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It is coming!

And now we wait.

Here is a thread with alot more about the Oculus Rift, Braught to you by Wist.

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Most of you will be dead or in a wheelchair by the time they make anything sao-likeish~ :misdoubt:

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Most of you will be dead or in a wheelchair by the time they make anything sao-likeish~ :misdoubt:

thank you sir you ruined my day :pinch:

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being weelchair bound will only give us more reason to play in a virtual world.

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Most of you will be dead or in a wheelchair by the time they make anything sao-likeish~ :misdoubt:

I'm not so sure about this, Sony is already in development for VR games. Besides with how fast technology is moving

it wouldn't surprise me if, like SAO, a VRMMORPG is released ~2020.

You guys hear about the Oculus Rift?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus_Rift

Now this is it! Along with the Euclideon engine and the Rifts stereoscopic 3d software, it will certainly make it look

and feel very real indeed, I don't think it's so far ahead as some believe. At least I hope so :big_smile:

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The second video was AMAZING... but virtual reality is still quite far from happening... because wearing huge goggles doesn't count xD So let's just enjoy the epicness of new graphics.

Anyway I'm afraid we'll need huge PCs to run that.

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The second video was AMAZING... but virtual reality is still quite far from happening... because wearing huge goggles doesn't count xD So let's just enjoy the epicness of new graphics.

Anyway I'm afraid we'll need huge PCs to run that.

Didn't you see the whole video? They explain that even with older pc's the unlimited rendering stuff takes no toll.

Also what do you mean by "huge goggles doesn't count"? I mean if that (rift) together with the

euclideon software isn't virtual reality then what is?? :confuse:

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Didn't you see the whole video? They explain that even with older current pc's the unlimited rendering stuff takes no toll. Also what do you mean by "huge goggles doesn't count"? I mean if that (rift) together with the euclideon software isn't virtual reality then what is?? :confuse:

Yes, and you believe them ? If you need the sickest graphic cards con the market just to play Crysis 3, and those guys say they can improve current games by a factor of 100.000 ... I'm afraid you need more power, no matter how you look at it.

What I mean about virtual reality is that it involves a physical presence on another world. Wearing some big goggles doesn't automatically create that effect of being present somewhere else. You need to take care about the audio, you need to take care about feelings, tactile stuff, feedback on your body... not only holding a controller... because if that's all we are going to get, I'll just forget about it.

If virtual reality doesn't make you feel you are there, what's the difference between that and watching a 3D movie or playing a 3D game? I want to FEEL the world.

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What I mean about virtual reality is that it involves a physical presence on another world. Wearing some big goggles doesn't automatically create that effect of being present somewhere else. You need to take care about the audio, you need to take care about feelings, tactile stuff, feedback on your body... not only holding a controller... because if that's all we are going to get, I'll just forget about it.

If virtual reality doesn't make you feel you are there, what's the difference between that and watching a 3D movie or playing a 3D game? I want to FEEL the world.

We get there in babysteps. I'll happily take my VR with goggles and all the VR improvements up until 'matrix' or 'SAO'. One step at a time my friend :wink:

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It gets here when it gets here I'm not going to wait for it :laugh:

The thought of it is amazing and I'll be there when it does come around :yes:

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Yes, and you believe them ? If you need the sickest graphic cards con the market just to play Crysis 3, and those guys say they can improve current games by a factor of 100.000 ... I'm afraid you need more power, no matter how you look at it.

What I mean about virtual reality is that it involves a physical presence on another world. Wearing some big goggles doesn't automatically create that effect of being present somewhere else. You need to take care about the audio, you need to take care about feelings, tactile stuff, feedback on your body... not only holding a controller... because if that's all we are going to get, I'll just forget about it.

If virtual reality doesn't make you feel you are there, what's the difference between that and watching a 3D movie or playing a 3D game? I want to FEEL the world.

thats what i am saying in other post but right now the prices ,ill rather buy console now

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If you need the sickest graphic cards con the market just to play Crysis 3, and those guys say they can improve current games by a factor of 100.000 ... I'm afraid you need more power, no matter how you look at it.

"Unlimited detail is a search algorithm that searches for one atom for every pixel on the screen. Because it functions in this way, the total volume of data is irrelevant and the algorithm’s speed depends on screen resolution instead of dataset size."

If it truly functions in this way, I believe it doesn't matter how good your computer is.

What I mean about virtual reality is that it involves a physical presence on another world. Wearing some big goggles doesn't automatically create that effect of being present somewhere else.

If virtual reality doesn't make you feel you are there, what's the difference between that and watching a 3D movie or playing a 3D game? I want to FEEL the world.

True, an actual Virtual world would be like the matrix, but still we rely very much on our vision to sense the world, however,

things like touch induced reality and smells is pretty far off i guess, but what i'm trying to say is that this is a lot more immersive

than a 3d movie, by far, and this is as far as we've come as of yet.

I want one anyway :big_smile:

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Haha wow this thread took off XD, thank you guys so much for all of your input and excitement. i think that the very first totally imerssive

experience maybe not full VR like ASO or .hack. but with a combination of these three technology's we already have,something close could be made.

if you can control a toy helicopter with your mind whats stopping us from playing a game with it? and since it already been explored its only only going to get better from here on out who knows. Heres another cool vid about controlling computer programs with your brain :D and this is from 2010 who knows what kind of stuff is out there that just hasn't been talked about that someone is working on its really fascinating :D

And to all the people being all pessimistic...why? we know this isn't going to happen tomorrow so stop bringing up silly details that wont matter when this is a thing :D

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And to all the people being all pessimistic...why? we know this isn't going to happen tomorrow so stop bringing up silly details that wont matter when this is a thing :D

I hope something like this does take off (especially in games), but I feel this is similar to voice recognition software in its reliability/responsiveness currently. In theory it's awesome, and it works to a degree, but it doesn't take many mistakes in-game before you rage quit and switch back to tranditional controls. Hopefully it continues to be refined.

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Didn't you see the whole video? They explain that even with older pc's the unlimited rendering stuff takes no toll.

Also what do you mean by "huge goggles doesn't count"? I mean if that (rift) together with the

euclideon software isn't virtual reality then what is?? :confuse:

No it isn't because you're just sitting on a chair with a controller in your hand, nothing different there. And the goggles only bring the screen close to your face, and you can view by moving your head.

Cool, but to me, VR would be exactly like SAO, and I know what you're thinking "VR is more than sao you dumb fanboy" well maybe but until that happens im just gonna sit back and relax.

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@Radii You're talking about the most advanced forms of VR, and although that is what we want, it won't get there without people actually supporting VR innovation. It's like asking for Star Trek ships and warp 9.9 without ever having gone to the moon. Besides, a 70 year wait is a long time ... you'll likely be extremely relaxed at that point, perhaps too relaxed if you get my drift :tongue:

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No it isn't because you're just sitting on a chair with a controller in your hand, nothing different there. And the goggles only bring the screen close to your face, and you can view by moving your head.

Cool, but to me, VR would be exactly like SAO, and I know what you're thinking "VR is more than sao you dumb fanboy" well maybe but until that happens im just gonna sit back and relax.

I can see where your coming from i to would be ecstatic for true SAO VR im sure a majority of people on the forum would :D But i believe that these are the initial steps into getting there and a combination of these devices together would be about as close as we can get right now. no it isn't "true" VR but it's the beginning :D Note the title of the thread "Comming" haha i didint say soon i just felt like showing people what is out there now.

:joss_stick:

@wist yea i know but its so exciting that stuff is out there that shows that there IS a way to do it im so looking forward to the future of VR gaming.

Most of you will be dead or in a wheelchair by the time they make anything sao-likeish~ :misdoubt:

And i don't think so im 19 now so i may not be in my best years by the time FULL VR is at its peak but im confident i will see it in my lifetime i mean 15 years ago a computer wasn't a common thing to find in someones household but now they are almost everywhere.

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And i don't think so im 19 now so i may not be in my best years by the time FULL VR is at its peak but im confident i will see it in my lifetime i mean 15 years ago a computer wasn't a common thing to find in someones household but now they are almost everywhere.

You're right, but the first electronic programmable computer was named 'Colossus' and was created in 1943 ... something to think about :wink:

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Personally the whole point of VRMMORPGs is I get to essentially live as another person in another world. As stated above I want to feel the world, for example when I'm bouncing off walls I want to feel the wind on my face and the the rush of adrenaline you get when you're active. Not to rain on anyone's parade (I feel like I'm raining on my own), I honestly don't know if technology can achieve everything to create "true VRMMORPGs". Certainly, the creation of VRMMORPGs would be a milestone in human history and we only get their by taking baby steps but I'll believe it when I see it. Maybe everyone can get rich and fund the VR research haha ;D

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Personally the whole point of VRMMORPGs is I get to essentially live as another person in another world. As stated above I want to feel the world, for example when I'm bouncing off walls I want to feel the wind on my face and the the rush of adrenaline you get when you're active. Not to rain on anyone's parade (I feel like I'm raining on my own), I honestly don't know if technology can achieve everything to create "true VRMMORPGs". Certainly, the creation of VRMMORPGs would be a milestone in human history and we only get their by taking baby steps but I'll believe it when I see it. Maybe everyone can get rich and fund the VR research haha ;D

To get what you (and practically any VR enthusiast) are truly after, the technology would have to exist that could manipulate the electric signals going to our brains. This might seem extremely far off now, but once the human brain has been understood to a greater degree, I can't see why this couldn't eventually be possible. Just a matter of time. How long is anyone's guess.

Now, going off topic a little ... if it was theoretically possible to do what I describe: placing us in a virtual world that is so realistic you couldn't tell it apart from the original (we would of course want true immersion right?), who's to say that this world isn't VR, and we're not all just playing a permadeath game which we will wake up from upon death. :pokeeyesout:

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To get what you (and practically any VR enthusiast) are truly after, the technology would have to exist that could manipulate the electric signals going to our brains. This might seem extremely far off now, but once the human brain has been understood to a greater degree, I can't see why this couldn't eventually be possible. Just a matter of time. How long is anyone's guess.

Now, going off topic a little ... if it was theoretically possible to do what I describe: placing us in a virtual world that is so realistic you couldn't tell it apart from the original (we would of course want true immersion right?), who's to say that this world isn't VR, and we're not all just playing a permadeath game which we will wake up from upon death. :pokeeyesout:

It probably IS just a matter of time, but it seems so far off that it appears to be impossible ;o;

INCEPTION. I read a book few years ago where VR was perfected, and the entire population deserted reality to live in another world. The society eventually crumbled because nobody was there to maintain it. Maybe I'm just too paranoid for my own good, but I worry. Next thing you know, they'll be inventing machines to turn virtual objects into solid, physical objects like in Katekyo Hitman Reborn.

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It probably IS just a matter of time, but it seems so far off that it appears to be impossible ;o;

INCEPTION. I read a book few years ago where VR was achieved, and the entire population deserted reality to live in another world. The society eventually crumbled because nobody was there to maintain it. Maybe I'm just too paranoid for my own good, but I worry. Next thing you know, they'll be inventing machines to turn virtual objects into solid, physical objects like in Katekyo Hitman Reborn.

Yeah that's the problem. If we manage to control what we see/feel/taste/touch to such a degree, we would likely make a world exponentially more enjoyable/satisfying than this one.

"a perfect human world. Where none suffered. Where everyone would be happy" (Agent Smith, The Matrix).

It's probably a valid worry ... but maybe not for our generation ^^ We'll see anyway.

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I've informed myself about the topic of VRMMORPGs too recently, and I've heard and read from a few sources that a prototype of full dive technology could already be available in about 20 years, IF the game developers are looking into it and investing in it. Personally, I'd love to see some technology similar to the NerveGear in the future. Though what I fear is, that when they will finally release a prototype, I won't be interested anymore.

It would be nice to have, but very unlikely, if you could throttle some of your thoughts in the VR, so you could change your age ingame to teenager-age again without you knowing that you're actually ~ 35-40 years old in the real world. But as I've already said, this is very unlikely (unfortunately).

Occulus Rift certainly is a step in the right direction, though there is still a long way to go. Until we reach a point, where the VR games feel like "dreams", fans of SAO won't be satisfied. With dreams I mean, that you can sit/lie still in the real world, but still being able to move, touch, smell, taste and hear everything in the virtual reality like it is when you are in a dream like state, while being connected to a social network and different servers to be able to experience this "dream" with others. Just like the matrix.

The more you think about it, the more unlikely the whole thing gets, however. Of course, we couldn't imagine that everyone would possess computers and mobile phones as we do it now some decades ago, but I think you can't compare VR games with electronic devices, really. Computers work with algorithms, objects, scripts, binary code and these sort of things. It's different with our body. Even if there is a little electricity flowing through our nerves and brain, it will still be a long way until we develop a platform that can convert brain signals into binary code and back for actual input for our brain. The whole idea seems just ridicoulus. Even if I'm crushing my own dream with it, there's no reason for being that optimistic. I am aware that we've developed astounding things already, that converts brain signals into actual orders, but the difficult part will be to turn this whole thing around, that something can give us input, instead of us giving output.

I have no doubts, that somewhere in the future, a system like SAO will exist, but we will have to leave that to our grand children.

Alright, I've already written enough. Sorry for this wall of text, maybe I'll edit a part here and there later.

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