Well.. after following the HMZ-T1, and then the T2, for almost 2 years now.. I finally couldn't resist pulling the trigger and I ordered a unit from an autralian seller on ebay with excellent 300+ feedback. It was the lowest price I'd seen it to date! 906+28 US with express shipping included. Also comes with a 240v to 120v converter
I'm anticipating I'll probably get nailed for ~150$ in tax and duties.. though it'd be great if I somehow dodged it this time! We all get lucky sometimes
I also went on blazin3d to order their cushion pads.. and got charmed into adding their carry bag and their pitch black cover kit..
I figure if I'm doing this I better get the most immersive crazy 3d experience out of it as I can.. and I heard great things about their products.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to complete the order because blazin3d is currently having problems with their paypal account.. but I'll check back next week to finalize the order.
To finish off my xmas-gift-to-myself.. and I've really been a good boy last year barely spending in comparison to previous years.. I decided it was time to get some sick 3d surround headphones.
After doing an hour's worth of research, a minimum before buying anything remotely expensive (50$ or more), I deducted that those "gaming headsets" are crappy gimicks and that you should aim for better sound and comfort if you're going to be doing mostly gaming.
That means the best solution is to get a seperate mini-amp that does the job of making your source sound in simulated 3D and get a pair of comfortable and quality headphones.
After some reading I decided to get the Astro MixAmp Pro for the amp.. which surprisingly only cost ~150$ with shipping. And for the headphones I got what appears to be the best value for your dollar headphones right now.. the SteelSeries Siberia V2 headphones. I got their least expensive color for only 85$! wow.. it happens to be PINK though =P but I figure that'll look alright with the T2's light silver color.. plus it'll make a great conversation starter with all the people that will be lining up to try the immersive experience for themselves ;p
So.. really excited about trying this! I made a list of the "most immersive" PC games.. largely based on google's results to that question. It seems Bioshock 1 and Amnesia are going to be the craziest experiences.. I also can't wait to play it with all the graphics maxed out on games like Far Cry 3 and Skyrim for the sweet feeling of being in nature.. next to a waterfall looking out at a sunset. Dat's gonna be nuuts! I also wanna re-try GTA4.. I remember how amazing that game looked when I stood only 3 feet away from my 120'' projector screen. I also can't wait to try it out with my racing playseat with G25 racing wheel and pedals. That also should be amazing!
I was wondering if anyone knows about some sweet 3D video footage.. stuff like POV roller coaster rides or stuff that's filmed precisely with a VR HMD in mind. The kinda stuff they showed at the HMZ-T2 SR Prototype unveiling. I guess this stuff must be really rare right now.. I really hope there starts to be more of it! Hell this is a very niche product right now and I'm sure a lot of VR scenes could go a long way into make it more popular.
Who knows.. maybe VR will one day amount to the kind of technology they had in the 2000 "new millenium" movie Strange Days. That was a wicked good movie and I figure with something like the HMZ-T2 and the right head or eye-level mounted camera.. you could really reproduce the same effect as in the movie.. minus the brain neuro-stimulation of course ;p
Still! It'd be great to have a new website where you can view POV footage exclusively meant to be used by HMD users! Hell maybe I should make that website!