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New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston 41

An anonymous reader writes "The last time we saw Valve's prototype VR headset, which they said was built to the spec that could be found in a consumer product by 2015, it was a using an 'inside-out' tracking approach where a camera mounted on the VR headset tracked markers placed all over the walls and ceiling of the demo room. This week, at a VR meetup in Boston, Valve had a new prototype to show, featuring an 'outside-in' tracking approaching where a single camera trackings IR-LEDs built into the case of the VR headset, much like the forthcoming Oculus Rift DK2. Valve's latest prototype is thought to be using two 1080p displays in portrait orientation, compared to a single 1080p display in the Oculus Rift DK2."
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New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston

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  • DOA (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Monday June 02, 2014 @08:39PM (#47151215)

    All these headsets are dead on arrival. Just like the virtuaboy was. Why do these always fail?

    This is why: []

    One lonely dude sitting in the corner by himself. He can't interact with those around him... if his mom tells him to come to dinner he likely cant hear her and he definitely cant see her so he'll finally find out she's pissed when she slaps the headset off his head.

    VR will become a thing when they figure out how to put the display free form in the air in front of you... or the headsets are transparent like Google glass. As long as they resemble the blast helmet Luke Skywalker used to practice Jedi magic, there is no chance these will become truly popular.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.