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    trufret got a reaction from Inception9269 in VR game recommendations   
    ReVive for Oculus content
     
    Boneworks
    Vtol VR
    Pavlov VR
    Eleven Table tennis
    Cloudlands mini golf
     
    (Coop with friends)
    Star Trek:Bridge Crew
    Iron Wolf VR
     
    (Need a Racing wheel or gamepad at least)
    Project Cars 2
    Dirt Rally 2
     
    (Need a HOTAS or gamepad at least)
    Il-2
    DCS World (Will crush even high end systems)
    MS Flight Sim 2020 (will crush even high end systems)
    Elite Dangerous
     
     
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    trufret got a reaction from SixtyfpsGaming in Looking to get into flying games need a stick   
    Also a great option, Much better stick with plenty of buttons and hats.
    If you think you will get into modern combat jets in DCS/BMS that rely a lot on hotas commands and don't mind spending a bit more money get that VKB stick with the separate thrustmaster throttle.
    You won't need to upgrade until the addiction kicks in and you start building a cockpit in your bedroom.
     
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    trufret got a reaction from SixtyfpsGaming in Looking to get into flying games need a stick   
    Thrustmaster T16000M hotas kit is the best bang for your buck.
    Can usually be found for around $160 USD but has been a bit hard to find due to covid + Flight Sim 2020 release.
    Has enough buttons for modern jet fighters and hall effect sensors for precision movement.
    I wouldn't bother with the more expensive kit with the rudder pedals as the stick has a twist axis and the throttle had a rudder paddle axis, plus the included pedals aren't great.
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    trufret got a reaction from NotABigGamer in Good budget steering wheel   
    Unfortunately, unless you can find something on the used market, your budget is much to low for a decent new entry level wheel.
    A Logitech G29/920 or a Thrustmaster T300RS should be the lowest I'd start with.
    The Thrustmaster T150 RS is the absolute lowest level I'd go if it's the only option.
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    trufret got a reaction from Arphis in Joystick for Star Wars squadrons   
    The Thrustmaster T16000M Hotas kit with the stick and throttle is pretty highly recommended in the flight sim community for having a good amount of buttons and very accurate positional sensors for a decent price (although thanks to COVID the supply is low so prices are up)
     
    It is arguably the best bang for the buck stick/throttle.
     
    If you're going to be playing in VR your going to want all the controls at your fingertips.
    If you're playing on a monitor you could probably get away with a Logitech 3d stick ($50 USD) and use keyboard buttons to supply any extra buttons you need.
     
    To get a meaningful upgrade over a T16000M ($150ish USD) your looking at gear costing $500-1500 USD which unless you're getting to study level combat flight simulators is going to be massive overkill for Squadrons with little noticeable difference.
     
    If you do want to go a bit overkill the VKB Gladiator K (stick only $150-175 USD) has recently come out and looks very promising.
    Last I saw it was back-ordered and for some reason the store page is missing off their site now.
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    trufret got a reaction from Arphis in Looking for a Joystick for xPlane and the new MS Flight Simulator   
    The T16000m and likely the TCA variant ( haven't tried it personally) are probably the best bang for the buck hotas kits you're going to find.
    If you're planning to fly any combat flight sims then having the extra buttons on the T16000M is a must otherwise the TCA is probably better suited to civil aviation.
     
    The Logitech sticks seem to have better quality control now than when they were Saitek but i'd avoid the x56 as although it's got a good amount of buttons and hats the ergonomics of the layout isn't great and can be uncomfortable to reach some buttons or accidentally hit the wrong button when reaching for another.
     
    The one thing that I see skipped over the most that makes a huge difference is head tracking.
    Get a Trackir5 or a cheaper alternative Delan Clip at minimum. VR is great too but that's another large investment in hardware and PC components to get the most out of it.
     
    A T16000m stick with TWCS throttle and a Delan Clip kit should give you 90+% of the capability of the super expensive gear while staying below your total budget.
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    trufret reacted to Arphis in Looking for a Joystick for xPlane and the new MS Flight Simulator   
    I can recommend the T.16000m FCS Hotas from Thrustmaster.
     
    It has a good build quality, nothing special, just properly made plastic. The buttons on the stick base dont feel great, but they get the job done.
     
    Thrustmaster has excellent sensors that provide more detail than you will need.
     
    They now have a civilian version called TCA which might provide a better button layout but should be mostly identical.
     
    There are better sticks out there but a Warthog, or even Virpil or VKB stick is really expensive and since you are a beginner i would not recommend such in investment.
     
    They T.16000m together with the TCWS, is the most reasonable product.
     
    Saitek would be another brand in your price range but they used to have massive QC issue when were still owned by MadCatz. I dont know how that changed after Logitech bought em, but they havent released anything new since. So maybe read up on that first, if you consider buying one.
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    trufret got a reaction from Arika S in Oculus quest vr cover silicone   
    You would still have red pressure marks where the gasket was pushing against your face but if your issue is more related to sweat and bacteria in the foam causing a breakout the silicone would be much easier to clean and be more hygienic.  The stock Quest straps are known to not be the most comfortable for longer play sessions, may people use an aftermarket or modified head strap like a VIve deluxe audio strap and adapters to balance the weight a bit better.
     
     
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    trufret got a reaction from Thready in Games like Final Fantasy SNES games   
    The South Park: Stick of Truth game was a pretty fun turn based RPG that should run on pretty low specs and usually goes on sale for under $10 on the summer sale coming up. 
    I'm not usually a big turn based RPG fan but it kept me interested enough to beat it.
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    trufret got a reaction from Dravinian in Virtual Reality - what do you need to know, what is the best, what are the pitfalls to avoid?   
    IPD is interpupillary distance or the distance between the middle of one pupil to the middle of the other.
    This is important because if the lenses in the HMD aren't lined up properly with your eyes you can get eye strain, blurry vision , headaches etc...
    Some headsets have a dial or slider to adjust this (Quest, Vive, Index, Pimax, Odessey, Rift CV1)
    Other are fixed to a set distance (Rift S, HP Reverb)
     
    If you measure your IPD and find it's to wide or narrow for the sweet spot on the fixed headsets you pretty much have to get one with an adjustable IPD so not stress your eyes with longer use.
     
    The Vive, Index, and Pimax headsets use Valve's lighthouse tracking technology. the boxes that you put on your walls.They need to be plugged into a power outlet but they give the best tracking accuracy and limit portability of the unit.
     
    The original Rift CV1 used USB IR cameras.  These required you to have long USB cables snaking around your room but 3 of them gave you pretty close to lighthouse tracking accuracy but took up a ton of USB3 ports and could be flaky on some USB controllers.
     
    The Windows Mixed Reality and Rift S / Quest use camera based tracking where cameras on the headset make a map of your play space and track controllers.
    This is super convenient for setup but the worst for tracking accuracy.  You need a decently lit play space with contrasting items on the walls to give the cameras something to track. an empty solid colour room or a dark room wont work well.
    The Rift S and Quest also have more cameras than the windows headsets so their tracking is quite a bit better especially for tracking the controllers. 
    I'd only recommend the Windows ones for racing / flying sims or if you can get them real cheap due to the controller tracking. They only have 2 cameras and it's easy to move the controllers out of the tracked view.
    The Rift S and Quest controller tracking is good enough with the extra cameras that it shouldn't be an issue
     
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    trufret got a reaction from Dravinian in Virtual Reality - what do you need to know, what is the best, what are the pitfalls to avoid?   
    Pretty much all of the main points have been touched on already.
    Have a Midrange gaming PC at minimum ( 4 core 3.5Ghz+ 16GB ram GTX1060/RX480 ). More is better especially in the video card area for super sampling.
     
    Figure out your IPD before hand (by an optometrist or a using metric ruler and a mirror. needs to be in millimetres) This will limit headset choice if you are too far out from average.
     
    If you start to feel sick ( nausea, cold sweats, dizzy ) STOP immediately and come back when you're symptom free.
     
    Most Vr sickness comes from artificial acceleration. your eyes telling you you're moving but your inner ear doesn't agree. Racing, Flying, smooth locomotion games (moving with a thumbstick) will have this issue but you can build up a tolerance to it.
     
    Roomscale games or games that use teleport locomotion are much less likely to make you feel ill as you should rarely if ever be in a position where you're moving in game but not in real life.
     
    Do you have any games you are looking at VR for specifically or a budget you want to stay in?  That might point you in the direction of which headset to get.
     
    A Oculus Quest with a link cable would be an all around decent headset but if you wanted to focus on Driving/Flight sims or very accurate room scale tracking there are better kits for those specific use cases.
     
     
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    trufret got a reaction from PC__Noob in [UK] Anyone know where i can buy a HOTAS warthog?   
    The Free to try special and discounts are only on the standalone currently. They were on steam a few weeks ago but not for as long and you couldn't use the extra 10% discount.
    I think if you did own modules on steam you can link your account to standalone and transfer them that way but you cannot transfer modules purchased on standalone back to steam.
     
    The Features of steam and standalone are pretty much the same game-play wise.
    Standalone gets more/longer sales and all the money goes to the devs but you have to check for updates by launching the game.
    Steam gives you local currency conversion and automated updates with faster downloads.
     
    As far as dual throttle control. It depends a lot on what your flying. I use it a bit in the F/A -18C to walk the throttle (tiny increase/decrease alternating left and right) for small speed changes when trying to refuel from a tanker or trying to get extra tight turn circle in the F-14 but it's not really a make or break feature as dual engine planes have the option to bind both engines to 1 axis. As long as you have enough buttons either will work well.
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    trufret got a reaction from Legolessed in Oculus development kit 2 in 2020   
    The DK2 is very old at this point and I don't believe it's supported by current oculus software any longer.  You can still find the legacy drivers on oculus's site but I can't speak to compatibility with any current software at this point. The DK2 never came with controllers although some people were using it with the Razer Hydra back in the day.
     
    Unless you are getting it for free I'd recommend looking for a used or refurbished windows mixed reality headset with controllers.  The best one (besides the current HP Reverb) was the Samsung Odyssey but any of the WMR headsets will provide a much better experience than a DK2 and are still supported by current windows drivers and steam.
    You will need Bluetooth V4 or greater built into the Mobo or via a USB dongle to pair the controllers.
     
    An Oculus CV1 with touch controllers and a least 2 cameras would also be a good option if you can find it cheap but replacement cables are discontinued so take very good care of the cable or the headset is useless. 
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    trufret got a reaction from RapidTurtle in Steam back up and restore games   
    Yeah, that should work fine.
    Easier to put the install files on a portable drive or network share at a lan party then to have everyone try to install from the internet and choke the connection down to nothing.
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    trufret got a reaction from TrainFan90 in Cheap joystick for flight sim   
    I'd start with the Logitech stick for now.
    You can always add a Thrustmaster TWCS Throttle later to give you a much better hotas setup than the Hotas X can deliver due to it's lack of buttons.
     
    For civ aviation, the stick plus keyboard should be fine. 
    I find for modern combat flying in DCS World the T16000M Hotas or Logitech + TWCS is about the minimum number of buttons you want and even then, most things are double bound with a modifier key.
     
    all depends on what plane you are flying though.
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    trufret got a reaction from RapidTurtle in Steam back up and restore games   
    As long as you back them up individually you can restore them on another PC to save download time.
    I found if I backed up a group of games as 1 backup and the restore account didn't have a license for all the games in the backup, the whole restore would fail.
    Since then, I backup 1 game at a time and put them on an external SSD to speed up installs at LANs
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    trufret got a reaction from Cavalry Canuck in Joystick Recommendations ?   
    TM Warthog is a nice hotas setup for sure. The deltasim electronics slew stick upgrade is highly recommended for the throttle over the little mouse nub it comes with.
    Bonus with the Warthog is you can upgrade the base to a virpil one later on and keep using the warthog grip which is very ergonomic.
     
    MFG Crosswind pedals are a nice set to pair with a warthog or better stick/hotas setup.
    While not cheap by any means, that are less expensive than similar quality offerings from TM, Virpil, etc...
     
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    trufret got a reaction from Oswin in Joystick Recommendations ?   
    TM T16000M $85 Cad
    CH Fightertick $150 Cad
    TM Warthog  $330 CAD
    Virpil/VKB/Other high end stick and base $650+ Cad
     
    If you want a comparable quality throttle add another 70-100% of the cost.
    If you want comparable quality rudder pedals add another 70-100% of the cost.
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    trufret got a reaction from Cavalry Canuck in Joystick Recommendations ?   
    TM T16000M $85 Cad
    CH Fightertick $150 Cad
    TM Warthog  $330 CAD
    Virpil/VKB/Other high end stick and base $650+ Cad
     
    If you want a comparable quality throttle add another 70-100% of the cost.
    If you want comparable quality rudder pedals add another 70-100% of the cost.
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    trufret got a reaction from FoxFire in Oculus quest VS GPU upgrade   
    You could check ebay etc for a used 1070.
    I picked up before Christmas for $220 CAD ($165 US)
    within 10% of a 2060.
     
    Otherwise the faster the card the better for VR
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    trufret got a reaction from IAmAndre in Controller for FIFA PC   
    If Xbox controllers aren't an option only because they don't come with rechargeable batteries, why not just buy a 4 pack of rechargeable AA batteries and charger?
    Its an extra $25 CDN and you can quickly swap the batteries instead of waiting for the controller to charge again.
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    trufret got a reaction from IAmAndre in Troubleshooting Ethernet issues   
    Sounds like the switch ports on the new one are dead but there is some checking you can do.
     
    You've said you tried connecting it with multiple cables so likely the cables aren't the problem but just to make sure, are they all purchased cables (ends not crimped on by you) and undamaged?
     
    You mentioned your laptop has a USB C dock, does that dock have an Ethernet port on it?
    If so, does connecting that to the router produce the same results as the desktop?
     
    If you want to make sure the cables are good you could directly connect the desktop to the laptop dock and manually assign IPs to both Ethernet interfaces. if you can ping pack and forth then the cables should be fine.  All NICs in the past decade plus should be auto sensing so you shouldn't need a specific crossover cable to do this anymore.
     
    When you plug in the desktop to the router and it does recognize the cable (assuming your not manually setting an IP), does it get an IP address that starts with 192 or 169?  If it's 169 then you are not getting a valid IP from DHCP on the router.  The fact that it works on wireless suggests the DHCP server is working on the router but not through the switch ports.
     
    If everything else is working but the router switch ports I'd suggest returning the router for a new one as it's likely had some internal failure of the switch ports. I've certainly seen that often enough with home equipment.
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    trufret got a reaction from RageTester in Troubleshooting Ethernet issues   
    Sounds like the switch ports on the new one are dead but there is some checking you can do.
     
    You've said you tried connecting it with multiple cables so likely the cables aren't the problem but just to make sure, are they all purchased cables (ends not crimped on by you) and undamaged?
     
    You mentioned your laptop has a USB C dock, does that dock have an Ethernet port on it?
    If so, does connecting that to the router produce the same results as the desktop?
     
    If you want to make sure the cables are good you could directly connect the desktop to the laptop dock and manually assign IPs to both Ethernet interfaces. if you can ping pack and forth then the cables should be fine.  All NICs in the past decade plus should be auto sensing so you shouldn't need a specific crossover cable to do this anymore.
     
    When you plug in the desktop to the router and it does recognize the cable (assuming your not manually setting an IP), does it get an IP address that starts with 192 or 169?  If it's 169 then you are not getting a valid IP from DHCP on the router.  The fact that it works on wireless suggests the DHCP server is working on the router but not through the switch ports.
     
    If everything else is working but the router switch ports I'd suggest returning the router for a new one as it's likely had some internal failure of the switch ports. I've certainly seen that often enough with home equipment.
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    trufret got a reaction from Matacks in Vr headset Advice   
    All windows headsets the the same basic controller design.  The Odessey is great for a flight/racing setup where you don't care so much about the motion controllers but if you are looking to play Boneworks and other room scale games that fully use motion controls you have a couple options that aren't End of Life:
     
    Lighthouse based tracking (more accurate tracking but more setup required)
    Valve Index
    HTC Vive Pro
    Pimax 5K 8K Series
     
    Camera Tracking (less accurate tracking but much easier setup)
    Oculus Rift S
    HTC Cosmos
     
    Realistically, unless you have a specific use case your trying to maximize (Widest FOV, Highest Resolution, Official Wireless) and are willing to accept noticeable downfalls in other areas to get it, you have 2 options.
     
    Valve Index ($1000 USD)
    Oculus Rift S ($400 USD)
     
    For either of these your going to want a GTX 1070 or comparable GPU with an decently paired CPU and a Display Port output on your laptop.
    Yes they will work on less, but this is a good point to aim for to play all games well.
     
    For the Rift S, your going to want to know the distance between your pupils because it doesn't have a physical adjustment for this so if your eyes are to close together or far apart you may not have a good experience with it. Ideally and IPD of 63.5mm  with a +/- of 2 mm.  If you are closer to the 50's or the 70's then the Rift S might not be great for you.
     
    I've omitted the Oculus Quest even though it has a physical IPD adjustment as you said you didn't want a standalone.  While it can connect to a PC with a Link Cable, some have reported the controller tracking felt slightly off compared to PC only headsets.
     
    The nausea is going to be a problem in any game where your eyes say you're moving but your inner ear doesn't agree. The good news is you can generally build up a tolerance to that by stopping when you start to fell sick and coming back later. 
     
    Their are some leaks going around that Samsung has a new headset in the works with more cameras for tracking and hopefully better controls but nothing official yet.
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    trufret got a reaction from Fasauceome in Should I get a new PC or upgreading the cpu and the gpu?   
    Not a lot of point putting a K series CPU in that motherboard since you can't overclock it.
    If you are on a really tight budget and can find an i7 - 4770 for super cheap. Maybe in an old business PC with another 8 gb stick of ram you can use as well it might be worth it.
     
    Otherwise saving up for a ryzen 2000 or 3000 series setup would be money much better spent.
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