all my monitors back in after everything was set up. And even than theres always something, either sound not working right or one of the components not being detected, all kinds of random errors and having to restart Steam VR program multiple times for it to work right. Get your shit together HTC, this is a consumer product, not a fucking development kit.

– The Screen –

Looking back at the oculus and comparing it with the vive, i feel like the example image i made of the oculs screen doesnt do it justice.

This is a more accurate depiction of what you see, only put your face very close to your monitor to get the full oculus screen experience!

While the screen on the vive is an improvement over the oculus, it is still no where near what i would consider a consumers version.

Theres still those huge eye straining gaps between the pixels, making all the fine detail impossible to make out, smaller texts are hard or borderline impossible to read. Theres various virtual desktop applications as well as native virtual desktop support in steam VR, all utterly pointless without being able to read the texts and not strain your eyes, getting a headache after 10 minutes, why dont they just use 4k displays is beyond me.

– Comfort –

Comfort is a thing all the VR fanboys love sweeping under the rug. While the vive is not abrasive like the oculus, and most importantly, has no vomit inducing judder problem, nothing else has really changed here, it is still heavy, unpleasant, hot and itchy plastic box strapped to your face. The weight of it on the front of your head gives you a weird light dizzy headache feeling after taking it off, the screen is going in and out of focus as the box bounces up and down on your head no matter how hard you tighten the straps, straining your eyes. And than theres the constant struggle not to step on the cable, being mindful of how many times you turned left or right so the cables wont get twisted, why they released it like that without making it wireless is beyond me as well.

– Content –

As the whole VR craze died down, so did the promise of future content, and all that remains is a desolate waste heap of shitty halfass tech demos with price tags of real games.
With a few exceptions, one of them being Valve’s LAB tech demo, it includes many highly polished and impressive mini games that make full use of the vive’s capabilities in creative and engaging ways, and its pretty much all you need to play to have a good idea of what VR gaming could be like if anyone made games for it, and best part is that its free! It actually made my cynical mind blown for a moment.


Other kinds of content worth checking out are creative applications and virtual tour type of things such as art museums, google earth, drawing grafitti, playing drums, i think its a far better use of this technology than gaming.

– Gameplay –

One thing the vive has over the oculus is how streamlined it is playing in room scale, combined with its intuitive controllers. This way of playing games solves the ultimate problem of VR, nausea. You move around the room with your own 2 feet and you get places outside the bounds of your room by pointing and clicking to teleport to that location, it is very smooth and doesnt cause any motion sickness. I think ultimately this makes VR a viable option.

I noticed theres a lot of misinformation going around about vive being only for those with the luxury of having a big empty room and room-scale being the only way you can play it. But this is not true, technically the vive is no different from the oculus and they are both cross compatible, the vive just has a longer cord. You can play games that were made for sitting in front of a desk, even if you dont have a big room, you still have the option to play all those sitting position games that were made for the oculus, and even the room scale ones by just sitting in your chair or your couch and using the controllers to teleport around the scene. Of course having a big room is ideal to make full use of the thing.

– The future of VR –

While its a fun gimmick for a while, i dont see any future for VR as it is now, in mainstream gaming, what i do see huge potential in is creative applications, such as, drawing, playing musical instruments, things you wanna try doing but unable to due to your real life circumstances (like wanting to play the drums but not owning a drum kit, or drawing graffiti). Its also a good way to see different places around the world like google earth VR. And most importantly, the porn, YES VR porn is the thing that blew my mind the most, porn movies recorded with stereoscopic 360 cameras, makes you feel like you are really there with a girl in front of you, it feels like theres really another living person in front of you, and it feels so personal. So if anything, VR definitely has a future there, and i think facebook is on to something with their purchase of the oculus rift and vrporn.com website.

– Final verdict –
For a consumer release, it is really inadequate and the insane asking price of 900$ is just inexcusable for the poor quality experience you are getting from it, The form factor, the weight, all these cables and terrible low DPI screen.
The early adopters will ignore all these elephants in their VR room and will try to sell it to you like its the second cumming of Christ. Unable to come to terms with their buyers remorse, they will convince themselves that they are having a blast with it and it wont just sit there collecting dust after a few months. They will tell you how this revolution is just around the corner, year after year, and if you bring up the VR hype of the 80s and 90S, they will say shit like “technology just wasnt there yet” but the truth is that the technology is still not there, we are still strapping screens to our faces and pretending we are inside virtual reality.

So yeah while VR, as it is now, will never be fit to do any real gaming, VR porn is best thing ever and its a revolutionary new way to fap and i think this is the real reason you should at least get the 80$ Samsung’s gear VR, or if you are really broke, get the google card board witch only costs you 5$ and offer you the same kind of porn viewing experience as these overpriced and over complicated dork helmets.

– Nier Automata –

If you are a fan of B2 from Nier Automata, you might be interested in the following Kemono/M3 items.

– Make Avatar 2.0 great again –

 

– Bento fingernails for Kemono by Haro –

Haro has Released finger nails that work with the Kemono bento hands.

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– My third life –

– Avatar 2.0 and Kemono bento dummies –

Was going to wait till the bento version of Avastar gets all the bugs worked out (like ruining your rigs) and goes out of beta to release proper dummies but it doesnt look like thats going to ever happen and people just cant keep their pants on, nagging me to release the dummies, so here they are.

Kemono bento dummy http://www.mediafire.com/file/977xf08xuwvwn9u/Kemono+Dummy+bento.zip

Avatar 2.0 bento dummy http://www.mediafire.com/file/0cahr6jhngzd20f/av2+bento+dummy.zip

– Rikugou Updates –

I made a bunch of updates to the Rikugou avatars and the Predator armor.

Rikugou

Rearranged faces on the body for compatibility with upcoming third party mods.

Rikugou Lite

Added predator helmet compatibility, the helmet will now automatically hide your neck when worn.
Rearranged faces on the body for compatibility with upcoming third party mods, this update breaks the OC.A armor chest piece compatibility so use the also included older version of the body for that.

The Predator armor for Rikugou

Fixed a rigging/modeling bug at the back side of the ankles.
Added Rikugou Lite compatibility to the helmet, the helmet will now automatically hide the neck of Rikugou Lite body when worn (update your Rikugou Lite for this to work)
Added a function to the helmet to show or hide hair when the visor is up or down, put this script in your hair for it to work.

default{ 
    state_entry(){
        llListen(420,"","",(string)llGetOwner() + ":hairHide");
        llListen(420,"","",(string)llGetOwner() + ":hairShow");
    }
    listen(integer channel,string name,key id,string message){
        if(message == (string)llGetOwner() + ":hairShow"){
            llSetLinkAlpha(LINK_SET, 1.0, ALL_SIDES);
        }
        if(message == (string)llGetOwner() + ":hairHide"){
            llSetLinkAlpha(LINK_SET, 0.0, ALL_SIDES);
        }
    }
}

(Can also find it in the bonus item box). Lift the visor up before detaching the helmet because i was too lazy to script it to show hair on detach, might do it later on.

– Avatar 2.0 bento bug fix –

I fixed a bug in the Avatar 2.0 bento hands causing eyes to derp out.

– Some bug fixes –

Fixed the clipping right glove and the right O.CA armor glove for Kemono.
Fixed a bug in the Avatar 2.0 and Kemono HUDSs that caused custom textures added through the HUD to load in other people’s HUDs (this bug did not effect appliers)
Fixed the mixed up hand position icons in the HUD

There’s also a fix for the avatar 2.0 and kemono stockings and kneesocks pack for a stack heap collision error.

– Bento update now live –

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Rez your update cards cuz the following items are now bento compatible.

The avatar 2.0 now uses bento finger bones, to use other bento hand animations, set the hands to neutral position through the hud.
Kemono now uses bento finger and tail bones, for hand animations its the same deal as avatar 2.0, i have not tested the tail with other bento tail animations so i cant guarantee it wont look wonky, since i only rigged the tail to deform right using kemono tail animations.

The O.CA armor hands for avatar 2.0 and kemono and the modular arm glove kit for avatar 2.0 will work with this update too.

Also, haro is working on fingernails for kemono bento hands so keep an eye on their store.