While most consumers are waiting for more specialized content to be produced and something like Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus or Gear VR to be released to experience virtual reality, you don’t have to wait.
A new app called Trinus Gyre aims to take “hardware you already have to create a VR experience similar to more expensive systems.” Here’s what you need to get Trinus Gyre up and running: a Windows PC, a high-end Android device with the Trinus Gyre app installed, Direct3D games, some sort of VR headset like Google Cardboard and the Trinus Gyre-provided Windows server app for streaming games to your device.
In the demo video provided by Odd Sheep Games, the developers behind Trinus Gyre, you see a flight simulator being used, but you can also play games like Skyrim, Half-Life and more. No game is officially supported, so the experience is going to be lacking behind content made for devices like Oculus Rift. Still, for free software and a $20 headset, this is really cool.
In case you haven’t noticed, thanks to ultra-high resolution displays and software flexibility, Android is leading the charge in mobile VR. By this time next year, standalone VR headsets could be completely unnecessary. Headsets that are able to utilize the full power of a gaming PC will offer top of the line immersive experiences, and the convenience of being able to drop your phone in and go is mighty appealing.
If you have all the necessary hardware, give Trinus Gyre a shot and let us know what you think.