First post, by Rekrul
Most VR headsets include features like 3D displays and motion tracking. These features usually require the use of special drivers and often require that the software/game be specifically written to work with them.
Are there any VR headsets (new or old) that can plugged into a desktop computer and used as just a dumb display, without installing the special software or using those extra features?
Why would I want this? Well, I once played the Virtuality arcade games and I liked that once you put on the helmet, you couldn't see the real world any more, you could only see the game. At first it seemed crappy, like you were looking through a tube, but by the end of the game, it really looked like I was standing inside the game. I've always wanted something similar for use at home. However, the 3D and motion tracking features aren't important to me, I just want the display. Why?
3D - I'm completely blind in one eye, so no 3D display is ever going to work for me. As far as me personally, it's a useless feature.
Motion Tracking - I'd like to be able to use it with ANY game, even DOS FPS games in DOSBox and those games aren't going to support motion tracking. Maybe if it emulated a mouse so that the game would respond normally, but that's really not important to me.
I would just like a VR type headset that I can plug into a desktop machine (I have VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs on my video card), load up any game and play it while viewing it in the headset.
Does such a thing exist?