thanks for the feedback on the player--i'll get it to our top men!
@norman: heh, the combination of franks 'inconspicuous' face, your off the rails excitement photobomb and 'i have the football' is hilarious!
i share the other non-americans' sentiment regarding tipping, but then, it's a whole different system with different contextual conditions, different social handshakes around it, and so on. it ought to feel strange.
here's the photo that frank texted!
we're still going to finish it! working on a fun plan for that...
@norman: Awesome, season one or two?
I was fairly sceptical before the first, given how great the movie is... but it really lives up to the promise. The casting is perfect.
@kim_a: i just started watching it this week. on episode 3, and it's great already
one of the things i took away from this chat with Palmer was how Oculus home will be more of an app launcher to start, and not the roomscale social "game room" that you could imagine from things like Ready Player One. it's basically a console (or Steam big picture mode) menu system in VR, floating in front of you. they're doing cool things using Oculus Home's virtual space to preview game content, but i think the real opportunity is social--more like Toybox than just a friends list. by comparison, Steam VR's launcher lets you walk around and do fun things in the space, like blow up balloons with the Vive controllers and bat them around. even that little bit of interaction goes a long way to keeping what's ostensibly an app launcher an interesting and compelling place to stay in. VR matchmaking is going to be an interesting challenge, too, so my hope is that Oculus home eventually adopts more social features to let users interact in VR before jumping into the apps and content.
@Defectus: not going to compare the two until we have both in-house and have done some testing beyond 10-minute demos.
@essentia: because of their deal with msft, the xbone controller costs oculus a very small amount (my guess is under $10) to include in the package. if you already have a controller, you could easily sell it for $50 and consider that a subsidy for the rift.