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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2019, 07:01:03 am »
Tried to install it on my laptop (GT555M) last night.  I didn't plug it in beforehand and followed the instructions to the letter.

No dice. It's still stuck at the compositor error and holowview assist also crashes.  Was hoping to learn something useful that could be shared.  No such luck.  This thing is random.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2019, 02:03:22 pm »
Hopefully the firmware update will fix the issue.  I can't get it to run on my laptop either.  It seems like there should be a way to manually start the compositor.... it's just a process running in the background according to task manager. 

Something of note that may or may not be useful is the fact that if you turn direct mode off, the headset shows up as a secondary monitor again and the compositor error returns.  I doubt that will be useful for getting it working, but it means that you can, for example run a virtual boy emulator on the second screen and if it's positioned properly You'll get stereoscopic 3d.  With some effort I could probably get some older games to work that way as well.  Steam VR is supposed to have a "desktop theater" mode, but I haven't been able to find it.  I think some of the features in steam vr are tied to the vive controllers. 


Btw I couldn't get the oculus stuff to install.  It throws up a random error or something when it's 99% done with the install. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #82 on: January 25, 2019, 11:52:25 pm »
If you guys are still interested in these the update today seemed to have made the goggles more stable.  HomeVR now works right, no crashing.... and even a slight performance boost.  I'm going to try installing on my laptop when I feel better. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #83 on: January 26, 2019, 07:52:34 am »
Thanks for the heads up.  I'm still messing around with it.  I gave up on trying to get it to work on my laptop.
The compositor error went away on my desktop after updating the video card drivers.  I think the reason it is still there on the laptop is that the 555M just doesn't support it.

I bought the "Android" version to tinker with.  It sucks bad.  The "android based" OS is called Nibiru and it cannot access the google play store.
It has a built in app store, but all the games remind me of the crappy knockoff games that come with the "250 games included" handheld or mini arcade toys at walmart or target.
You basically move your head to steer or aim in all the ones I tried.  But the character or shot doesn't line up with where you are looking, you basically use your head as an analog joystick.  :censored:
I think there is some way to get actual android apps through a website called Aptoid, but it's a shady mess that I haven't worked my way through.
One review I found of the Nibiru OS said that most android apps they tried didn't work well anyway because they require a touchscreen to put them into VR mode.
There is a mouse peripheral available, but I'm not buying it.
The menus are low-res and jaggy when angled.  The built in browser resembles a cell phone browser from 15 years ago, when cell phone screens were square and low res.
Its only saving grace is that Kodi is available on the included app store.  It's missing options for screen adjustments and such, but I was able to install add-ons and it all works well.

I tried to play 4k video from microsd, USB(using a USB3 drive), and internal memory.  Same freezing and audio issues across the board.  1440 plays fine, which is the stated native resolution.
Drift is really bad and it will only let you reset the position to a place far enough away from the current position that the menu won't overlap.
So you end up having to move the menu way far in some other direction and then back to where you wanted it.
Luckily Kodi just stays locked in position.
Last gripe is that you can't leave headphones plugged into it or they won't work when it boots up.  They must be plugged in after it has already booted up.
Overall, I do not recommend unless the price goes down and the primary purpose you want it for is Kodi.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #84 on: January 26, 2019, 01:09:09 pm »
I figured out what my problem was on my particular laptop, but I haven't tried to fix it yet.  You know where it draws power from the usb port?  My laptop doesn't supply enough, even when plugged in.  I'll have to try it with a powered hub. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #85 on: February 22, 2019, 03:22:32 pm »
Have you guys tried 'Big Screen" yet?  Some stereoscopic games are really cool in a theatre style screen.  Can't remember the game but there's a hang on style 2D racing game that really looks good in big screen in vr).  Also Netflix and movies are cool too ;)

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #86 on: February 22, 2019, 11:22:24 pm »
I recall Dolphin being fun in Big Screen on my Rift. Haven't tried it on this headset yet though.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #87 on: February 27, 2019, 07:56:40 pm »
They are on sale again.  10 bucks higher, but they come with the $20 gift card now.  I'm tempted to get another.

https://slickdeals.net/f/12879139-vr-tek-virtual-reality-headset-and-bt-controller-with-bonus-20-steam-gift-card-29-99-44-99-fs?src=catpagev2_catnav_games

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #88 on: February 28, 2019, 10:59:40 pm »
Are these the units you're talking about? https://uploadvr.com/cheap-walmart-vr-headsets/
If so pay special attention to the last sentence:

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Hopefully people who do buy them realize that they donít represent what VR truly has to offer.


Is it still a gimmick to you or you finding there is more to it?

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #89 on: February 28, 2019, 11:45:37 pm »
It's already expired, sorry.

It's fair to say that they aren't great quality compared to more expensive sets, but they are definitely $20-30 worth of fun.  They work great for limited use. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #90 on: March 01, 2019, 03:23:58 pm »
It's already expired, sorry.

It's fair to say that they aren't great quality compared to more expensive sets, but they are definitely $20-30 worth of fun.  They work great for limited use.

Seems to be Live again but it's only $19.99 with the $20 Steam card - so basically free if you buy the $20 steam card !

https://www.walmart.com/co/VR-Tek-Virtual-Reality-Headset-with-BONUS-20-Steam-Gift-Card-Save-20-Total/903059996?u1=cb3490983c5f11e994d5266c2775f9cb0INT&oid=223073.1&wmlspartner=lw9MynSeamY&sourceid=03885643131897186521&affillinktype=10&veh=aff

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #91 on: March 01, 2019, 03:59:52 pm »
Yeah the 1440 per eye version was the one I was wanting.  Still a great deal.  Keep in mind that without drivers these show up as a 4k, 5 inch monitor, so if nothing else you have a small screen to hack for projects.....Tempted to get one to tear apart and use as a digital dash on my racing rig. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #92 on: March 02, 2019, 10:38:06 am »
Tempted to get one to tear apart and use as a digital dash on my racing rig.

...because THAT needs to be 4K.  :lol


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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #93 on: March 02, 2019, 02:40:42 pm »
No, but it needs to be small and easily connected to a pc.  Other than as add-ons for Arduino/pi related projects, small inexpensive screens can be hard to find. 

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« Reply #94 on: March 03, 2019, 06:39:22 am »
No, but it needs to be small and easily connected to a pc.  Other than as add-ons for Arduino/pi related projects, small inexpensive screens can be hard to find.
No kidding. I shelved a pi zero mini arcade project because of the cost of 2.5" (IIRC) screens.  The more common bigger sizes are actually cheaper.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #95 on: March 03, 2019, 01:22:08 pm »
Yeah I actually found a recent article over at hackaday where a relatively inexpensive motorcycle tacho/speedo combo was controlled via an Arduino and the source was actually included.  Might be worth looking into. 

I know I'm starting over from scratch with my racing rig.... it turned out pretty ok, but it looks ugly, having the pc in the bottom makes it hard to work on and overall it sits too high for me to use my tv as a monitor.  I'll put up a post mortem eventually.... learned a lot and a lot of the ideas I tried actually worked quite well.... I just need to take all of that and put it on a better chassis. 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #96 on: April 18, 2019, 04:26:14 pm »
Elite Dangerous is on sale.  Has anyone tried it with one of these cheap VR sets and gamepad?

Bought Thumper on sale and was disappointed.  It's another one where the gameplay requires you to stare forward, so the VR effect isn't much.

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #97 on: April 19, 2019, 09:14:13 pm »
Elite Dangerous is on sale.  Has anyone tried it with one of these cheap VR sets and gamepad?

Bought Thumper on sale and was disappointed.  It's another one where the gameplay requires you to stare forward, so the VR effect isn't much.

I gave it a shot.  It requires you to register with the developer's site, provide more information than I wanted to, and link accounts.
After going through that BS, it launches in desktop mode despite clicking to launch it in VR.
After messing with it for an hour and still being stuck in desktop mode, I requested a refund.  :angry:
 

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Re: Highly Discounted VR toy... what do you guys make of it?
« Reply #98 on: April 20, 2019, 12:27:50 am »
Sorry, been working on other things lately.  Honestly my pc is barely powerful enough to run some of the more basic games, so I haven't messed with it much.  Still think it was worth the puny asking price of $20 though.  Gonna pickup the basic Vr kit for labo later as well... it's getting surprisingly good reviews for what it is and it appears that Nintendo wants to add VR modes to most of it's first party games.