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  Reply # 1465727 8-Jan-2016 11:07
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DarthKermit: Maybe our man in the field, @sbiddle can check it out while he's at that CES show and tell us how good it is?


A couple accounts/reviews:

https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/3zsa69/i_just_tried_the_ces_rift_cv1_demos/
https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/3zw8ta/ces_cv1_impressions_vs_vive/

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  Reply # 1513786 15-Mar-2016 15:24
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I'm getting the itch to (pre)order.

 

A couple of questions...

 

-Is there any trick to ordering it in NZ? (i.e. do you need to use youshop, or any other 'tricks' like when ordering from overseas sometimes)

 

-Is the pre-order some kind of special? (i.e is it somehow a better deal then buying it in a few months time? a bundle?)


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1513835 15-Mar-2016 16:21
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From my understanding Oculus won't allow remailers like Youshop and their shipping costs are VERY expensive to NZ.

 

From memory the perk to pre-ordering is you get the same place in the queue when touch controllers are released ie. If you're first to pre-order a Rift then you're first in line for touch controllers.

 

 


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  Reply # 1513863 15-Mar-2016 16:38
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1.Maybe buy tickets to fly to the US, collect a Surface Book & Oculus Rift & R9 Fury while I'm over there.....use all the savings

 

2. ...

 

3. Profit!?


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  Reply # 1592516 14-Jul-2016 14:14
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I was reading Rift backorders are now all fufilled, and new orders are shipping quickly?

 

Been considering getting a Vive instead as the package of technology seems more complete (and was shipping sooner), but Rift apparently has more titles, and more 'complete' titles (I've heard Vive's software is more like technology demos at the moment)

 

Also I've read 'rumours' that Vive is outselling Rift 2:1, so it may be gathering more steam as a platform.

 

Thoughts?
Has everyone here who pre-ordered got theirs? What was your final delivered price including customs fees?

 

Any thoughts on using something like youshop instead of paying Rifts hefty international shipping fees?

 

Also PBTech briefly had some Rifts in stock for about $1500.


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  Reply # 1592703 14-Jul-2016 18:29
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I tried the Vive today at Noel Leemings.  It's f*cking fantastic!

 

I read somewhere that Oculus won't allow the use of remailers like youshop. Oculus shipping prices are quite fishy.


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  Reply # 1592758 14-Jul-2016 19:43
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I got a Vive 2 months ago, pre ordered from HTC.

 

Its great fun, and the ability to move in 3D space is great. Vanishing realms is fantastic. Hacking and slashing D+D action.

 

A couple of weeks ago I drew a house for my daughter and we stood inside it and drew furniture.

 

Spooky how quickly kids get the hang of it of playing in VR space. (Job Simulator very popular)

 

 

 

Hopefully not end up with the better system being outmarketed by Rift.

 

 

 

A.

 

 


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  Reply # 1592762 14-Jul-2016 20:01
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By all accounts, it seems that the Vive is taking the lion's share at the moment - on the Steam Hardware Survey most of the VR gear used by the whopping 0.15% reported VR users is the HTC Vive - I believe it was at around 66% last I checked, with the Rift CV1 taking up about 30%, and the last 4% being OSVR, DK2 and what have you.

 

 

Hopefully HTC keep the momentum up and forces Oculus to reneg on their current stance.

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  Reply # 1592764 14-Jul-2016 20:18
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Late to the party here. Bottom line, how good is any of these? HD? Awesome? Compatible with lots? Will it be a VR HD screen where ever you look, or will be it version 1.0? 

 

I feel that it is most certainly the next big thing IF it is awesome.


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  Reply # 1592766 14-Jul-2016 20:20
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toejam316: By all accounts, it seems that the Vive is taking the lion's share at the moment - on the Steam Hardware Survey most of the VR gear used by the whopping 0.15% reported VR users is the HTC Vive - I believe it was at around 66% last I checked, with the Rift CV1 taking up about 30%, and the last 4% being OSVR, DK2 and what have you. Hopefully HTC keep the momentum up and forces Oculus to reneg on their current stance.

 

I don't think the steam hardware survey is representative of the actual usage. Those who have the Vive almost definitely use Steam, because thats their main way of playing VR games.. Those who have a Rift don't necessarily use Steam. Latest estimates I saw was 300k units Rift, 100k units Vive- though I haven't been keeping up to date enough to be confident in those numbers.

 

As for Oculus' current stance... I don't see what the issue is anymore. They've removed the "DRM" that disallowed Revive (the project to let Vive play Oculus store games). In terms of "exclusives", Oculus and the companies involved have made it very clear that first of all, Oculus funded those companies in order to make those games to start with, or to make them quicker. Secondly, they are for the most part timed exclusives..

 

Personally I own a Rift, and think the Vive is better right now simply because it has motion controls. Come late 2016 when Oculus Touch comes out, I don't think that'll be the case anymore.

 

As for prices, I preordered (+7.50 mins) and got free shipping- my final price came in at $999. If you factor in shipping, it's probably more like 1200-1300? Either way, you don't have to worry about GST or Duty, as that is included in the price.


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  Reply # 1592771 14-Jul-2016 20:28
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tdgeek:

 

Late to the party here. Bottom line, how good is any of these? HD? Awesome? Compatible with lots? Will it be a VR HD screen where ever you look, or will be it version 1.0? 

 

I feel that it is most certainly the next big thing IF it is awesome.

 

 

How good are they? Bloody good.

 

HD? Sort of.. you can see individual pixels if you go looking.. I would say it's *sufficient* for this generation - 1.0. Frankly, most games need a GTX 970/980+ at this resolution, so there's no way a consumer VR headset could have done 4K at this point IMO. In the future, higher resolution is gonna be really key though.

 

HD where ever you look? I have a rift, so I can attest to the "sweet spot" (part of the lens which is well in focus) being pretty large. I've read reports comparing it with the Vive which is basically unanimous saying Vive's "sweet spot" is muuuch smaller. I find the Rift's focus to be pretty good- I've never been distracted by something out of focus (yet!)

 

Is it the next big thing? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm probably. Not right now... later, I think. I had to put my Rift away a few weeks ago when I got wisdom teeth out, and I've not had it back out since - though I've been meaning to! It's certainly awesome enough that you could use it for a bunch of stuff all the time, but not awesome enough that I immediately got it back out after feeling better. I think it's mostly due to the small amount of content, perpetuated by not having motion controls right now. But in saying that, using it for simulation games has been ridiculously awesome so far. Flying in DCS World is just outrageously amazing.

 

I still think you'd have to consider yourself an early adopter in order to buy a VR headset.


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  Reply # 1621559 2-Sep-2016 18:02
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My rift turned up today......better than I expected, really cool. 

 

Absolutely kills google cardboard, of course. 

 

2 issues though, it is a bit fragile in maintaining a solid connection with the USB ports. I had to unplug all my other devices to get it working, for some odd reason. eg, I could get a picture but no audio. I am not the only one who has had such issues from reading online too. 

 

Second issue is that I cannot get a turn cos the kids took it over. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1622237 4-Sep-2016 09:01
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surfisup1000:

 

My rift turned up today......better than I expected, really cool. 

 

Absolutely kills google cardboard, of course. 

 

2 issues though, it is a bit fragile in maintaining a solid connection with the USB ports. I had to unplug all my other devices to get it working, for some odd reason. eg, I could get a picture but no audio. I am not the only one who has had such issues from reading online too. 

 

Second issue is that I cannot get a turn cos the kids took it over. 

 

 

 

 

Figured out the USB issue --- Modern PC's have a fairly low limit to the number of USB3.0 devices that can be attached (compared to usb2.0) , such that it is fairly easy to hit the max.  I have 4 ext. hard drives, one ext drive dock, memory card reader, bunch of peripherals/peripheral wireless receivers (headset, 2 mice, keyboard, flight stick) 2 monitor usb extenders, oculus xbox 360 controller, oculus rift headset, oculus sensor device, usb3.0 7 port hub (for all those devices), 2 iphone usb cables (old connector/new connector)

 

As such, I hit the usb3.0 device limit as per this very informative site...

 

 

 

http://plugable.com/2015/09/08/not-enough-usb-controller-resources/

 

My solution it seems, is to install a usb2.0 bracket and plug all non-usb3.0 devices into that. 


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  Reply # 1627861 12-Sep-2016 13:32
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I preordered both the Rift and the Vive, ended up cancelling the Rift and am super glad I did. Having the option to use standing room or roomscale in addition to seated adds a whole new level to the experience.

 

Unfortunately if you want to be able to use either of them for web browsing you really need to wait for next gen. I was hoping to be able to have multiple big screens all setup around me for browsing while watching movies etc but the resolution means the screens need to be enormous. Personally I'd say if you are a gamer with spare cash grab a Vive. If not then wait for next gen.


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  Reply # 1627869 12-Sep-2016 13:35
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Stripy:

 

I preordered both the Rift and the Vive, ended up cancelling the Rift and am super glad I did. Having the option to use standing room or roomscale in addition to seated adds a whole new level to the experience.

 

Unfortunately if you want to be able to use either of them for web browsing you really need to wait for next gen. I was hoping to be able to have multiple big screens all setup around me for browsing while watching movies etc but the resolution means the screens need to be enormous. Personally I'd say if you are a gamer with spare cash grab a Vive. If not then wait for next gen.

 

 

Did you end up trying a Rift?


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