I got myself the Oculus bundle together with an USB-card from amazon.
Setup was really easy and well guided except that Xbox controller not wanting to pair. A Windows restart did the trick. The Windows restart school of problem solving will never get old.
Screen resolution feels like an old Game Boy Screen. But that depth perception does some crazy stuff with the brain.
I tried it first with Thumper. That game in 2D is already very good in creating a sense of dread. It’s funny how I think it gets slightly easier to judge the timing and distances but on the other hand the assault on the senses is stronger. Was a very cool first VR experience.
After a needed break I started up DCS and created a free flight mission in the editor. Stuff was almost unreadable and I could only do it because I know where the buttons in the editor are. DCS then crashed on “Prepare Mission”. I restarted it and upped the Pixel Density to 1.2. It made the menues way easier to read. Not wanting to redo the whole mission editor stuff I just tried a KA-50 Instant Action free flight. Oh boy. My graphics card is not strong enough for any nice graphics settings (GTX970) settings but this was really cool. I hope this cryptocurrency-craze will end till my next GPU upgrade.
I will have to get used to that falling feeling when going into a bank and not being pressed into the seat while being able to see the distance to the ground. And that vertigo feeling when the death camera goes up into the sky.
I then hopped into my second most favorite module, the MiG 21. I heard it was a small cramped cockpit but it’s such a beauty. Except that green or bright red instrument needle textures. One thing that amazed me was how far from the ground the pilot sits in the plane. Even in such small plane like the MiG21.
That was even more obviuos in the A-10. That plane is huuuuuge. Sitting in the A-10 on the ground feels like sitting in an Actros drivers cab.
I still haven’t set up the “use sight as mouse” buttons. Right now I’m still using the mouse. But finding the mouse is not that easy with the head set on. What gets me every time is when I try to look at my keyboard and it just isn’t there, just more cockpit instruments.
I’m looking forward to try more stuff out in VR. When I have to be “competitive” in DCS I will sadly have to stay with TrackIR. In the situational awareness nightmare that is the MiG 21 I can “read” the readouts from most instruments depending on the direction the needle shows, But dialing in the QFE was impossible, I had to use a piece of flat land to match the barometric and radar altimeter readouts.
This might get better when I find out how to assign the zoom slider in VR and some day get a better graphics card.
What are some unmissable games (gems) in VR? I already have IL-2 BoS and Dirt Rallye and will try them out shortly. The Star Trek Bridge game looks tempting, and my inner trekkie will only resist for so long. But what else is out there?