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FA in DC? by Tbone
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MOVED: Fifth Matrix Film Announced! by Tbone
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Holiday Fun by Tbone
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Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S) by Tbone
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randomness by Jeyk
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Off Topic / Re: FA in DC?
« on: June 26, 2024, 11:35:10 pm »
Yup, I'm still here. I live off Duke St. Leaving next week on the 4th for a cruise, though! Lmk when you're around. My number is still the same.

VR Gaming / Re: 2024: New PC for VR!
« on: April 06, 2024, 12:22:30 pm »
My 3080 is still doing pretty well. The next upgrade I may look at would be the 5000 series, but it just depends on what Nvidia has to offer. I'm curious how AI may affect future upgrades...

News and Announcements / Re: Fifth Matrix Film Announced!
« on: April 06, 2024, 12:20:45 pm »
The fact that someone else is writing/directing makes me a little more hopeful that it will be a fresh story inside the Matrix universe. I can't imagine them wanting to keep going the Resurrections direction...

I would love for the franchise to get rebooted properly and encourage more Matrix games and content to be made.

Off Topic / Re: Holiday Fun
« on: March 01, 2024, 09:09:44 pm »
Bought myself a meta quest 3 for Christmas. Je suis le Matrix?
Nice! You should jump in for a round of Population:One!

Off Topic / Re: Holiday Fun
« on: December 27, 2023, 07:11:29 pm »
We should plan a trip to the nursing home to visit Broin!

VR Gaming / Re: Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S)
« on: November 27, 2023, 04:57:46 pm »
I will check out Pop: One.  Should I be searching for that on Steam, or the Meta marketplace?
It's free to play and cross-platform, so it comes down to your preference. If you plan on playing on standalone occasionally, I would recommend getting it on the Meta platform since your profile will persist between PCVR and standalone. I think your Steam profile would count as a different account.

I got it on the Meta platform since at the time it was cross-buy. Broin and Lithium got it on Steam.

VR Gaming / Re: Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S)
« on: November 24, 2023, 11:31:39 pm »
Jeyk, the cable I linked is the one I use. I like it because it also connects to a wall charger and, therefore, keeps my headset charged during play. Using other cables the headset's battery will slowly drain. I have noticed I get audio crackling if I go above 500 bitrate, which MAY have to do with the cable but may not. I'm still troubleshooting that one. Here's an article if you wanna do some research:

Lithium, Air Link will initially boot you into Meta's PCVR software and then you can load up SteamVR from there no problem. If you want to bypass Meta's software altogether, you'll need to buy Virtual Desktop on the Quest and then download the streamer software on your computer. Using that method you can boot up SteamVR without having to go into Meta's stuff first. Either way I've had no issues running SteamVR once connected.

My current contract ends Sunday. We'll have to start up some Pop: One again to test the new systems!

Off Topic / Re: randomness
« on: November 23, 2023, 03:10:32 pm »
NoCry gets no turkeys gwahaha!

VR Gaming / Re: Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S)
« on: November 23, 2023, 03:07:21 pm »
So I nabbed a Meta Quest 3 today, but was disappointed to see that I can’t access all the games I bought on the Rift, with the exception of Climb, which has “Cross Buy”. 

Is there any way I’ll be able to play my old Oculus library with this thing?  I’ve read that I may be able to with a link cable on my PC, but not entirely sure as it seems that what I’ve read refers to the Quest 2 - I figured you (or someone here in a similar jam) would have the skinny on this.
Yes, it's pretty easy to play all your Oculus library on the Quest 3. You have three options.

1. Link Cable. Personally this is what I use. The charging cable that comes with your headset is NOT a link cable, unfortunately. I use a third-party cable: . Plug it into USB 3 and your Oculus software should find the headset and get it set up for you. You connect via the Link interface on the Quest 3. Using this method you can really crank up the resolution and bitrate and get really high fidelity PCVR.

2. Air Link. Some people swear by wireless, so this is another option. The recommendation is to have a dedicated router for the Quest. You'll plug the router into your computer and then have the headset line of sight to the router. The better the router, the smoother your connection (6E is currently the top dog here). Personally I can tell a big difference in compression artifacts when using wireless over air, but it keeps getting better and better.

3. Virtual Desktop. Same setup as Air Link but using bought custom software to have more options and bypass Oculus' interface. Again, I just plug in with a cable so I can't really compare, but it's an option.

I use my Quest Pro mostly for PCVR. If you end up buying more standalone games, I recommend getting Quest Games Optimizer as it has profiles for each game that will greatly increase the fidelity/performance, especially with the extra headroom on the Quest 3. Let me know if you have any other questions!

VR Gaming / Re: Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S)
« on: October 30, 2023, 12:02:34 am »
Have you picked up the Meta Quest 3, T?
No, it's pretty comparable to the Quest Pro. Most who have tried both said that it's a side-grade and that, especially for PCVR, it's not worth it to upgrade. People only recommend switching from the Pro to Quest 3 if you mostly do stand-alone gaming since the Quest 3 has a better processor for that.

Off Topic / Re: randomness
« on: April 29, 2023, 10:40:26 pm »
Decided to login in to SWTOR today. Did the guild get disbanded?

Also, what's up?
After a period of inactivity leadership gets transferred to any active member left. I guess when there are no active members left it gets disbanded. I think last time I checked Nocry had ownership? I'm trying to remember what the situation was last time I logged in and caught up on the story expansions, but it's been awhile.

I've simplified a lot since first doing this. Got rid of vrperfkit since my current rig can handle better fidelity. I'm not supersampling with OTT as setting max resolution via Oculus seems to work fine. The biggest things to do are to take the slider all the way to the right in the resolution of the device and go to Oculus Debug Tool and raise the encode bitrate to 480+. I've also upgraded to the Quest Pro!

VR Gaming / Re: Quest 2 Link Best Settings (Finally Better Than Rift S)
« on: February 09, 2023, 11:38:32 am »
I made some additional slight changes. It was discovered that changing the encode resolution width to anything other than the render resolution width can create shimmering, so keeping it the same is better. I also updated my PC with a new CPU, RAM, etc. so tweaking some settings to reflect that.

I'm using the default 1.0x resolution at 90hz (3712x1872) and changed the encode resolution width to match (3712). I'm also experimenting with upping the refresh rate to 120hz (mostly for Pop One), but I haven't had enough testing to see if I'm keeping that setting).

VR Gaming / Re: New PC for Oculus Rift (Purchased!)
« on: December 01, 2022, 12:02:55 pm »
Long awaited update! For my 2019 build I was able to boot by messing with voltage settings in the bios, but I never could get it completely stable - especially when I upgraded my GPU to a 3080 in 2020. Finally now in 2022 I've upgraded my CPU, motherboard, and RAM again. I also got a new case, PSU, and cooler so...basically a new rig.

2022 System:

Motherboard: MSI Pro z690-a DDR4
CPU: Intel 13600k
Cooler: ID Cooling Frostflow x240 (liquid cooler)
GPU: Zotac 3800 Trinity
RAM: Teamforce 16x2 3200mhz DDR4
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow
PSU: MSI MPG A850 GF Gaming
Drives: 500GB m.2, 250GB and 1TB SSD, 4TB HDD
PCIe: Anker USB 3.0 expansion card, OKN Wifi 6E AX5400

I do a lot more work on my PC now, and this rig is great at both gaming and as a workstation!

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