HTC hinting at Ver 2?

Discussion in 'VR & Head-Mounted Displays' started by Hakaba, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. sharknice

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    This one will too, it just won't be as bad as the current Vive.

    Even if it was 8k there would still be a screen door effect to some extent. If you look hard you can see it on LCD and OLED monitors and TVs because there are spaces between the pixels, you just get used to it.
     
  2. Hakaba

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    To be honest the SDE of the Vive only bothers me initially when playing games, or when I focus on it. But when I am immersed in a game like Elite Dangerous, I do not really notice it anymore.
     
  3. Iratus

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    Shame that they haven't done anything about the weight and thickness of the pad. It's summer here in Australia, 46 degrees (113) the other day. Too f'ing hot for VR.

    It'll still be a day 1 purchase for me. Hopefully it'll be high enough res to read the labels on DCS and I suspect that the menu bluriness issues in Elite will finally be properly sorted (it's better but still not ideal)
     
  4. Dayaks

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    You can get different pads but I don't think that'll help.

    There's been a recent invention... it's amazing. Like god's hand. It's only like $200 to go with your $3,000-4,000 VR setup!! Makes it the perfect temp ALL the time!

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  5. dr.stevil

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    So rumors currently indicate $350 for the stand alone headset in Q1 and $799 for a bundle with 2.0 lighthouses and wands later in the year. I could stomach upgrading at that price point, but wish they offered some sort of trade-in/upgrade program. The OG Vive without the wands and lighthouses is pretty much worthless :\

     
  6. jbc029

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    Because SS is only for anti-aliasing. If the native resolution of the display is high enough that you don't need software to guesstimate what a pixel should look like, then you should turn down the SS. Keeping it at the same 8x is absolutely getting into diminishing returns territory because the amount of visual information conveyed by an individual pixel, as density increases, becomes less and less.
     
  7. swiftwind

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    That makes sense. I'll try to play with other settings first before using SS.

    As for my question though - do you recommend getting the headset upgraded or the GPU first?

    Thanks!
     
  8. jbc029

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    A lot of it depends on what you're playing now. If you're playing titles now that you can't run 2xSSAA because it's too taxing, then you'll probably need to upgrade your gpu first. I say that because if you can run everything with 2xSSAA, then after the display update, simple running native resolution with no SSAA will be about the same aliasing quality. If you can only run native resolution with no SSAA *now* in something you enjoy, then you won't be able to run native after the upgrade. You'll most likely have to upscale a lower resolution (like Vive 1.0 resolution) to keep your stable framerate or rely on dynamic resolution scaling.

    It's like when you upgrade your physical desktop monitor from 1080p to 1440p or 4k. You can still run 1080p on the higher resolution monitor, and the image *is* clearer and more detailed. However, the "greater detail", due to the lower render resolution, basically ends up clearly showing you the limits of geometry detail at 1080p. It's not a matter of the image being worse. It isn't, because it's exactly the same as it was. The difference is now you'll be able to actually tell that it could be so much better.

    Removing or minimizing the "screen door" effect is going to reveal how simple the geometry is in a lot of VR titles. That's not a bad thing either, just evolution of the platform.
     
  9. swiftwind

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    So currently I use a GTX1080 and play most VR games on high. The SDE is definitely there but it only bothers me when trying to look at small objects, text or trying to look at anything at a distance. That's why I mentioned using SS because it seems to really help with that stuff.

    That's why I was asking if it's worth upgrading to Volta first so I can run at higher resolutions or if the GTX 1080 will perform just fine on the Vive pro with better VR visibility.
     
  10. Iratus

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    Steel roof, shit insulation, underpowered aircon. There’s a 3.6kw wall unit literally blows in my face while I play but the room will still be 34 degrees+ on a hot day. Tried it with the ceiling and a pedastal fan blowing as well but I still sweat the pad through.

    Saving to remodel, put in ducted air and extend the house when i’ll fix it all. That’s a ways more than $200 sadly.

    Back on topic if it really is $350 that’d be awesome
     
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  11. LurkerLito

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    Personally I look forward to about this level of SDE change:
    https://www.hardocp.com/news/2016/11/26/pixelrich_vr_display_eliminates_screen_door_effect
    The current Vive is around 456ppi the new one should be around 615ppi so that article link with the image should be a close approximation as to the quality you will see in the new Vive pro headset. I think for me if it is $350 I'd go for it first over a new Volta card. Though the Ti version of the Volta card won't be released till 2019 most likely and I think I'd go for that rather than the regular 1180 version they release this year?

    I don't see it mentioned but I am guessing it doesn't have the eye tracking feature?
     
  12. noko

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    $350 - buy as soon as I can get it! Should hold over until next generation sets hit, hopefully next year.
     
  13. Dayaks

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    $350 is an instant buy for me too...

    I imagine this is probably the "next gen"
     
  14. swiftwind

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    According to upload VR - "An HTC representative told us the system should have the same minimum specifications as the current Vive". Whew.
     
  15. Desert Fish

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    Pixels per area on it's own has very little to do with how apparent SDE is. It's the size of the gaps between physical (sub)pixels that's important. And that's harder to improve AFAIK.
     
  16. Youn

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    can't they diffuse the lenses to close any visible gaps though? seems at a certain point that would be effective enough, at least until pixel density/fill is high enough that it's not needed...

    also, retinal projection... is it not the future and does it not have zero screen door effect? what's the problem using that tech over 2d cellphone screens?
     
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    You can't evenly diffuse the entire screen through a lense, but you could probably add a layer on the screen that does something.

    I remember reading about a headset meant for movie watching that did something to remove the screen door effect, but it didn't use oled.
     
  18. Desert Fish

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    I remember people experimenting with films on Rift dev kits. Not sure what they used, but some were very pleased with the results. The downside was that it made things look even fuzzier. With some tweaks, perhaps a film made specifically for the display, I'm sure a good trade-off can be found.
     
  19. sharknice

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    Yeah it's going to be either blurrier or have more of a screen door effect. The only way to get rid of both is higher resolution.

    Unless they come out with some new panel tech that allows them to stack the sub pixels.
     
  20. Etherton

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    Considering this HTC announcement... what would the going rate for a used Vive go for? Might pick one up.
     
  21. Krazy925

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    Somewhere between $450-$500 currently in the Bay Area of California (Craigslist).

    Surprisingly we only have 2 for sale.
     
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  22. Etherton

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    Don't suppose anyone [H] is considering selling theirs? PM me.
     
  23. bobzdar

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    I don't know that you'll get much use out of just the headset - most that have one and are upgrading will keep the lighthouses and the controllers. You'd have to find somebody that's selling the whole system, not somebody upgrading.
     
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  24. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun Pick your own.....you deserve it.

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    I've been thinking about this as well. I looks like the only benefit of the new lighthouses is a larger tracking area so I'm guessing most people will keep theirs and just get the new headset and the headsets are useless without the controllers and lighthouses so I wonder how much market value a used headset would be. Of course a lot of that will be driven by the cost of the new headset which the rumor above in this thread is saying $350, so a used V1 headset would probably be tough to sell for more that a couple hundred if that I'm guessing.
     
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