I must admit that I love many of today’s latest and greatest technologies. For example, I was at the front of the line when the first customer release of the Oculus Rift hit the streets in 2016. Wow, has it really been seven years?
That device featured two Pentile OLED displays, 1080×1200 resolution per eye, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a 110° field of view. Overall, the virtual reality (VR) experience was really rather amazing. On the other hand, this headset required being wired to a powerful desktop or extreme notepad computer. It also required you to spend time setting up two or three external sensors along with their wires.
Eventually, I traded my Rift for one of the first Meta Quest headsets. On the bright side, Meta Quest 1 was totally self-contained, and its resolution was boosted to 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. On the downside, the quality of the renderings was typically not as good.
Overall, Meta Quest 1 wasn’t bad at all, which is why I feel a little ashamed of myself that it’s not seen the light for day for the past year or so.
On a whim, I just visited the Meta site to see if there were any new interesting apps and games. First, I ran across something called PowerWash Simulator VR. Basically, you use a virtual pressure washer to clean things ranging from vehicles to old buildings. I don’t know why, but this looks to be strangely appealing (I think it could be therapeutic).
I also revisited an old favorite in the form of Richie’s Plank Experience. Have you seen the video of a 79-year-old grandpa trying Richie’s Plank Experience? It appears that the plank setup has been vastly improved through the use of immersive mixed reality on Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3. In itself, however, this game isn’t sufficient to push me over the edge (no pun intended).
The idea is that you place a table in the center of your room (family room, recreation room, whatever). The table can be of any size, from a small, low coffee table to a regular height dining table. When you don your mixed reality (MR)/augmented reality (AR) headset, you can see your regular room and table in the real world, with LEGO bricks, objects, and characters superimposed on top in MR/AR.
“O-M-G,” is all I can say. It says you need Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, or Meta Quest Pro to run this bodacious beauty. However, when you compare the specs, the Meta Quest 3 is the obvious choice because it has higher resolution (2,064 x 2,208 pixels per eye) than the Meta Quest 2 along with colored real reality (the Quest 2’s outward facing cameras are black-and-white), and it’s half the price of a Meta Quest Pro.
I couldn’t help myself. I just ordered the Meta Quest 3 128GB with Asgard’s Wrath 2 Bundle along with the Saqico Head Strap for Meta Quest 3. Now I’m sitting at my desk squirming in anticipation. I cannot wait to ‘not’ get my real-world hands on my virtual-world LEGO bricks (and that’s not something you expect to hear yourself say very often).