Virtual Reality is slowly, but surely becoming popular in the gaming industry. Although, many gamers do not own a VR headset either because of its expensive price point, the demand for a high-end PC, or in many cases, both. Those looking to experience VR without breaking major bank explore cheaper options, including the Google Cardboard. Despite the Google Cardboard having extreme technical limitations when compared to PC VR headsets such as the HTC VIve and Oculus Rift, Cardboard owners now have a chance experience high-end VR gaming in the form of VRidge.
VRidge is an emulating software and streaming platform created by RiftCat and allows users to stream and play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift games from a Windows PC onto their smartphone. To put it simply, your PC does all the processing and streaming through the RiftCat client, while the actual VRidge application displays game, while the smartphone and Google Cardboard are used to provide motion sensing and head tracking.
While this is a fantastic and ambitious way for those to experience games from these high-end headsets, VRidge, by no means is a replacement for the products, but rather a way for those to experience in VR gaming before committing to one headset or the other.
Additionally, this week the company announced a new update, VRidge 2.0, which will launch on January 30 and features a slew of new features including multi-language support and a new user interface.
Currently, VRidge is available now as a beta, which you can download now with a free trial and full version (which is a one-time price of 14 Euros/17.14 USD). For more information on VRidge, check out the official website as well as the PC configuration requirements needed to run the software below.
|OS||Windows 8.1 (AMD) or Windows 7 (NVidia)||Windows 10|
|CPU||i5-2500 equivalent or greater||i5-4590 equivalent or greater|
|System Memory||4GB RAM or more||8GB RAM or more|
|Video Card||NVidia GeForce GTX 650 or greater with NVENC support
AMD Radeon 7750 or greater with VCE 1.0+ support
|NVidia GeForce GTX 970 or greater with NVENC support
AMD Radeon 290 or greater with VCE 1.0+ support
|Mobile Phone||Android 5.0+ smartphone||Android 5.0+ smartphone with gyroscope|
|Cardboard viewer||Any cardboard-compatible mobile viewer||Any cardboard-compatible mobile viewer|
|Connection||2.4GHz WiFi router or USB 2.0 cable||5GHz WiFi router or USB 3.0 cable|