When I saw the Oculus Rift on KickStarter, my gut instantly told me to back it, and so was lucky enough to be around order 4700. I’ve had my Rift for a couple of weeks, it gives a great sense of scale, and my first reaction was wow! Shortly followed by, oh wow I feel incredibly sea sick…
The head tracking is very responsive, but currently not being able to lean does confuse your brain, so I found keeping a strict upright posture helps reduce the motion sickness. The biggest problem for me is the resolution, things at close range look good, but in the distance it’s like a scaled up NES game. The result is less detailed worlds work better, lots of lush foliage like in Far Cry and any on screen text ends up a pixelated mess. While I knew this when backing, my concern is the consumer version is going to need a truly amazing DPI screen for regular usage.
At the moment I am using my spare time to look at various foot control methods for the Rift, as standing in an immersive world but navigating with your hands just… feels wrong. Ultimately I have high hopes, the Rift does show that VR headsets can take gaming to the next level, and at the very least I hope developers pay more attention to 3D support so the alternatives like NVidia 3D Vision, will also work better 'out the box' for more games.
A friend lent me a blu-ray copy of 'Cabin In The Woods' horror movie, When trying to play it using AnyDVD and MPC, the playback order was scrambled.
Turns out there is a type of content protection where dodgy playlists are added. You have to use 'Navigate, Jump To' and try to pick the correct .mpls entry. Either take an educated guess ( shortest over an hour ) or look for a forum post.
I also decided to try some commercial alternatives: - PowerDVD 13 trial required registration, interface was more horrifying than the movie. - WinDVD 11 trial required registration, puts you on mailing list, tries to install a toolbar. - ArcSoft TotalMedia 5 trial, no registration, more than just a player, but I liked it.
None of them would play over my wireless HDMI link or if I was remotely connected, and would to disable aero during playback. So I will be sticking with AnyDVD.