RiftCat’s VRidge lets you play PC VR games through mobile headsets

Right now the barrier to entry to advanced VR is formidable.

Systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are too expensive for most, considering the pricey equipment (around $1,000 CAD) is combined with the cost of a high-end gaming rig.

RiftCat is aiming to dismantle that barrier — or at least give users a glimpse of what VR can be — with its new VRidge software which allows users to mirror and play high-end 3D games using inexpensive headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR (though not Google Daydream, yet).

The app uses the on-board positioning technology in users’ smartphones to identify the user’s head position, adding to a more enriched experience. Meanwhile, a relatively active community on the VRidge subreddit is working on hacks involving PS Move or Leap Motion in order to create a form of room-sensing technology.

VRidge is now out of beta and fully available for a one-time purchase of $15 CAD. A free trial version is also available, allowing for ten minutes of gameplay.

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