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  02 February 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 and VR - questions

...It seems from a cursory glance at the VR landscape, that the only reasonable option to experience, and get into authoring VR at the moment, is... GearVR.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+, (which launch today), the higher end one will have 8 Gigs RAM, if I'm right. And the DeX dock which makes it a computer, so you can author VR on it.
So, my questions are:
1) Is 8 Gigs enough to run Unreal Engine on the thing? I don't just mean startup and show me a splash screen or something, I mean - actually get stuff DONE in it, ie. it must be smooth enough to give wings to my creativity.....?
2) Is it possible to author VR in Blender? Like, the game engine? If so, how well does this option stack up against the others? Hard/easy to learn? Capable/incapable? Resource hog/Not resource hog?
and 3) Small question - how does one make MONEY from VR pieces? Is there a Youtube for VR or something??
Thanks for your help.
 
  02 February 2018
Does the unreal editor work on android? I dont think so
Also never heared of blender running on it, but its open source so maybe its out there...
 
  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by iamhereintheworld: how does one make MONEY from VR pieces?
Make something people are willing to pay for?
 
  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by ACiD80: Does the unreal editor work on android? I dont think so

Uhh no - this phone will run Linux! Read this:

https://www.theinquirer.net/inquire...l-desktop-linux
 
  02 February 2018
Btw, it wasn't 8 Gigs, it was 6! :(
 
  02 February 2018
out of curiosity, once you have linux running on it what do you plan doing with it?
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  02 February 2018
Even if you get it running I'm skeptical you'll be able to do much of anything with 6gb, smartphone CPU and no GPU in Unreal/Unity - VR or no VR.

Things may change in an update or two because of EEVEE, but right now the Blender game engine is not really something anyone seems to use and hasn't been updated in quite a few years. You'll want to be using a dedicated game engine, use Blender for modeling/animation.
 
  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by NorthernDoubt: out of curiosity, once you have linux running on it what do you plan doing with it?

Run Blender and UE if I can, as I said above....? ( I don't even HAVE the phone right now, I have *vague* plans of buying it or a Note, depending on whether I can author VR on it....)
 
  02 February 2018
And why would you run it on the phone? While its much easier to just run it on a pc or laptop?
 
  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by ACiD80: And why would you run it on the phone? While its much easier to just run it on a pc or laptop?

Because I have to get the phone to EXPERIENCE VR, and there's no way I'm buying it AND a kickass PC due to lack of Cash!
 
  02 February 2018
as whatunaccompanieddminor said, the specs are too low for you to accomplish much on that, i doubt UE4 will even install due to the hardware it requires to run on. I had a 24core 128gb workstation that would struggle with some VR stuff I was doing in UE4. You need an absolute massive amount of hard drive space - you will fill 128gb fairly quickly, you need to compile to android using plugins which im not sure would run even through a virtual host.

Im not saying it cannot be done, im just thinking out loud here - I would say purchasing the PC and Phone for VR testing would be the hassle free way to go, your going to come up against a lot of roadblocks. But saying that, im keen to hear what you come up with

There is also cheaper ways to experience VR. I purchased a Google Cardboard VR headset for $15 and it arrived within 4 days. I was porting small tests to it the next day after reading a bit of the manual, installing all the plugins etc, theres much better ways to go about this using a standard smartphone, and some cheap tools if you really have to experience it
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  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by iamhereintheworld: Because I have to get the phone to EXPERIENCE VR, and there's no way I'm buying it AND a kickass PC due to lack of Cash!

ACiD80 is asking you why you would make content on a phone instead of a PC and thentesting on a phone. You don't need to produce VR content in VR.

A Galaxy S9+ with the latest Gear VR headset runs near $1000 USD - that's enough money to build a cheap VR capable PC ($600) and buy an Oculus Rift ($399).
 
  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by unaccompanieddminor: ACiD80 is asking you why you would make content on a phone instead of a PC and thentesting on a phone. You don't need to produce VR content in VR.

A Galaxy S9+ with the latest Gear VR headset runs near $1000 USD - that's enough money to build a cheap VR capable PC ($600) and buy an Oculus Rift ($399).
This is a good idea.
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  02 February 2018
Originally Posted by unaccompanieddminor: A Galaxy S9+ with the latest Gear VR headset runs near $1000 USD - that's enough money to build a cheap VR capable PC ($600) and buy an Oculus Rift ($399).

OOO! Is that so??!! I always thought a VR PC would be a BOMB, like, many thousands of dollars,...latest GTX1080 and all.... Thanks for the info and for correcting me, man!
What's the *min* spec one needs for doing VR, vid card wise? And mobo and CPU-wise as well...?
 
  02 February 2018
Btw, I don't think Oculus Rift is available in my country, though I'll have to check. ...and I'm not exactly Zuckerberg's No. 1 fan either.
 
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