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Discussion in 'Virtual Reality' started by jbh110tdi, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. jbh110tdi

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    Joined: Aug 3, 2014

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    Location: Slamannan Falkirk

    so My youngest lad is looking for VR headset for his PC for his Christmas.

    now I know the games he wants to play. Job simulator being the top one.
    Ive seen the windows mixed reality head sets made by Dell, HP and others. are these any good?
    my lads only 7 so not looking to go daft. would love to get him the vive but having 3 growing boys and recently started my own business everything has a budget
  2. Ravenger

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    Joined: Jul 16, 2010

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    If you're on a budget the Windows MR headsets are pretty good. They are simpler to setup due to the inside out tracking system, but this does lead to problems where the controllers aren't tracked unless they're in view of the headsets. Compatibility with Steam VR is pretty good.

    The Oculus Rift has the best controllers currently available, and is one of the most ergonomic and comfortable headsets, but the external tracking system requires you to place the two (or for the best tracking three) USB3 tracking cameras around the room. Oculus has some of the best software exclusives on any VR platform.

    The HTC Vive is a great system, and the external tracking system doesn't require loads of USB3 ports, but the current controllers are not as good as the Rift's. The Vive also needs an add-on audio strap to give equivalent audio functionality to the rift (which has decent built in headphones, unlike the Vive)

    However if this is for a 7 year old you have to be careful and limit the amount of time spent in VR, as unlike adults their visual systems are still being formed. Too much VR may affect their visual development.
  3. Caracus2k


    Joined: Jan 27, 2009

    Posts: 3,988

    Here's a breakdown I did recently for wmr vs rift.

    Esssntially rift is better for roomscale but more expensive.

  4. w00dy85


    Joined: Feb 14, 2008

    Posts: 872

    First I must say I think a 7 year old is a little young for a VR headset, I have a 7 year old and a 5 years old. Both have used the headset, but for no more then 10 minutes at a time.

    I have the Dell WMR headset and main reason I bought it, was for my flight sim game battle of Stalingrad. Which works really well with the WMR headset and looks great, I also have no problem playing vive or rift games with my WMR headset. I have even setup a rift account to play the demos in the rift store, you just need to install some software called revive.

    About 4 months ago I was looking into getting a headset and I was looking at the Rift and the Lenovo explorer, after asking on a few forums and watching quite a few youtube videos. I decided on a WMR headset and I am really glad I picked it over the Rift. This is one of the videos which helped me decide.

    The best WMR headsets at the moment are the Samsung odyssey, Lenovo explorer and the Dell Visor. I managed to get my Dell headset from Dell for £279 including the controllers, it may also be worth looking on black Friday.
  5. amigafan2003


    Joined: Jan 18, 2008

    Posts: 13,996

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Young kids shouldn't be on VR really as their eyes haven't finished developing and it can lead to eyesight problems.



    I'm studying a Ph.D on the topic of VR: Integrated Delivery of Education and our ethics board has prohibited me from using participants below the age of 13 for the above reasons - I can link some academic papers that confirm longer term and probably permanent issues with eyesight (hard to be sure as the field is so new) if you're interested.
  6. aoaaron

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    Oculus Rift
  7. DONOHUE07

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    Joined: Nov 23, 2013

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    Location: Manchester

    In my opinion.
    •For deep pockets because of the addons, HTC Vive
    •Budget (but still excellent), WMR
    •Best overall, Oculus Rift

    I let my 6 my year old play Rec Room on my Rift (child account) for about an hour overall on weekend, he loves it. There are supposed concerns on letting kids play VR, until these have been verified of otherwise I would be hesitant in letting my son play anymore than 30min at a time.