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g.poubelle has recently been playing AVOlight.Space (Multi-Screen Media Player) and Portal Stories: VR


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1 Month ago
Nvidia reckon they can “rock and roll” the cryptocurrency market better than AMDNvidia reckon they can “rock and roll” the cryptocurrency market better than AMD
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Well the way I see it for now miners are increasing the GPU pricing, and raising the component cost, which only further raises the GPU pricing... and selling back their second hand GPUs at the price they should have cost to begin with. Looks like a total win for miners and GPU manufacturers, and a total loss for gamers.

But miners are also speeding up the GPU cycle, and once the second hand GPU market saturates that faster GPU cycle is going to start benefiting gamers.

I wish the CPU market was this active...
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Killing Floor: Incursion for the Oculus Rift is out nowKilling Floor: Incursion for the Oculus Rift is out now
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And it comes with a true horror story : It fails to include free locomotion, if only as an option.

Which for a ~1 year old VR user is about as fun as having to play a FPS on a keyboard without any mouse support : You'll spend more time cursing the controls then enjoying the AAA graphics.

Instead of a 10% discount, I suggest pricing the game at 36$ and selling a free locomotion DLC for 4$ (if not the other way around).Reply
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It includes full locomotion and was confirmed at least two weeks ago (one week prior to your post). There's some places you need to get with teleporting though but shouldn't ruin your experience.

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1 Month ago
Room-scale VR is all very well, but my room apparently isn't to scaleRoom-scale VR is all very well, but my room apparently isn't to scale
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Have you tried using selfie sticks instead of tripods (on the CV1) ? I did and it works great for me :)Reply
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A smart idea, but how would I control the game with both hands occupied?

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1 Month ago
Oh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency miningOh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency mining
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AMD aren't really that bothered who buys their cards, it all ends up on their bottom line. The same goes for the partner boards manufactures, for the most part, except it does nothing for their brand recognition in the wider market.

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Well announcing their sales numbers, reducing their production cost, and those GPUs ending up on ebay & Co, should increase both their brand recognition and market share, if only with a delayed effect.


I haven't heard so much (positive comments) about AMD for over 5 years...


Thank you for explaining :)

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Oh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency miningOh crap... the AMD Vega is “insanely good” at cryptocurrency mining
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Why doesn't AMD let those miners buy all the cards they can ?

It creates volumes to bring their production cost down, and once they end up sold back on ebay they will speed up the adoption rate of higher GPUs by game developers, so that games end up with higher graphic settings instead of running at 200+ FPS.

How about this : AMD sell them at twice the price to miners, and for every GPU they sell they hand out a free GPU through a lottery :)Reply
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AMD aren't really that bothered who buys their cards, it all ends up on their bottom line. The same goes for the partner boards manufactures, for the most part, except it does nothing for their brand recognition in the wider market.

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g.poubelle commented on
1 Month ago
The best VR games on PCThe best VR games on PC
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VR moves fast : This list is one year old :)
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Microsoft "want to treat PC like a first-class citizen" - do they mean it this time?Microsoft "want to treat PC like a first-class citizen" - do they mean it this time?
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The less Microsoft does gaming, the better gaming does.Reply
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Not sure on that. Forza Horizon 3 for example does a lot for pc gamers, more so than many pc only games. Settings are all encompassing and include lots of what you want including a pretty good auto detect. You can change controls from pad to keyboard on the fly etc.

It's occasionally a bit flaky and CS is a bit hard to contact but then that has always been the case with the Forza franchise.

Once they stop trying to ram Xbox down your throat at every opportunity and sorting out the pricing then...

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2 Months ago
Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)
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Well we at least agree the Vive's "lighthouse" has "less" blind spots then a single pair of Oculus sensors : The "lighthouse" is exactly the only thing that's technologically superior about the HTC Vive.


But for me the hand controller tracking is perfectly adequate on both systems (and the headset tracking is ~perfect on both), so I'll take the lighter, more comfortable headset, along with the crisper display and convenient built-in audio, the optimized drivers, the thinner and lighter headset cable, the lighter and more ergonomic Touch hand controllers, the easier installation process (both hardware and software)... and make that my "technologically superior VR solution", over having more tracking then I need instead :)


Also the Touch tracking is perfectly accurate (within their tracked space), and as for their reliability, it's more like it's the HTC Vive controllers that have been know to make your virtual hands suddenly fly off for no reason (due to software driver issues) despite the increased range and reduced blind spots of their "lighthouse" hardware.


I mean the best choice would be to have CV1 for the headset, Touch for the hand controllers, and lighthouse for the tracking. And if you can't have that then the closest you can get to that (regardless of pricing) is CV1+Touch+Oculus Sensors, and not HTC Vive+wands+lighthouse.


Because VR immersion isn't about the strongest point : It's about the weakest points.

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Yup, as I said in the article, the Rift is definitely the most consumer-friendly of the VR headsets and the one we'd recommend.

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g.poubelle commented on
2 Months ago
After the goldrush ambitious ex-Ethereum miners are struggling to recoup their costsAfter the goldrush ambitious ex-Ethereum miners are struggling to recoup their costs
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It's time to pick up a second hand high end GPU, and a VR headset to justify it :)
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g.poubelle commented on
2 Months ago
Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)Why now is the time to enter the Matrix (or just buy a VR headset...)
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Again, the Vive is not technologically superior, only it's sensor tracking is better, and even that's mostly down to being able to track more then the CV1's 8x8 foot tracking limit. In almost every other aspect (and there's over a dozen of them ) the CV1 is better, which arguably makes the HTC Vive the technologically inferior VR solution.

Also with the price cuts Oculus VR is aiming to sponsor the VR software development, rather then clearing out stocks : Don't expect a CV2 anytime soon.

Reasons to choose an HTC Vive over a CV1 :
- Having more then 8x8 foot of empty space to dedicate to VR (which only a few short lived tech demos require).
- Misleading articles that make you think that the CV1 is technologically inferior, when it's mostly a superior headset that's a whole lot better price sponsored.
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