The new version, which they were developing only for Focus, improves performance with these viewers to deliver a smoother SteamVR streaming experience.
RiftCat has released the version VRidge beta 2.2, SteamVR’s streaming app for mobile viewers, which includes optimized support for major mobile viewers such as Gear VR, Daydream, Oculus Go and Vive Focus, and their respective one-handed controllers. “Until now these devices worked in a similar way to any other mobile phone. We want to change that, unlocking its full potential, ” they explain.
The controllers use a virtual “arm-elbow-wrist” model with which they ensure that, even being 3dof, it is quite natural to interact with the SteamVR Home and titles. Each of the controllers has its own button configuration, although it is mainly based on using the touchpad for the rest of the actions, such as the system button and the menu button. Next, we can see how the emulation looks for all of them.
Gear VR / Go, Daydream and Focus.
Working on the Focus version announced by HTC at VEC 2018, the company realized they could apply these improvements to other devices. They still have work to do, since the current version, although it reflects the movements and head turns of instant form, can make us see black edges in these actions, something that they want to fix by improving the prediction. But, they claim, brings latency closer to the”native mobile VR level.” They recommend turning on Reliable streaming mode (in the advanced options) to avoid artifacts.
NEW # VRidge beta version Optimized for the # ViveFocus just published to @Viveport. You should be able to play 500 + SteamVR PC # VR apps (i.e. #BeatSaber) on the Focus using a its controller or with an XBox controller over 5GHz WiFi. https://t.co/WaxAn9jvtW @ RiftCat @htcvive pic.twitter.com/bPx6oAEhx8
– Alvin Wang Graylin (@AGraylin) July 16, 2018
Beat Saber video with a single controller via VRidge.
In addition to the aforementioned improvements for these viewers, the new version also includes another series of changes that we can consult here. The company will work over the next few weeks to release the stable version. Those Oculus Go users who want to try the app have to perform manual installation with ADB for now.
For the operation of VRidge it is necessary to install the RiftCat application on the PC.