All six of them had tried out the Gear VR before, four of them wore glasses :
- None of them wanted to even try wearing their glasses in the CV1 (only one out of four had small enough glasses anyway).
- The two who didn't wear glasses were able to confirm that the display felt noticeably superior (despite the Gear VR boasting a higher resolution).
- The two who were given a chance to walk in first person at the end of their session got motion sickness within minutes (despite using my sea-bands, and being warned not to use the right thumbstick for rotating the view which they did anyway).
- Only one of them was aware of hand controllers and asked about it (I explained the multiple reasons for their delay).
- Five out of six ended up on their smartphone instead of watching on the huge TV what the sixth one with the CV1 was doing : My friends are all smartphone addicts ^^°°°
- At the end all six wondered why a high end VR headset didn't include the focus
dial of a cheap Gear VR (no idea because I don't remember Oculus VR ever officially
explaining it, just random guys providing their own speculation about it. My own random speculation is that after working on the CV1 for years, Oculus VR employees all went lenses/lasik and lost touch with the real world users who didn't, don't want to and won't).
- Also I ran into multiple Xbox disconnect issues from running the CV1 further
away from the PC then I usually do : Now I know why there's an extension cable included
for the gamepad dongle.
- Don't use ANY motion sickness inducing software on a first day, no matter how good it is : My biggest and most obvious mistake, after forgetting how bad it was on my own first day.
- Watching someone use VR even on a huge TV screen ends up boring (despite providing each user a different set of VR experiences), and Oculus VR is missing out the ability for a bunch of VR users to interact with the single CV1 user, which might become a big selling point for the Playstation VR instead : Not a big issue (invite less people at a time), but Oculus VR could have encouraged that kind of hybrid interaction by including a handful of their (super cheap ?) remotes instead of the single one.
- Glass wearers spoiled by the Gear VR won't even try fitting their glasses in a VR Headset (and even less go buy themselves a pair of VR glasses small enough to fit) : They want a focus dial.
I did have Hydra Controllers stored away, but was saving them for the next time : Not just the cable issue, but I guessed after introducing the first one to 6D input they would have all lost interest in anything else I could show them this first time, as surely as with the Gear VR they had already lost any interest in using anything less then a focus dial.
I mentioned glasses a lot, but that's because a majority of four out of six of them lost out on their CV1 experience for being glass wearers, which left even the two non glass wearers puzzled about how Samsung managed to pull it off right last year with a 99$ product. With the lack of focus dial being the main issue none of them otherwise complained about the cable, god rays, tracking, latency, headset comfort or any other issue getting in their way.
Cameras have had this for years, Binoculars also cater for all. Strange that R&D (research and development) never made this a priority @ Oculus... maybe it was statistically too un-worthwhile?
Like the OP I have invited folk over to use the Rift. Most have preferred to take their glasses off and put contact lenses in to enjoy the experience after struggling with their glasses.
Six people to show off VR is too much to handle.. as folk get bored watching everyone else having vr fun. In the times when I’ve introduced VR, two friends at a time I’ve nurtured the experience starting with “Dreamdeck’ then a few “Mr Robot” experiences and videos & then if they are still standing carefully coaxed them on to a roller coaster or two - whilst sitting. 9 times out of ten they need to lie down for a while till they are capable of taking on more.
This VR thing is something else if you’re not prep'd for it. Hold a hand (or something) sit down or show them a bucket before VR !
Well out of 5 people I know who were given the option to use a Gear VR without their glasses, none of them wanted to go back to wearing them in a VR headset (and none of them bought contact lenses for the sake of VR either).
I think given the option right now I'd probably
rather wear my glasses. It's completely hassle free VS having to take
off my glasses, find somewhere safe to put them, then put on the HMD.