I was in Gouda around 15.00 hrs. The room was way back in a library.
Noone from Pimax was present. But Sweviver was there of course
The organizers wanted to show the HMDs at the VRdays in Amsterdam, but unfortunately that went awry at the last minute. Hence this opportunity. Most of the visitors were already gone. I could have started right away behind the two VRrigs.
There were 2 VR PCs. Both had 1080ti. Left one hed 5K+ and the right was the 8K. Different resolution.
Originally there were 2 games to be tested: project cars and skyrim. The 8K rig got problems with the lighthouse setup. Due to interference between the 2 lighthousesets, it was decided to just show 1 game on both sets: project cars.
I started with the 5K+. Controller: steeringwheel with forcefeedback. FOV: 150 degrees ‘normal’. No accessoires. Good headset. Plenty room for my glasses. Manually setting the IPD to 67.5. No problemo. Go. I noticed the smooth screen. The HMD with only the default strap felt very nice. Comfortable enough to play for a while, I guess. Unfortunately you only get 15 minutes for both the headsets.
I am not a sim player at all. Still I enjoyed the well detailed car. Not tried reading the gauges though. The surroundings were a little bit less detailed. The trees, the houses and hills/bridge/tunnels are oldskool design. After a few moments it was clear I should not be starting racesims at all. They are not something for me. I could still enjoy the scenery and a speedy passing of a bridge. Still noticable SDE if you tried, but you can’t see it during gameplay due to the immersion. The quality of the design for the ingame surroundings was substandard for nowadays capabilities in my opinion. The blue sky was really nice. No artifacts, no leak, no nothing disturbing.
8K: getting seated. Up till the first image, same as 5K. But right away I found the imagequality very annoying. Not the car itself. The car was very much OK. I heard different opinions at the location itself. But for me it was a downright turn off from the start. I still have to find words to describe what I saw. It was somewhat in the middle and to the right. On level with the audience and curbs to the right. Didn’t notice it to the left side of the screen. Looking up with the HMD didn’t make the spots go up. It stayed in position of the audience and the curbs. So it may well be the representation of the images of the game onto the diamond shaped pixel panels that annoys the hell out of me. Going forward driving some time on the track, it didn’t disappear. It wasn’t smooth. The rest was pretty much the same.
No motionsickness whatsoever on both HMDs.
Afterward I had a nice talk with some of the people there. Missed the chance to speak to Sweviver… I will make amends tomorrow, @SweViver , because I will come back to verify my first impressions. I hope they work out the issue with the lighthouses, so I can try the skyrim game. More to my liking.
Tomorrow back for my second impressions and meet Sweviver and some staff again and Axacuatl…