First let me say I don't mean this to be a rant post but rather more of a gut check - in many ways I want to make sure that there isn't something wrong with either me gear (CV1), myself (physically?) or simply my expectations (likely). So let me explain as briefly as I can as I really do want some feedback and input from you guys.
First a bit about me and my system. I've worked in IT for 20+ years, mostly networking and management. I've been a gamer since I was about 8, my parents literally had the first consumer Pong game then quickly Atari 2400. I've been through all the consoles but have mostly been a PC gamer since my 20's with periods of heavy gaming (20+ hours a week) or little gaming (1 hour per 20 weeks). Currently I have an extremely high end cockpit based sim racing system. 3 27" 4K monitors, 2 Titan Z cards, 6770k, 32GB Ram, RAID0 250GB SSD, etc. etc. Pretty much spared no expense. a 5 way ButtKicker vibration system and multiple high end wheels/joysticks from Thrustmaster, Fanatac, etc. etc. (way too much to list). I'm mostly a sim racer (real racing instructor in real life, race a Lotus Exige) so my entire system is based around racing, mostly Project Cars, iRacing and Dirt Rally. I do play some flight sims like Elite Dangerous so I was pretty psyched with Eve: Valkerie.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way - don't at all want to seem like a douche/ass/prick, but also want to show that I do know what I'm talking about and am not some total newbie idiot. I've been sold on VR for a long time, in concept anyway and believe that 20+ years from now we'll look back on it as the 2nd big shift in computing, after the IBM Jr. / Home PC. I haven't used DK2 in a very long time as when I did it was far too low quality for me with the SDE (screen door effect) way too intense. I'm somewhat overly sensitive to that as I'm also a home theatre buff and had one of the early home theatre projectors back in the mid-90's, a Sharp HomeVision that was something like 640x480 so at 100" HUGE SDE. I knew that was a small issue still with most reviews saying it went away almost instantly as everything else is so good and intense. Ok, let's get started with my issues.
The SDE is HUGE. As in I can't stand it HUGE. It's an issue everywhere. It doesn't go away and I can never stop seeing it. Even in a dark game like Eve I see it constantly and can't stop letting it drive me crazy. It's like it's just constantly ruining everything for me. Next I'm constantly seeing a blur from the lenses to my eyes. I think it's something to do with the moisture that develops on my cheeks almost instantly. I keep 3 fans pointed at my face with one pointing up from underneath to get some airflow into the headset and while that helps it doesn't eliminate the sweat. I'm seated (in my Obutto Ozone cockpit) in a basement room that's very cool compared to the house (probably 65 at the highest) so not a hot room. After 20+ minutes of time I have to take the headset off for a few minutes to cool my face off and let all the sweat dry enough to get another 10-20 minutes.
When I play Project Cars my thoughts are "this looks horrible, the graphics quality is awful and the SDE is HUGE". The reviews I read are exactly the opposite, they talk about how amazing it looks, they can't believe their eyes, they are "driving a car" not playing a game. For me I couldn't feel more the opposite. When I play my 3 27" setup, on full Ultra at 90+ FPS it looks STUNNING. Everyone that plays it can't believe how real and amazing it looks. I put on the headset and it's like I've stepped back 10 years in quality. It's blurry (as previously noted) and again the SDE is huge. I swear I keep thinking they put DK2 screens in my CV1 headset.
So, ok, that's enough for now. I have many other complaints, in fact the only thing I can say good about it is the head tracking is incredibly perfect and smooth. I am pretty blown away they can do that so perfectly without it ever once jumping or glitching, it really is impressive. Everything else to my eyes, well, sucks. I just read someone's first impression of the Dinosaur that attacks you in the theatre and how incredible it was. My first impression of that was "are you kidding, this looks AWFUL."
Is it me??? If so please help me fix me?? Do I just have far too high expectations?? Help me please?!?!?! :-)