I just got an HP Reverb G2 VR headset.
I had some difficulties setting it up, plus difficulties getting the controllers paired – and so on. Some of the information at this link will be helpful in overcoming problems you might encounter.
Source: HP Reverb G2 FAQs – Enthusiast Guide | Microsoft Docs
Since I normally use reading glasses, and the G2 has no diopter adjustment, you need to wear your reading glasses or contact lenses when using the system. So far, I have not had success using reading glasses inside the headset – this means I have used it without the reading glass correction – which means a bit much eye strain for now.
I have used the headset in conjunction with MS Flight Simulator in VR mode and this makes an already impressive simulator even better – and yes, it is in 3D then too. For now, the set up each time I launch is a bit time consuming but perhaps I will find some shortcuts.
I expect to have more comments on the G2 in the future. I have much to learn.
3D box office revenues have taken a steep dive, with box office sales at their lowest level in eight years. It may finally be time to say sayonara to those bulky tinted glasses.
I would be overjoyed on the day that 3D finally bites the dust. The tinted glasses overly darken the screen, and the rare effects that cater to the technology often only serve to make me woozy.
Source: 3D Movie Box Office Sales Hit Lowest Level in 8 Years
The reporter writes about films but when it comes to 3D, is a dufus – movie theater 3D glasses are light weight, clear, polarizing filters, not “bulky tinted glasses”. The reporter believes she is wearing tinted glasses when she is not – apparently does not understand the concept of polarized lenses. Since she does not like 3D (sample size n = 1), then no one should enjoy 3D. Wow. If she doesn’t like 3D, then she does not have to watch it, but alas, she wants 3D to be gone because no one should enjoy 3D 🙂
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The VOD service will also offer hundreds of 3-D titles for the first time, including “Spider-Man: Far from Home.”
Source: FandangoNOW is Now Offering 3-D Movies on Oculus VR Headsets | IndieWire
Delivers 4K stereoscopic live stream or 6k for post editing:
The Live Planet VR system may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but this stereoscopic, 16-lens camera and its associated cloud platform may be one of the best tools out there for live-streaming events in 360 degrees.
Source: Review: Live Planet VR live-streaming system: Digital Photography Review
I find VR “interesting” and enjoy doing occasional VR shooting. But viewing seems cumbersome with use of VR helmets versus wearing 3D glasses. So far, little VR has been shot in stereoscopic 3D – yet VR 3D is far more interesting to view than plain VR.
But with Gear VR not being compatible with Samsung’s newest flagship phone, and with Google announcing in May that the Pixel 3A wouldn’t support Android’s built-in Daydream platform, it’s hard not to think that phone-based VR may be on the decline.
Source: Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 10 won’t work with its Gear VR headset – The Verge
VR was sort of dead at CES 2019, sort of buried at E3 2019, and then Samsung and Google dropped out of the Cardboard-like phone-based viewer market. Paid VR content is said to be dead. IMAX said it is shutting down its VR theater offering.
Over the past six years since the Oculus Rift was introduced, the total number of VR users is estimated at 10 million – most of whom are video gamers.
I have three friends that are professional VR film makers, and one that has built a VR product for the dental industry. I get the dental product business model but do not get 2 of the 3 filmmakers’ business models.
A very few places are projecting VR video on to theater domes – this makes sense versus having everyone wear a large headset. But this is a far smaller market than was 3D.
I shoot VR myself, mostly still photos, that can be easily panned on Flickr or Facebook for 360 viewing without VR headsets.
VR was fading at CES 2019 – and it sort of seems that this might presage a collapse in 2020, similar to the path that was followed by consumer 3D (I shoot both 3D stills and video). VR remains stuck in gaming and is not being adopted by a wider consumer community. Proponents think it just needs better, new tech headsets.