Right now the barrier to entry to advanced VR is formidable.
Systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are too expensive for most, considering the pricey equipment (around $1,000 CAD) is combined with the cost of a high-end gaming rig.
RiftCat is aiming to dismantle that barrier — or at least give users a glimpse of what VR can be — with its new VRidge software which allows users to mirror and play high-end 3D games using inexpensive headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR (though not Google Daydream, yet).
The app uses the on-board positioning technology in users’ smartphones to identify the user’s head position, adding to a more enriched experience. Meanwhile, a relatively active community on the VRidge subreddit is working on hacks involving PS Move or Leap Motion in order to create a form of room-sensing technology.
VRidge is now out of beta and fully available for a one-time purchase of $15 CAD. A free trial version is also available, allowing for ten minutes of gameplay.
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