You can skip all the lather below of course, but the basic question is:
[I think I posted this to the wrong forum - Hangar Talk? How to move it? Un-regard, got it…]
Does it seem like the older you are the more you prefer VR over a 2D, high-res monitor? Just a tendency I think I’ve observed, and am curious about.Over the last couple of years, since VR established itself, I've watched many opinions fly concerning VR vs High-res 2D screens. Won't regurgitate it all (if you're reading this then you've seen it yourself). Off the top of my head though:
- It’s too low-res
- It’s too slow (FPS), and the resultant disadvantage that might have to a player in a competitive context
- It’s too uncomfortable
Yes, to all the above, but…It ain’t that bad, is it? I’ve waited for this tech for, literally, decades…
For me, I don’t care how pretty it is (2D monitor), no VR, no interest. VR is just good enough to me. I’ve been strictly a PC Flight sim guy since the 80’s. I’ll be VR’g [mostly] happy in my low-res, 3D, 1:1 head-to-view ratio device til, well, til I guess I can’t afford the equipment upgrades anymore. Even if this is as good as it ever gets in VR. I have an O+ and have tweaked it such that I could even live with that resolution (PPD) at 180-degree FOV.
So, it seems to me, and this is a large WAG: younger simmers tend to prefer the Hi-Res, 2D experience over VR, as it currently exists anyway. Is the lower FPS really the Big Deal? I find low FPS annoying too, but, hey…
I’ve been putting up with a reduction in performance every single time new tech comes out since I played Strike Eagle (wireframe graphics no less!) on my Tandy 1000. Feels like it took a LOT more imagination back then (to enjoy these virtual things) but, honestly, there was nothing before it so anything was cool.
I got deep into PC flight sims initially from the ‘bright idea’ that it would help me learn a large stack of IAP’s (had to memorize them, but only once) – “Hey, I’ll just fly the darn things in FS…” - the original, flat-earth 4 color version. And no, I didn’t really need to use this method but, hey, it helped
I just see a trend here. I think. Or do I have it completely bass-ackwards…
Was wondering if anyone else has wondered the same. I don’t care what others prefer. I just want to see VR for this genre advance…while I’m young! The signs of a shift have been around for a while; sometimes I think this genre is too demanding (for various reasons) on gamers/simmers – ‘back in the day’ if you were a simmer you were also a computer-person too. You kinda had to be.
I recall having LAN-parties, circa 1992, (before I knew that’s what they were called) with a bunch of ‘geeks’; they’d haul all the gear in their cars to my place to play Flight of the Intruder. A majority of us were programmers to some degree (ASM, C/C++, etc), professionally or as a ‘hobby’ [me].