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View Poll Results: Do You Use the VR Abilities of Your Idol 4S Windows?

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  • Yes! I dive as much as I can.

    3 20.00%
  • Yeah, I'm sort of into it and I like it.

    1 6.67%
  • Meh, I can take it or leave it.

    2 13.33%
  • Nope, haven't really bothered with it.

    5 33.33%
  • Heck NO! Get this off my phone.

    4 26.67%
  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I have a feeling this is going to come up overwhelmingly "meh" as a response. Let's see.

    Idol 4S Windows comes with VR bundled in. Yes, we all know that W10M doesn't have the most VR Apps and the selection is limited. Thoughtful observes may have noted that Microsoft looks poised to go all in with AR (Augmented Reality) and/or MR (Mixed Reality) across their platforms. Hopefully, W10M will get in on it and our Idol 4S rigs will be poised to take advantage.

    Do you use the VR? Do you like it? Do you think the headset is good? Do you think the phone is built well enough for it?

    Do you use it a lot? How often?

    Do you show it off to friends and family?

    Do you hope we see more Apps for VR/AR/MR coming in a big wave after Creators Update and beyond?

    Are you a VRHead?

    Tell us what you think about the VR situation on W10M and with the Idol 4S Windows in particular.
    03-13-2017 01:49 PM
  2. dorelse's Avatar
    I have some work to do to get over getting sick from it...but I does look like it could be fun.
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    03-13-2017 03:21 PM
  3. dov1978's Avatar
    I'm a self confessed gadget geek and love trying the next big thing or possible next big thing but can honestly say I've never tried VR full stop. I'm really interested but still waiting to see of its going to stick around and be a thing. It's probably safe to say it is given all the big tech firms starting to invest heavily with upcoming products (Hololens, Samsung GearVR, PlayStation, Xbox etc etc) but I've got 3 3D TV's in my house that we're going to be the next big thing too but haven't been used for that purpose in a few years.
    I'll probably jump on board with the next XBox (Project Scorpio) unless I get a free headset with an upcoming phone purchase
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    03-13-2017 03:54 PM
  4. JoshuaLycan's Avatar
    I think I've only used the VR once, when I first setup my phone. VR is cool, but not something I'm terribly into on any platform. :)
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    03-13-2017 04:08 PM
  5. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Hell to the NO!! I prefer Chivas Regal to make me that dizzy.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
    03-13-2017 06:44 PM
  6. editguy's Avatar
    Hell to the NO!! I prefer Chivas Regal to make me that dizzy.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
    I actually prefer nothing that makes me dizzy. I tried it, even though I knew it would. It's funny, I can ride the wildest roller coasters and they don't make me the least bit queasy, but certain video games (going all the way back to Wolfenstein and Doom) will leave me nauseated for hours.

    BTW, you're too young to be retired.
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    03-13-2017 07:13 PM
  7. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    I like VR, but no Idol 4S sadly.

    side note: I upgraded my desktop computer for VR. I just need to get a VR kit.
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    03-13-2017 07:42 PM
  8. fatclue_98's Avatar
    BTW, you're too young to be retired.
    It's not the age, it's the mileage.
    03-13-2017 07:43 PM
  9. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    It's not the age, it's the mileage.
    True true. City mileage is hard on you, as opposed to highway mileage.
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    03-13-2017 07:57 PM
  10. Chubbynaga's Avatar
    I have it and tried the VR. It's underwhelming due to limited content. You can sample and watch 360 videos from Youtube. Yes, low framerate will make anyone dizzy. It's an issue plaguing all AR and VR that requires developers to get their framerate up and apply good practices.
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    03-13-2017 08:54 PM
  11. mbrooks78's Avatar
    I tried it once for about 10 minutes and felt nauseous for a while after (at least an hour). I pulled it out again about a week ago and after about 30 seconds felt dizzy. I'm done. I hope high end 90fps wont make me feel that way. I would eventually like a rift or vive.
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    03-13-2017 09:08 PM
  12. RockStarNinja's Avatar
    When I got the idol it was a nice plus to get the VR but ultimately it's a waste of time and space. I tried it in the first week and almost puked after abt 30 minutes. It probably would have been better if there were directions on how to use the VR but I spent the whole time trying to just orient myself to the system, and by the time I figured it out I was super dizzy. Since then I've pulled it out once for a friend to try and then it went right back in the box and that's where its been for months.
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    03-13-2017 10:51 PM
  13. dorelse's Avatar
    When I got the idol it was a nice plus to get the VR but ultimately it's a waste of time and space.

    Since then I've pulled it out once for a friend to try and then it went right back in the box and that's where its been for months.
    Pretty much what Michael Fisher said during his review too.
    03-14-2017 07:07 PM
  14. sd4f's Avatar
    I can't help but feel that the VR thing is going to go like 3D TV's, that is not very far.

    I've seen potential applications for it in business (i.e. construction industry where they do site walk throughs and layout plans for site ergonomics), but not entirely sure it's really useful as opposed to current alternatives.

    The only potential reason I'd use it is to watch stuff in bed, lying down. I suppose you could get 3D content as well that way, but it's neither here nor there.
    03-14-2017 08:01 PM
  15. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I can't help but feel that the VR thing is going to go like 3D TV's, that is not very far.

    I've seen potential applications for it in business (i.e. construction industry where they do site walk throughs and layout plans for site ergonomics), but not entirely sure it's really useful as opposed to current alternatives.

    The only potential reason I'd use it is to watch stuff in bed, lying down. I suppose you could get 3D content as well that way, but it's neither here nor there.
    I can't see VR doing anything that BIM or Revit isn't doing now.
    03-15-2017 11:43 AM
  16. Spencejah's Avatar
    No, because I cant get past the frickin startup screen

    Edit: Finally got it to work, but when trying to view VR videos through the browser, it doesn't work. Works with the pre-installed apps tho
    Last edited by Spencejah; 03-15-2017 at 06:30 PM.
    03-15-2017 06:05 PM
  17. mbrooks78's Avatar
    Originally posted by Spencejah
    No, because I cant get past the frickin startup screen

    Edit: Finally got it to work, but when trying to view VR videos through the browser, it doesn't work. Works with the pre-installed apps tho
    Lucky you. Save yourself the nausea or spin around in circles real fast as an alternative.
    03-15-2017 07:04 PM
  18. RumoredNow's Avatar
    ...or spin around in circles real fast...
    I've come to the conclusion I need a stool that swivels 360º to really take advantage.


    So, to answer my own questions.

    Do you use the VR? Do you like it? Do you think the headset is good? Do you think the phone is built well enough for it?
    I do use the VR. I do like it. I think the headset is a great value bundled in like it is. Way better than a generic fits any phone I tried. Zero light bleed, comfortable, adjustable, good field of view, exposes the camera for AR and when you leave that cover off it also helps combat heat build up. I like the way the phone runs the VR. I think it does very well indeed. The screen being "only" 1080p doesn't bother me. I don't see pixelation and maybe that is because I'm not scrutinizing for it.

    Do you use it a lot? How often?
    I dive as much as I can. It's not my primary hobby, but I manage a few hours every now and then. I'll likely do more in future rather than less.

    Do you show it off to friends and family?
    Sure thing. It's a cool toy and people seem to like it.

    Do you hope we see more Apps for VR/AR/MR coming in a big wave after Creators Update and beyond?
    Yes please. I really hope that W10M doesn't get left out of the "weaponization" of VR/AR that is going on now. Apple is pretty far behind until they find a way to "invent" VR so their platform can uber-monetize it and charge obscene amounts. Microsoft has a chance to push something forward here and I was really happy to see Alcatel bring their Idol series VR over here.

    Are you a VRHead?
    Why yes, I am. Maybe you should check it out...

    Tell us what you think about the VR situation on W10M and with the Idol 4S Windows in particular.
    Obviously there are not as many apps for VR on W10M as there are on Android. I hope that changes. Fibrum is a pretty big player and I'm glad they came over with Alcatel. They are very well represented in the Store. Let's have more of that. I'd like to see more apps come over on the Bridges... Fulldive would be a great addition so we have another launcher.

    For the Idol 4S Windows, the only real complaint I have is being unable to add VR apps to the in-house launcher. That is a bummer.
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    03-16-2017 12:31 PM
  19. Sedp23's Avatar
    Nope i got 2 of them and only used those goggles once I'm gonna sell them on eBay honestly probably

    Sent from Idol 4s
    04-08-2017 01:04 PM
  20. RumoredNow's Avatar
    ...only used those goggles once I'm gonna sell them on eBay honestly probably...
    They only fit 3 phones properly. The Idol 4S Android and the Idol 4S Windows both come with the headset and who needs two for one phone?

    IMHO, you should put them on Android Central and Crackberry Marketplace forums and look for DTEK 60 users who might want one.

    I'd think $30 shipped sounds about right.
    04-08-2017 03:06 PM
  21. nate0's Avatar
    I'll chime in here. Still unopened and unused. Never tried vr at all. Never been curious enough to buy my own and that's not why I bought the Idol.
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    04-08-2017 10:56 PM
  22. nate0's Avatar
    They only fit 3 phones properly. The Idol 4S Android and the Idol 4S Windows both come with the headset and who needs two for one phone?

    IMHO, you should put them on Android Central and Crackberry Marketplace forums and look for DTEK 60 users who might want one.

    I'd think $30 shipped sounds about right.
    Ya. @Sedp23. Donate the earnings to Cerulean on indiegogo ;).

    Plug!

    #ThisIsOurMoment
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    04-08-2017 10:59 PM
  23. Mmazeo's Avatar
    Tried it once a couple of days after purchase and actually forgot it existed until I saw this thread, lol.
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    04-09-2017 08:26 PM

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