Rift and HoloLens hardware demystified
Tested.com reported on VR at E3 extensively, posting a 40-minute video featuring a hands-on with the Rift and Oculus Touch and interviews with Oculus vice president Nate Mitchell and co-founder Palmer Luckey. The whole video is worth watching.
“[The microphone is] behind the fabric,” Mitchell said, confirming a key social feature for the Rift.
UploadVR tested the tracking volume of two cameras with the Oculus Touch demo to see if room-scale VR is a possibility. It looks pretty solid (see here in a 53-second video), though how two cameras stack up cost-wise against Valve’s laser tracking is still a mystery. Ambient lighting will also affect the systems differently.
“It’s not designed really for your living room,” Mitchell said in the Tested video. “Would it work in your living room? Maybe. Depends on lighting conditions and sort of the distance between you and your TV.”
Meanwhile, buried inside a multi-hour E3 livestream video by Giant Bomb, Microsoft executives discussed how the company’s “technical marvel” camera technology is able to give people a sense of what HoloLens promises in games like “Minecraft”. However, in the same breath, they dashed any hopes HoloLens will be able to deliver a wide field of view in the first iteration. The relevant bit comes up at three hours and 12 minutes into the video.
“The field of view isn’t exactly final, but I wouldn’t say it’s gonna be hugely noticeably different either,” said Kudo Tsunoda, Microsoft vice president.
Sony Morpheus content revealed
Tested interviewed PlayStation’s Richard Marks (15-minute video) about Morpheus and went hands-on with several titles. The console VR system’s most intriguing feature is asymmetrical gameplay allowing some players to use traditional controllers to play on a TV against a player using the Morpheus.
“It’s kind of rendering two different views, one for the person in VR and one for all the other players on the television,” Richard Marks said.
RoadToVR summarized the various titles demonstrated on the Morpheus at E3, including “Summer Lesson” (tech demo trailer), “Futuridium VR” (trailer), “RIGS” (trailer), “Headmaster” (trailer), “Wayward Sky” (trailer) and “Battlezone” (trailer).
The prolific team at Tested also posted a hands-on video with StarVR and interviewed the Starbreeze team about its future plans for the ambitious new ultra-wide field of view headset.