I hope this is only temporary focus based decision and that it will be reimplemented once the HMD sprints are over. But I fear the worst as why not just leave it in its state and getting around to reworking it later.
Not that happy of that decision if permanent. .
Especially since I didnt seem to have major issues with DDE at all, other than the restructure of the menu hiding the darn calibration button. which one expects from these things:
###So here are my questions:
Is this temporary? If Not following questions apply.
Will there be a system to replace it? If Not:
So HiFi will focus on exclusively HMD experiences? If this is true, you may want to update the website to state it instead of
Whether from a laptop with a webcam or with a head-mounted display, High Fidelity’s free platform faithfully captures the way we move and communicate, creating the possibility for lifelike and emotional interactions.
And Under the Hood feature of Facial feature aware, all features which would no longer apply.
If Exclusive HMD experiences is the target, how do you plan on competing against products that do these much better already? Especially if FB is working on something.
How can you differentiate HiFi from other competitors HMD based VRW? “Openness and Free” isn’t too much of a deal for regular end users.
How can you differentiate HiFi from WebVR platforms? They are catching up.
How do you keep end users without more end users?
How do you keep end users in without Content Creators?
How can you keep Content creators in without end users?
How HiFi will stay afloat?
To Be Blunt, I am upset if it is removed permanently, as it may be shown for me editing this same post upto 30+ times.
For me, it is one of the key points that made High Fidelity different and superior to all the other countless and growing amount of Social VRW platforms. It is something that made me tolerate all the Blender related insanity, and spending time getting avatars to work on HiFi, and the lack of a text chat and better social tools because it was a feature I saw that would bring Social VRW out of the woodworks and be a gateway for non-HMD users to migrate into HMD users over a long period of time. instead of attempting to get every user to be a HMD user.
With the amount of owners of FaceRig, I’d say there is an opportunity for a Social Platform to have facial tracking, especially for one based on close interaction and Peripherals. It has sold that many, even though it simply just runs on people just using it as a emulated webcam who just use existing communication tools like skype.
Keeping it also in mind, as next generation of HMD head sets may have sensor in the foam to check changes in expression, as well as mouth tracking: it would be good to have support for such input already in, and have avatars supporting it way before anyone else implements them. It would also allow for non-HMD users to a way to express and communicate with each other, without hand controllers and HMD head tracking.
As a Content Creator, without a feature to keep non-HMD users in, I just feel that High Fidelity is too risky of a time investment. Userbase is not a drive as of this moment, so instead so far I’ve been going by faith in the features. I just don’t see HMDs and Gesture driven controllers to be a major driving force for VRW until they become much more affordable: instead it will be the userbase. And for userbases to thrive there needs to be better social tools and social features that differentiate Hifi from the other worlds for both HMD and Non-HMD users alike.
If focusing on HMD releases, why has High Fidelity stayed so quiet with external HMD community PR: there is only a few months remaining before first units ship, yet it is relatively unknown in any of the HMD communities.
At very minimum give us much, much better Blendshape control support via scripts.
- then give us the ability for the scripts to listen for local events from a third party app,
- maybe we will see face tracking as a plugin instead of how it is now…
I’d be ok for creating expressions for a while with just hud buttons. Until someone figures out how to make a separate add on that interfaces with the script, sorta like faceshift.