Virtual reality virtually here? Review of the VR920 glasses - PAGE 1

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Bill Gates03 Jun 12, 08
I know you might now be able to get "screens" of gameplay with this, but how does the 3D look?

I can't even think of how this would look...
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tekmosis Jun 12, 08
I got a chance to try these out as well while Kevin had them in for review. From the perspective of someone who wears glasses, these are not comfortable to wear both with or without glasses on. More painful with glasses on while trying to wear these as the arms don't extend outwards enough and the ear buds end up getting in the way of properly wearing them.

The screens were tiny and very unappealing. For myself, the novelty wore off after 5mins of trying these with MS Flight Sim. Personally, I would not recommend these at all for the price tag it's offered at. I pegged these at a value of $80-90 and was rather shocked to see it marked as $400.
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Dead_Homeboy Jun 12, 08
I would really hate to buy something for $400 and not use it because it was uncomfortable. I think I'll wait for a better designed model. Otherwise they sound really cool, and the gaming experience would be great. Some higher resolution LCDs would be a good improvement.
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kspiess Jun 12, 08
quote Bill Gates03
I know you might now be able to get "screens" of gameplay with this, but how does the 3D look?

I can't even think of how this would look...
Ya, the screenies wouldn't work. They would appear like a normal screenshot, but images would have like red and blue outlines.

I'm not sure if you've seen a 3d film, but its sort of the same.

Objects looks fairly similar -- but with a bit of distorition, while the 3d effect makes it seem like their is sort of 2 or 3 layers in the image. Like as if you had 3 transparent screens on top of each other, showing different objects.
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kspiess Jun 12, 08
quote Dead_Homeboy
I would really hate to buy something for $400 and not use it because it was uncomfortable. I think I'll wait for a better designed model. Otherwise they sound really cool, and the gaming experience would be great. Some higher resolution LCDs would be a good improvement.
It's odd -- all of the other reviews of this product I found (about 4 or 5) all were really positive about the VR920's. But I think those reviewers did not take the price into as much account as I did. I'm pretty certain that 9.5 out of 10 people would be better off buying a 24" LCD monitor.

Although, as I mentioned in the review, perhaps somebody who only has a laptop might use this product. If you have a gaming desktop, I would not recommend this product.

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Bill Gates03 Jun 13, 08
Yeah, the resolution and image quality really turn this down for me.

Why do that when you can use a huge widescreen monitor?

BTW, have you guys heard of Augmented Reality. It's where you mix game models with real world textures!!!

For example, here is a crappy example of Quake:



Yes, those are Quake models set in a real world. AMAZING!

I just can't wait for something like The Matrix.
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Shadow of Death Jun 13, 08
Meh, early models of anything are usually frought with design and user friendliness (comfort and ease of use) issues.....

Give it a few years, and these sort of devices could become a viable option for many people. An alternative to a 'standard' display monitor, like an 'upgrade to a XXXXXXX' option.....

I wear glasses myself, and I can imagine they wouldn't be that comfortable >_>

I'm more curious about the future of direct neural stimulation devices, than this device, which is basically a glorified (small) dual screen monitor mounted on a headset....The magnetic sensors are in fact, the most interesting thing about it. Well, the stereoscopic pseudo-3D thing too, but it seems it didn't turn out all that great (though future software titles could make better use of it).....
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Sébastien &qu Jun 13, 08
And for those interested in VR, I wrote an article (with lots of pictures and videos) about what VR is about in 2008.
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easyduzit Jun 13, 08
This comment is totally unrelated to the VR glasses, but I felt I needed to add it anyway.

Kevin, for crying out loud, talk to a qualified editor!
Your writing skills truly need work. You omit certain words in some contexts or use the wrong word in others.

You're obviously a bright fellow, but your text is at times painful to read.

I find writing like this undermines your credibility.


Just a thought.

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OmegaFury Jun 13, 08
I hope Vuzix works on this more. If they perfect this piece of technology, and make it mainstream, gamers everywhere are going to have a very pleasurable experience.
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kspiess Jun 13, 08
quote Sébastien &qu|message:20415440
And for those interested in VR, I wrote an article (with lots of pictures and videos) about what VR is about in 2008.
Nice blog !
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kspiess Jun 13, 08
quote easyduzit
This comment is totally unrelated to the VR glasses, but I felt I needed to add it anyway.

Kevin, for crying out loud, talk to a qualified editor!
Your writing skills truly need work. You omit certain words in some contexts or use the wrong word in others.

You're obviously a bright fellow, but your text is at times painful to read.

I find writing like this undermines your credibility.


Just a thought.


Fair enough! Reading the last page last night at home, I picked up a couple of errors that made me cringe. Spending more time on proof-reading would improve things, certainly. Unfortunately at the moment we do not have a copy editor (or equivalent) here so its generally myself missing my own mistakes. But I'll have to be more resolute about this.
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Bill Gates03 Jun 14, 08
Lol, not to hammer you more kspiess, and you do a good job with the news, but I almost always notice huge spelling mistakes or incorrect usage of something etc etc...

It doesn't take away from the news article (it's just a news article!) but I am like, is this a professional site or not?

You are doing a good job, I just recommend that you at least go back and read through it once.
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Redemption Jun 14, 08
On the note of 3d stereoscopic gaming, I had the occasion to try using some of the 3D LCD monitors being bandied about now, and I felt the same way Kevin did about the glasses: things look slightly warped, and the overall effect is neat but actually takes away from the game in many respects.

The 3D television I saw at Computex last year was more cool, but its very narrow sweet spot made it kind of useless. This pursuit of 3D is not a new one, we had reviewed a sterescopic pair of glasses 4 or more years ago and concluded it just wasn't ready. The tecnnology, it seems, still has a long way to go, and with 24" monitors becoming more mainstream the claim of experiencing PC gaming on the equivalent of a 62" TV from 9' away is just not all that exciting anymore. Not to mention some console gamers are actually gaming on 42-60" TV's already.
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