Here Is How A Desktop Will Look In Virtual Reality

Here's How a Desktop Will Look in Virtual Reality

Good, desktop-compatible VR headsets are just about ready to ship to average consumers. In addition to all the demos of skydiving and porn, people are also going to want to use their Rifts as glorified web-searching machines, which will look a little something like this. There's already a few VR desktop solutions, but BigScreen is one of the more ambitious. It works with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and puts you inside a room with a big-arse 6.10m virtual monitor running your regular Windows desktop.

More interesting is the virtual collaboration: if you have multiple people running the software, it will put your avatars together in a virtual room with creepy floating heads, and positional audio. It's an interesting concept for remote work or multiplayer gaming especially, and probably a much closer alternative to reality than hanging out in an IRC channel.

A public beta was released this week, with finalised software coming in April. There will also be a version for Gear VR somewhere down the line, which will lower the barrier to entry from frighteningly expensive to merely ruinous.

[BigScreen via Upload]



    While it'll be sweet to sit in mad little virtual spaces, I really want a 'virtual surround desktop' for productivity.

    eg. 120x 50" curved virtual screen that covers a portion of the area in front of you, so I can have a bunch of crap open. I guess similar to something like having 6 monitors setup - only no visible breaks between screens - you could setup virtual grid lines to snap windows, etc. to though to make life easier.

    To give you an idea of how it might be used;
    The main 'area' would have the program you're primarily working with (ie. Photoshop).
    'Around' the main area have all the roll outs and tool bars you want, so no need to open/close/resize them all the time...
    On the Far left you could have a web/youtube tutorial
    On the Far right a list of project notes
    Up above a few reference pictures to the left and straight up, and Spotify or Movie to the right.

    Last edited 19/03/16 11:18 pm

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