Ascend the wall uses the older Oculus Rift development kit which uses a lower resolution panel (640×800 per eye) and the screen door effect is quite pronounced on these units. These units also had a lower speed panel which resulted in some motion blurring which results in some motion sickness for some people, more on that in a few minutes. Despite these limitations it is absolutely amazing how quickly your adapts to the new reality that is presented to it. The first thing that I noticed was the screen door effect
, but I quickly adjusted to it. The ride up was interesting, as we approached the top the wind effect kicked in which made the experience feel more natural. As I was shot across the top it took me out of the experience because my brain told me that isn’t something it’s experienced in real life and that’s where it got really interesting to me. The fireballs didn’t really effect me, but going over the edge of the wall did. I felt my stomach turn with vertigo as I got close and went over the edge. My head was telling this was just a ride, but my body was fooled by the experience, it reacted the way it always does to heights telling me I’m in danger. That to me what I was hoping for and the Rift delivered on that.
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