Virtual Reality has advanced to the point
that it is fast becoming one of the standard platforms for
flight simulation. The experience is quite unique and is a huge
leap in flight simulation.
You feel that you are actually seated in
the aircraft and not just looking at a computer screen. This
technology is a fantastic development for the home simulator
enthusiast in that it actually changing you room into and
aircraft complete with outside scenery.
Virtual reality covers just about all type
activities including RPG, racing, work simulation, 3D movies and
much more. But for this particular article flight simulation is
the center of our attention.
Currently we can say that VR flight
simulation is in it's infancy but even now the resulting
experience is fantastic. another reality is that the equipment
is expensive as I will list some current headsets in this
article with current prices as of the date of this article.
At this point I think there is no way to
fully describe the experience so I'm linking to several videos
of VR flight to give some insight and views of others who have
and are using this technology. This is the next level, you can
tell by the enthusiasm and amazement.
This link is VR flying in Aerofly FS 2
which is almost on par with FSX.
Here's a helicopter flight in FSX
Various FSX flights
A flight in DCS World
A side by side image on the monitor is
shown on some flights. It is actually 3D in flight. As stated
earlier below are the VR headsets that support the sims shown
and current prices.
Oculus rift was the first on the market with the consumer
version of the Oculus Rift called the CV1. It retails for
approximately $499 which is a recent drop in it's $599 price. It
also has a set of hand controllers for an additional $99
down from $199.
HTC Vive is another VR headset that works for flight simulation.
It comes complete with game controllers and can also be set up
for room size gaming.. Current price is $799.
To get the full VR experience a pretty
beefy gaming type PC is required, specs for VR can be googled on
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