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Old 09-12-2019, 06:31 PM   #1
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It is VR headset decision time and I know many of you who use VR have been down this path and use VR for the same things I do (DCS/flight sims and driving sims mostly). So any comments appreciated and welcome. I, like most of you, want all the fundamentals - good resolution, as little SDE as possible etc. In addition my personal considerations are:
- Works with all existing SteamVR games
- No WMR based solution
- Money is not an issue
- High Quality audio

Given that I live in Canada and Index does not ship to first world countries I think that leaves me with a choice between Rift S and Cosmos. Cosmos seems to certainly have better specs but it has not been seen in the wild yet. So my choices are pre-order Cosmos, buy Rift S, or continue to wait until some real Cosmos reviews come out once it is released.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:09 PM   #2
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Well you are right, either Cosmos or Rift S.

Cosmos is new and not out in the wild yet, so no one knows if it will have some early bugs like the others have had. But it should certainly at least based on specs provide a better experience than Rift S.

Having said that, man I love my Rift S. Not the best for resolution, but better than my CV1 was, and I can run DCS on reasonably high graphics settings and get a very good experience. Don't have to lower my settings way down just to be able to not have stutters.
I do not know your system specs but that can play a large part also.

Rift S is very easy to set up, pretty much plug and play. And the dang thing just works great every time, no faffing about so I spend way more time flying than tinkering. Also tracking is great, along with the Touch Controllers.

One caveat: Audio strap is crap IMHO on Rift S. It has a headphone jack also thankfully. I use earbuds with mine and the sound is great. So if you care about good audio you will need either earbuds or headphones.
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Valve Index comes to mind.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:30 PM   #4
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Your list rules out the Reverb (which I would say is the best in terms of visual quality) and the Rift_S based on the audio requirement.

The Index isn't available and the Cosmos remains an unknown, so a bit of a gamble.

Intrigued why no WMR, I think that is limiting your options given the above!
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Valve Index comes to mind.
Not in Canada it seems!
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There are companies that will ship from USA to Canada. But the easiest way would be to go with the Rift S if you are not planning to do roomscale VR. Minimal difference in resolution, best bang for the bucks at present.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:53 PM   #7
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It is VR headset decision time and I know many of you who use VR have been down this path and use VR for the same things I do (DCS/flight sims and driving sims mostly). So any comments appreciated and welcome. I, like most of you, want all the fundamentals - good resolution, as little SDE as possible etc. In addition my personal considerations are:
- Works with all existing SteamVR games
- No WMR based solution
- Money is not an issue
- High Quality audio

Given that I live in Canada and Index does not ship to first world countries I think that leaves me with a choice between Rift S and Cosmos. Cosmos seems to certainly have better specs but it has not been seen in the wild yet. So my choices are pre-order Cosmos, buy Rift S, or continue to wait until some real Cosmos reviews come out once it is released.
If money isn't an issue, you can always get an Xtal.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:15 PM   #8
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Hands on preview with the Cosmos:

https://www.roadtovr.com/htc-vive-co...ds-on-preview/
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:59 PM   #9
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I was warry of WMR too. I took the plunge and ordered a Reverb. I found the set up to be simple and usage is no more involved than it is using my Rift S aside from Steam starting up.

It's superior to the Rift S and the picture and SDE are excellent.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:14 PM   #10
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Some very worthwhile points made:

Don, Supuma… you have rightfully pointed out why I have just not gone directly ahead and pre-ordered the Cosmos. I know that while the specs initially turned me off the Rift S that many people, including yourselves it seems, are very happy with it for DCS. Hence my slight momentary dilemma

Baldrick… yes, a gamble indeed. In regards to WMR, I tend not to get involved in foundational technologies that I have no long term confidence in.

Eagle - Xtal, still don’t feel like I know enough for the uses I will put it to, but I wish the company all the luck in the world. I will follow closely

Re: Index not in Canada… Yes - Valve is good at software distribution but maybe not so good at hardware distribution
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