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shponglefan:
Took delivery of an HTC Vive a couple days ago.  After playing for about 8+ hours now, I can safely say that this is the most impressive piece of technology I've ever tried.  And it's easily the single most revolutionary gaming device I've ever used.

It impossible to put into words what it feels like to be inside a video game.  Because that's exactly what it's like: you're inside the video game.  Everything I've tried in the past--stereoscopic glasses, triple monitor setups, 100 inch high def projector screens--nothing comes close to how completely immersive this is.

Case in point, I was playing a virtual mini-golf game.  I hit the ball causing it to bounce back to where I was standing.  I instinctively jumped out of the way to avoid the ball hitting me; the virtual ball that isn't even real.  My brain had been completely tricked.

The motion control in particular is exceptional.  It lends a level of intuition to gaming that I've never experienced outside of specialized controllers (i.e. driving wheels, etc).  For example, playing a zombie shooter, I found myself aiming down the pistol sight and closing one eye to aim.  In a regular video game this would require some button/mouse combo to execute.  In VR, I literally just aimed down the sights.  To not even have to think about how to do something like that is a revelation.  And the haptic feedback in the controllers add to the immersion even further.  Being able to physically feel virtual interactions is just bonkers.

The sense of scale and distance in VR is incredible.  To actually see characters and environments as life-sized... I can't even begin to describe what it's like.  In the aforementioned zombie game, both times I attempted to play it, it left me shaking in fear.  Being attacked by life-sized zombies and monsters is the most terrifying experience I've ever had in a game.  I can legitimately say this is the first time a game has made me fear for my personal safety.

The biggest drawback thus far is how exhausting this experience has been.  Playing the more action oriented games, I find myself sweating after a good half-hour or so.  I couldn't even imagine trying to do a marathon gaming session for several hours in a row.  But it's been worth it; so incredibly worth it.

I really hope this catches on; no other gaming experience comes close to this.

Nephasth:
I have an LG G5. Bring on the VR porn!

shponglefan:

--- Quote from: Nephasth on April 29, 2016, 10:38:13 pm ---I have an LG G5. Bring on the VR porn!
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Tried that too  ;D

It's... kinda weird actually.  Like the uncanny valley of porn.

Slippyblade:
Where'd you buy and how much?

shponglefan:

--- Quote from: Slippyblade on April 29, 2016, 11:04:27 pm ---Where'd you buy and how much?
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Ordered directly from HTC (https://www.htcvive.com/).  I preordered back at the beginning of March.  They're currently backordered by about 2 months (current orders will ship in June).

Total cost was about $1300 Canadian (inc tax + shipping).  The price was the biggest sticking point and I nearly canceled my order a couple times.  Having now tried it, I'd order it again in a heartbeat.

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