For users who own a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset like an Oculus Go or HTC Vive Focus, they have notable advantages in terms of price and portability compared to the PC VR cousins like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but there is a sacrifice to be made in that much content available on those platforms is not compatible with lower-spec standalone devices. However, there is an answer, with a useful bit of software called VRidge.
VRidge from RiftCat has been available since 2016, granting users of mobile VR devices such as the Samsung Gear VR the ability to play high-end VR content on the go. The latest update for the software introduces support for standalone VR devices such as the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Focus.
VRidge 2.2 brings in new features and improvements that allows users of standalone devices to stream PC VR content on the go. This follows on from an announcement earlier this year that HTC were relying on VRidge technology to enable wireless PC VR streaming on the HTC Vive Focus.
In addition to the newly added hardware support, VRidge 2.2 adds an improved jitter reduction algorithm and lets users play with the type of 3-DoF controllers typically bundles with standalone VR headsets. This uses the touchpad on the controller in a way which makes up for the fewer buttons available on these controllers.
“We are now supporting all major mobile VR platforms so further VRidge expansion will no longer be limited. I encourage everyone to try out the new version to be able to experience the best PC VR games with their mobile VR devices.” said Marek Antoniuk, CEO of RiftCat
Additional languages are now supported in the software, with Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian and Bulgarian being added and other language packs getting an overhaul. Many of these language modules were user-created, however, so quality may vary.