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Will this be the death of mechanical pinball?

By Davidus56

3 years ago

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    #173 2 years ago

    I'm currently in the process of building a virtual reality pinball setup to be used with my Oculus Rift. I tried out Pinball FX2 a couple weeks ago in the Rift and have been extremely impressed. Full size virtual pinball cabinets have always felt off to me to the point that I don't think they are worth it. However, I'm sold on VR pinball. Its immersive, very high quality (will only get better) and all in 3D video as well as sound.

    Pinball Arcade is still coming to the Oculus Rift according to Farsight, for now Pinball FX2 is the only official VR pinball game released but damn its good.

    The cost of the entire setup including my PC which is on the higher end side is probably around $2500.

    I'll post some info and pics on the VR cabinet controller I'm making once its done. The cabinet for mine was built by someone local who builds professional looking pinball and arcade cabinets, its exactly made to the specs of the first 10 inches or so of a real pinball cabinet.

    For now heres an example of what someone else did. I plan to use mine as a VR Mame controller as well.

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    #175 2 years ago
    Quoted from lpeters82:

    I'm sure there is a reason, but why legs versus a wall mount? Do you have tilt sensors?

    Thats a good idea as well and would help save space. I want to be able to move mine around if I need to and figured I could move it in front of a TV for other arcade games if I choose to.

    I'm going a bit crazy with my setup. Adding a coin door, lockdown bar, side rails, metal legs, and trying my best to do a nice paint job for it. The new cabinet parts I ordered are going on a real pinball machine and I'm putting the ones I pulled off on the VR pin controller.

    I will be using an accelerometer board for nudging.

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    #206 2 years ago

    What I find funny, and frustrating, is that the "Stern Pinball Arcade" seems very inferior to the standard Pinball Arcade by Farsight, especially in VR. Everything in the Stern specific version seems off and not as polished as the standard game which appears to be higher quality.

    #208 2 years ago
    Quoted from FlippyD:

    I guess they are just trying to be accurate to real life?

    Lol! That seems to be the case. Now waiting for a code update for the game, will check back in 6+ months...

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