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Thursday, January 02, 2014


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Scarp Godenot

Interesting post. Thanks for the links. I love to speculate and think about the future of this stuff...


The Atlantic piece contains this telling line: "the rise of virtual reality will come not in a wave, but with a creep."

Agreed. I think the current buzz about Rift should be taken with the same grains of salt we needed for 1960s flying cars, lunar colonies, Picturephones, or, four decades on, Second Life as the next Internet.

The problem with the first two was that they were possible, but not affordable for mass adoption. Of course, we do have videophones now: I use apps for video chat with friends on occasion and professionally ever more often with each passing semester. But in that case, the software caught up with the hardware consumers were actually wanting to buy.

That's SL's and the Rift's dilemma. They are largely tethered to a desktop rig or powerful laptop. So The Rift might, say, become the next great accessory for console and PC gaming, but no way in heck will you see folks walking down the street with Occulus' blinders strapped to their foreheads.

At least the Rift, or whatever Rosedale invents, will not be burdened by stupidly high monthly tiers. Data-caps might make that argument moot; Verizon stopped laying FIOS around here in favor of wireless networks, and unlimited data plans seem to be a might-have-been dream.

High Fidelity interests me because Rosedale seems to be working on some sort of AR rig, if I read Hamlet's hints and teases correctly. Something you could wear to have co-presence, not a box on your head.


in the article linked Philip Rosedale mention 100ms as the gold standard for VR realtime. Is a bit less than this. Is 40ms at worst and 20ms is the sweet spot

the best test for this to have a band with the members at different locations playing together live. when it gets above 40ms then is quite noticeable for them as players and for the audience. When they are able to sit on 20ms then the band is able to stay tight

Dale Innis

So I anyone using it with SL yet? In a way that they can share? :) I got one as a gift, and keep finding all of these "coming soon" and "incomplete alpha" things, but not quite any "here is how you do it" things...

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