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User Info: Milennin

Milennin
4 weeks ago#1
Been wanting to try out VR since it came out some years ago. Have been kind of waiting for some sort of system seller since then, but I hardly hear anything about VR games at all. What are some of the top games currently out, or anything upcoming that should be looked forward to?

I know there's several different sets of VR, is there a good up-to-date summary or guide that goes over the pros and cons of each? Any set to avoid if I wear glasses, or will VR work fine without my glasses on (seriously, I never tried VR, I have no idea...)

Anything else to keep in mind when buying VR? My PC sports a GTX 1070, I know it's the strongest, but it should be fine for running VR games, right?
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User Info: xXCloudoXx

xXCloudoXx
4 weeks ago#2
Don't do it, you will regret it. You will play it for a couple of months feeling like you've hit the peak of gaming! Then you will hardly play it once a month at the most.

User Info: Celebratox

Celebratox
4 weeks ago#3
It's more like the first few months are the honeymoon period where you realize how much potential VR has, but then the reality hits that the market is still far too small and it will be a long time until enough games start regularly tapping into that potential for VR to replace traditional games as your hobby. But by then you've played enough VR to not want to go back to playing normal games. It kind of sucks really, it's a sickening feeling.
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User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
4 weeks ago#4
That being said, the larger budget games that started development back on 2016 are getting closer to release, and the movie/art aspect of VR is pretty great. So even if the games don't hold your attention (some of them are very repayable or have a lot of hours of game play, I've a few friends who have 100s of hours in Pavlov/Onward and one of my buddies practically lives in VR Chat).
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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
4 weeks ago#5
Celebratox posted...
It's more like the first few months are the honeymoon period where you realize how much potential VR has, but then the reality hits that the market is still far too small and it will be a long time until enough games start regularly tapping into that potential for VR to replace traditional games as your hobby. But by then you've played enough VR to not want to go back to playing normal games. It kind of sucks really, it's a sickening feeling.


I've had some experience with VR, and while it certainly can be a fun and immersive experience, I wouldn't go as far as saying I would never play traditional games. Most VR games I played are fairly shallow experiences and lack the deep, interesting worlds and mechanics of traditional games. Of course that's just my opinion, "you do you" as they say.
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User Info: Borticus1

Borticus1
4 weeks ago#6
Well, I'll try to answer your question. I love my VR headset. I wound up buying the Vive after doing a lot of research, so I'll pass along the important notes.

First, VR is very demanding on your computer. Make sure your rig can actually run it before spending the cash.

Second and perhaps most important, the next gen of VR headsets is just coming out. Oculus Rift S was the first and more are coming. I'm not up to date on those since my rig won't run them anyway, but I do know that waiting may get you a better headset and/or a lower price.

However, if you do decide to go with current gen headsets:

Oculus Rift

Don't be fooled by the lower price tag on the Oculus rift. It has some drawbacks. The sensors are not in the headset but in the sensor units. You'll often need a third sensor to avoid blind spots, and powered cable extensions so they'll reach your computer. That means a lot of USB 3.0 ports to plug everything into. It does have better controllers, and a lighter and more comfortable headset.

HTC Vive

This one is appears more expensive, but since the sensors are in the headset you don't need to buy a third wall sensor or powered cord extensions and setup/operation is much easier. Plug the wall sensors into a power outlet and you're good to go. When I calculated the price of everything I would need they were about the same.

The controllers are bulky and weird, probably since they were the original motion sensor controllers and everyone else has improved on the design. But this one has more upgrade options than the Rift if you're willing to spend the money, like a wireless adapter and deluxe headstrap (the headstrap it comes with is disappointing.)

But don't bother with the Pro unless you have a ton of money to spend. It doesn't upgrade the experience that much and is unbelievably expensive.

My recommendations

If you're planning to do seated VR games, I'd recommend a Rift. It'll be cheaper and more comfortable. If you're planning to do a full roomscale experience, I recommend the Vive. Better tracking and room setup.
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User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
4 weeks ago#7
^The above post made a pretty big typo/mistake.

The Vive does NOT have inside out tracking, external Lazer base stations need to be set up in the room to track the headset.

The only VR headsets with inside out tracking (sensors in the headset) are the WMR based ones and that low quality new one from Facebook.
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User Info: SilentCaay

SilentCaay
4 weeks ago#8
You hardly hear about VR games in general gaming forums because VR owners mostly only talk about them in VR communities. If you're interested in VR, I suggest hanging out in some of them.

https://www.reddit.com/r/virtualreality/
https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamVR/
https://www.reddit.com/r/ValveIndex/
https://www.reddit.com/r/vive_vr/

And individual game forums. Depends on which games you end up liking but, for example:

https://www.reddit.com/r/beatsaber/
https://www.reddit.com/r/H3VR/

You can also bookmark Steam's VR section and see what's New/Top Selling/Being Experienced/Upcoming to keep on top of new and popular games:

https://store.steampowered.com/vr/#p=0&tab=NewReleases

As for good VR games, here's a recent thread:

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/916373-pc/77732875

Here's an up-to-date summary on gaming HMDs written by myself specifically for the Beat Saber community:

https://www.reddit.com/r/beatsaber/comments/bj9yea/vr_headset_comparisions_everything_you_need_to/

Finally, don't listen to the nay-sayers. I bought my Vive 2 years ago, I use it a few times a week and I felt it was worth it to spend the money to upgrade to the upcoming Valve Index. It's an expensive hobby, I'll be honest. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on games because you'll want to try a large variety of experiences. VR is whole new world for gaming and you'd be wasting the potential of a headset if you only buy a few games for it. The people that enjoy VR a lot tend to be the ones that buy a ton of games while the people that don't tend to be the ones that have only bought like 3 games.

Borticus1 posted...
However, if you do decide to go with current gen headsets:
Oculus Rift

Rift has been discontinued. Rift S is the current Oculus headset.
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User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
4 weeks ago#9
As for a non-Reddit solution, lots of discussion happens in the Steam community tabs for VR games.
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User Info: OUberLord

OUberLord
4 weeks ago#10
I'm probably going to be buying an Oculus Rift S myself. Unless the Vive has something new right around the corner, it seems like the Rift S is one of the better headsets out there right now to get into VR with.
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