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I’m going to have to do it, you know

The Meta Quest 3. I’m going to have to have one.

Not for the mixed reality – I want VR to get away from my lousy housekeeping – but because it addresses pretty much all my complaints about the Quest 2.

A faster processor. Bigger, brighter lenses. Higher resolution. But most important, the 3 has pancake lenses.

The Quest 2 had Fresnel lenses. Yes, like lighthouse reflectors. I guess it’s a way to cram a lot of glass into a thin package, but the visual result is sometimes called the screen door effect. You can imagine.

It’s not awful. If you wanted to try VR for not a whole lot of money (in VR terms), I understand they’re kicking out supplies of the Quest 2 for cheap(er) and I really would recommend it. But, you know, when you spend hours mining tritium in a teeny cockpit, those visual quirks can wear you down.

But it will have to wait. I put aside money every month into a technology account. I’ve got it. I just can’t quite talk myself into handing £479 to Mark Zuckerberg.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 17, 2023, 8:55 pm

Mme. Ermine, I wonder if there’s any chance of picking up a Q3 from someone who bought it and doesn’t want to keep it? The used market is certain to be quite slim for a new piece of gear, but my limited experience in other tech areas suggests it is worth looking into. You’re unlikely to save much of your money, but you will have the incalculable benefit of not giving any of it to Obertekfuhrer Zuckerberg.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 17, 2023, 9:08 pm

I can’t comment on VR games, but I came across what sounds like a good recipe for using red onions, which Stoaty has sacks and sacks of. This is quick, easy, and doesn’t need a pressure cooker. I think I’m going to make some to serve at Thanksgiving.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 18, 2023, 5:52 pm

Oh, man, I love that recipe…I’m kind of forbidden to pickle anything after everything I jarred made the fridge smell like fart, but pickled onions probably wouldn’t smell like fart.

Uncle Al, I got my current headset for cheap that way. It was on Ebay in “opened, never used” condition. But this thing has *just* been released this week. It’s going to be a long time before a used market opens up. Maybe after Christmas.

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