Oculus Take Over? – Getting to VR
You’ll probably have heard about running into the problem of the Oculus app taking over the device when you plug it into the Gear VR unit. That is a problem with Cardboard and some other apps. With Stream Theater isn’t a problem. Just start Stream Theater while holding the phone in your hand.
You’ll get a screen telling you to place the phone in the headset. Do so. You’ll see a NVIDIA screen that lets you select the computer you want to connect to. Only computers with GameStream running will show up.
If GameStream has no games setup on the PC side, you are done. I have Obduction®, a Cyan Worlds game. (Great fun and VR.) So, the Theater starts that game. With an SL Viewer running I let Obduction start then quite it. The Theater doesn’t notice.
If you mistakenly have the phone’s WiFi off, you’ll get a scary JAVA error. Turn WiFi on and restart the Theater.
Next, you’ll see the Theater. There are several to choose from. Also at the top of the screen, there are controls so you can get to the Theater’s controls/menus. The various theaters are about how to display the streamed content. Use the Gear’s touchpad to scroll to the VR theater. Swipe forward and backward. I’m still playing with the controls, so I’m not in a place to teach you how to use the controls. I’m still stumbling my way through. Just know it is a combination of look-at and touchpad.
In the image above, you’ll see I have the duel image for VR-3D. But, all I get is my computer screen. Which is very neatly floating in 3D space. But, the SL image is the standard 2D image. I suppose it is kinda neat… for about 5 minutes. Also. This screen capture does NOT show the ‘screen’ pattern I see in the headset.
I’m not sure, but I think this is the same thing one gets with vorpX (US$40). A 2D SL in a 3D-VR space… not that exciting.
But, I consider this progress.
I hear Doom, an OpenGL game, runs in vorpX. Much fiddling and a big geek hat are needed, but it actually runs in VR mode and makes those prone to motion sickness puke. Oh yeah… nauseate me…