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  1. £89?! Balls. The 3m Anker is really annoying me though so I may end up going for it. Tried numerous extensions but none have worked for me. Currently installing LambdaVR so I can play HL, or at least try it. This is my first foray into sidequest but it seems ok so far, nothing too scary.
  2. Tested guys got an extended hands on and play with all available headsets, including the quest with link. Good news is they all work well, and they said it's awesome fun so far! No real spoilers or in game footage other than some stuff on the screen in the background. Looks awesome!
  3. It could be amazing for flight sims where you have a fixed real world HOTAS, as then you can have a pretty seamless experience as you can just reach out to hit switches and stuff and not worry about having to pick up another controller to get your 'hand' back.
  4. Yeah, it shows as the Quest selected as the audio source but it still just comes out of the laptop speakers. It's annoying as the Nvidia audio driver seems to re-install itself after every reboot so I need to uninstall it each time which is a pain! I checked out my settings but I'm on a Dell G7 and it appears it is switching correctly, it's brand new with an i7 9750 and a GTX2070 MQ so I had hoped it would cope fine. It does really, I think I maybe just expected too much with No mans sky. I guess being in VR makes you notice when the textures are a bit flat looking! I need to try Asgards wrath or a similar 'designed for VR' game I think to appreciate it. I played John Wick last night for a bit, it was good fun but I felt the tracking wasn't quite right for the controls which made aiming almost impossible, and throwing grenades just ended up with it limply falling at your feet and killing you....which was fun. Absolutely though, it's great functionality for a beta, but there are a few areas to clear up. I bought this laptop as soon as the HL Alyx announcement was made, but I can see myself ending up with a dedicated PC headset by the time it actually comes out! Link is great but I can't help but feel it's not quite 100% of the experience it could be.
  5. Yeah you don't need virtual desktop or revive with the link cable, just install steam vr and you should be able to launch it from oculus pc home as an app, then it loads up steam vr home. Definitely agree it all feels a bit janky just now. My audio keeps switching back to the laptop and the only way I can get it back is uninstalling the Nvidia audio drivers and rebooting. Interesting about the GPU, I'm also running on a laptop and felt that no man's sky looked a bit pants, wonder if it's trying to use the Intel GPU as well?
  6. So excited for this, haven't really got deep into a game world since Half life 2 and the episodes, and have recently been getting into VR with the quest so this is just perfect timing. So much so I've just ordered a new gaming laptop to play it on.... Oops. Now just to wait till March! I really can't wait to be in city 17 with the immersion VR offers, and the fact it's a similar length to HL2 just makes it even better.
  7. Well after my first weekend playing I'm sold, it really is awesome! I had a PSVR briefly a year or 2 ago and this is much nicer, and so much easier to jump in to! I also found I had little to no nausea whereas the PSVR left me feeling a bit sweaty and sick after 30 mins playing. I played through Vader Immortal which was good, although did just feel like a tech demo. The height of Vader though! Spent some time in Red Matter last night and it is enjoyable, the puzzles aren't too difficult and it is pretty. One thing I am struggling with a little bit though is finding the right balance of locomotion vs physically moving. I have a fairly large play space (about 10x8ft) but I kept finding myself backed up against a sofa or next to a wall as I just wanted to walk places since the immersion leads you into it. I really would love to play this in a gym hall or something and just fully walk around!
  8. Just caved after a few months of temptation for one of these, should arrive tomorrow, can't wait! Going to try Vader Immortal just because Star Wars, anyone experienced with Red Matter and End Space? Both look pretty epic! Also fancy the ISS simulator and the Apollo 11 experience, although the latter doesn't get great reviews on the Quest.
  9. Thats fair about this forum, and maybe it is a generalisation but I think for a lot of people that will be the case. The manufacturers don't always make it easy to fully turn all of that off so I'd be willing to bet a large majority of people haven't realised that they have 'sooper dooper motion smoothing, contrast increase, HD sharpness artefact enhancer' turned on.
  10. I actually really enjoyed the experience of watching this episode, I stuck the brightness up a little bit at the beginning and I never felt I was missing too much as I felt like it was a really immersive experience for the most part. A lot of the complaints will be down to the fact that most people will have all their TV 'optimisations' on by default, so the TV thinks it has a badly lit scene to improve and ends up making it a million times worse. There's a campaign by quite a few directors to get TV manufacturers to remove all that crap as it stops things being watched the way they were intended to be. I turned everything off on my TV as soon as I got it. The first 45 mins or so to me were just brilliant, tactics aside the shots of the Dothraki charging in with fireballs screaming across the sky above them gave me the chills, but following that up with the rest of the characters watching the flames extinguish and be consumed by the darkness, and showing the realisation that what was coming was pretty much unstoppable was a really powerful scene I think. The fact that all the battle hardened characters were pretty much broken mid way through the battle also showed the enormity of what they were facing, so I think that part was well done. I guess it was after that point where things started to turn a bit and you began to wonder how anyone was still alive, save a few side characters dying. I managed to continue watching without questioning too much but in hindsight after reading all the main gripes people have it has changed my opinion a little bit, and it made me realise that I was thinking the same things at certain points - how did Jon survive all the dead rising and surrounding him? Why did Dany just sit there on her dragon whilst the dead were clambering over it? When Arya did her bit I did think that surely it couldn't be as easy as that, I felt like that could have been done a lot better, and nothing was explained really about the night king. I think ultimately they have pushed themselves too hard to try and conclude everything in only 6 episodes, which means we maybe don't get to see everything play out in as much detail as we've come to expect before now, which is a real shame. George RR Martin has played a blinder though, he can now get feedback on everything people don't like about the way this is going and change it all for the books, and claim that it was the way he always intended it!
  11. Yeah I had to play about a bit with levels and contrast etc, I shot in raw so it was all done in the raw import into photoshop! What lens are you using? That was shot at f/1.7 so it's wide open which helps make the most of the little available light! That and a fair whack of luck!
  12. Yeah it is, you can actually see it with the naked eye sometimes up here, we are in the countryside and beyond my back garden there actually isn't any major settlement to speak of until the coast of Dumfries and Galloway which is about 150 miles away! I need to try again with a wider lens and a moonless night and see what I can resolve.
  13. Good to see this thread is still thriving! I kind of lost interest in photography for a few years, but had a go at some stars last night with the meteor shower. Nothing amazing but I can see how people get addicted to it, pulling out the extra stars the sensor has picked up in post is amazing! I need a wider lens though, these were on my 20mm f/1.7 Panasonic. Sandford Stars by Ewan Harwood, on Flickr Sandford Stars by Ewan Harwood, on Flickr Sandford Stars by Ewan Harwood, on Flickr
  14. That was a quick turnaround, I had no idea what you meant when you said you'd asked Frankie, now I know! Thats good to know though, looks like I may need to put the camera somewhere else then! It's not a massive room and the sofa faces the wall where the screen is, so I'm not sure what will be best. I think I'll maybe put the camera on a tripod, that way I can move it around depending on what I'm playing. I guess 90% of the time I'll be playing alone so i'll just have the projector off, it's just if I've got mates round or something. Everyone I've mentioned to now wants a shot as well, so that could be a likely scenario to begin with!
  15. Ah that's a good point, although my couch is facing the screen so figured it would be better there so I could sit as well. Do most people stand? How long is the cable?
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