HTC Vive is one of the most advanced and feature-complete virtual reality headsets available today. Yet, it is quite a process to set it up, considering all the required cords and cables. And while virtual reality is an amazing tech, it all still looks a bit clumsy. It is certain that going wireless is the next big leap forward for high-end virtual reality headsets. TPCast brings you just that, in case you are a HTC Vive user. It does however have a few drawbacks, and the most conspicuous one is the battery life.
Simply put, the TPCast battery lasts for about 2 hours, and it takes about 3 and a half hours to get it fully charged. This leaves us with about one and a half hour of downtime. Additionally, after extensive usage the battery tends to overheat, which may lead to skin burns and other hazards. These hazards are not to be taken lightly, considering the fact that you will be holding the battery in your pocket, unless you have figured out a clever way to attach it otherwise.Therefore, getting extra portable chargers for TPCast seems like a solid choice.
If you haven’t yet heard about the possibility of going wireless on your HTC Vive, we suggest you read our in-depth TPCast review. But since you are already reading this, you probably already know what TPCast is all about. So let’s take a look what portable chargers for TPCast.
Separately buy the extra one which comes with TPCast
And that one is Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100. It is highly recommended that you get the additional Anker battery, as it will allow you to switch up between the extra portable charger and the one which you get in the TPCast shipment. Considering it comes in the original package, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Anker established itself as the leading brand in US when it comes to portable chargers with over 20 million users. The Anker PowerCore II 20000, a 20100mAh portable charger is the upgraded version of the aforementioned powerbank which comes in the TPCast shipment. The battery life is extended and the charging time is halved. It fits the TPCast identically to the stock battery, therefore it is a upgrade worth paying some $10 extra.
With your PSVR headset, you can do more than just play games. You can use it as a portal which will bring you in front of a giant screen displaying movies in 3D! We have written about 3D movies on Netflix before, but why not use PSVR and 3D Blu-Ray player instead? You can have a greater variety of movies since Netflix, unfortunately, doesn’t put too much effort into the 3D category.
So, how to watch 3D movies on PSVR? Let’s dive right in.
Upgrade your PSVR and PlayStation
With the advent of the 4.5 update on the PS4 console, your PlayStation device has turned into a 3D TV! The TV industry has bet on the success of the first 3D TV. However, with the lack of general interest, it has since moved its focus onto 4k and 8k displays. However, you already own a PS4 console, so that shouldn’t bother you.
First, make sure your PS4 and PSVR are up to date by manually checking the settings and upgrading if there is any need. Most likely, it has already been done automatically.
Next, make sure you own a 3D Blu-ray, although that goes without question. Clean up the lenses on your PSVR headset, so that they are as clean as they can possibly be. You’ll be watching through them for quite some time, you don’t want to spoil the experience.
Adjust the cinematic viewing settings to your preference
As soon as you plug in your 3D Blu-ray, the PS4’s Cinematic Mode will turn on and will allow you to watch the movie. You might want to adjust the settings so that you get the best experience possible. The Cinematic Mode has three settings – Small, Medium and Large. Medium and Large are the two viewing modes you should be going for.
On the first glance, you might be interested in Large. It does give you the largest amount of viewing space, for sure. But, it would feel like you’re at the front row seat. You will have to move your head left and right to see everything clearly. This will make the PSVR headset move the display as well. That can get your head spinning very fast. The Medium settings will work out the best since you have the image at the center and don’t have to move your head so much.
Now, you’ll be inside the world of stereoscopic 3D for about 2 hours, more or less. Make sure that the display is positioned a bit higher than you would normally have it. That makes it easier to shift your head without the display moving with it, which is important for convenience.
Once the movie has started, you can control itjust like any other through the PlayStation 4 means. DualShock 4 controller, voice commands or separate media controllers all work well. However, make sure to choose the most convenient control method for yourself before the movie starts. You don’t want to be fumbling around and breaking the immersion in the middle of the process.
And that’s it, easy as a pie. However, if you do not own any BlueRays, or are simply in need of watching some other form of visual entertainment, PSVR can serve as a hub for it.
So, how to watch a 3D video on PSVR?
There are a number of different formats for 3D movies, the most popular ones are:
–Anaglyph (the old Red/Blue glasses), -Blu-Ray 3D -Side-by-Side -Over/Under (sometimes called Top/Bottom)
Sony’s standard format is Over/Under so, when browsing PSVR’s YouTube app, be sure to type in Over/Under before any content that you wish to search for. Now, as the display splits the images into two halves (you might have guessed it, one is at the bottom, other at top), the resolution displayed on your headset will be half of the original video quality, which is the case for perceived pixelated look of the video. Make sure you find the highest quality video out there. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with 4K.
Unfortunately, many of the videos tagged as 3D are merely 360 videos. They usually have a flat look since they are displayed on a flat sphere. This might look disappointing at first, but don’t worry. We have made a list of the best 3D videos for you to watch so you don’t have to spend hours looking for the best content.
That being said, while searching for the most entertaining videos, you will soon realize a lot of them don’t come in 3D format at all. Don’t worry though, there are ways of turning a 2D image into a 3D which we will cover later.
PS4 YouTube App Supports :
-2D Non-VR (regular videos)
-3D 180°/360° [Over/Under]
-No 3D Support for SBS [Side-by-Side] , HSBS [ Half Side-by-Side] Video
If you wish to watch unsupported video formats, like mentioned Side by Side, just download LittleStar App and dispel your worries. A great thing about LittleStar app is that you can easily watch movies saved on a USB stick. Here’s the procedure.
First get a stick that is compatible with your PlayStation 4. Then download the video you wish to watch and save it in this format: *file name*_180_sbs.mp4 for a 180-degree video and for 360 degrees the format is *file name*_360_sbs.mp4. The next thing you need to do is simply plug in your USB in the console, open your PSVR and go to LittleStars’ library, find the named video and play it!
We did our best to give you as many options as possible so you can find your optimal way of watching 3D movies and videos on your PSVR. Hopefully, you will find a way that will work out for you. Good luck and enjoy the view!
Windows MR is Microsoft’s response to the growing market of virtual reality headsets. Windows MR stands for “Mixed Reality”, a name picked by Microsoft for their initial headsets. They work similarly to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with one big difference – these headsets don’t require separate sensors. Microsoft offers movement tracking up to six degrees of freedom, without the need to set up standard sensors across the room and having to reorganize your room. Windows MR headsets are connected to your PC via HDMI and USB 3.0 cables, and the motion controllers use Bluetooth 4.0.
Great thing about Windows MR headsets is that you can easily bring them to your friend’s house and share the VR experience. Unfortunately, not all PCs support Bluetooth 4.0, therefore acquiring one of the Bluetooth adapters working with Windows MR is necessary. Therefore, we at VRBorg made this list of Bluetooth adapters working with Windows MR for you!
Basically all the adapters are converting DisplayPort signal to the newest HDMI standards. Club 3D DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 is a certified 2.0 HDMI cable supporting 4K resolution at 60Hz. In the world of gaming, 60Hz refresh rate is widely regarded as the requirement for a smooth and glitch-free experience. The adapter is lightweight and highly portable, and offers astonishing 4K picture quality. It is also backward compatible with 1080p, meaning you wont have issues working on lower resolutions. Club 3D DisplayPort to HDMI adapter allows for plug and play installation without any drivers.
If you are looking for a colorful and stylish Bluetooth adapter to add the Bluetooth functionality to your PC, then ORICO USB Dongle is the right choice for you. It is suitable for desktop and laptop computers with USB ports, through which it connects you with peripheral Bluetooth enabled devices. The design is very compact – 23 x 15 x 5mm and it offers transfer distance up to 20 meters. Additionally, it is Windows compatible, so plug and play is allowed. In the end, it is extremely energy efficient, built using the ultra-low energy consumption technology.
Another extra small 4.0 Bluetooth dongle with exceptionally low energy consumption. It is compatible with all Windows OSs, as Windows auto installs the required drivers. For Win 7 and Vista you will have to install the driver from CD, or download it from the Avantree support site. It comes with 2 year warranty and step by step video instructions. As it doesn’t natively support MAC, there are two other variations of the product. One offers exclusive Windows 10 support, and the other is compatible with PS4/Mac/Nintendo.
In case your PC doesn’t have enough USB 3.0 ports to support all the peripherals and your Windows MR headset, you’ll probably have to invest in a USB hub. Have in mind that the hub is powered separately, meaning it is plugged in a power source at all times.
Official Microsoft recommendation for Windows MR is the Plugable 10-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub. It supports 4K resolution brought by HDMI 2.0, but it is also backwards compatible with HDMI 1.4 and USB 2.0 technologies. It is powered by robust 48W power adapter, compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. The finish features sleek black color with 6 jacks in front and 4 on the rear end. This minimizes cable cluttering and increases functionality and accessibility. USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer is supported at up to 5Gbps. While this USB hub offers 10 ports, it is still very compact and won’t take up too much space.
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