Fancy a peek at a video and some screenshots and gifs from Dota 2‘s [official site] newly arrived VR spectator mode? The video has snippets of what you can expect if you boot up VR Spectator Mode at the moment and you’ll find that just after the jump!
For the screenshots use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard or the arrows above (and then below because our gallery likes to be contrary) the image*.
It starts off boring because I think the Dota 2 servers are having issues today so me clicking to join the lobby was just not registering for ages and then I got a replay error. I’m leaving it in because I wanted to show you what the experience I had was actually like and it wasn’t all positive.
BUT! Despite some of the clunkiness it is also spectacular to see and there is also weird awkward controller dancing, a close-up of Roshan’s undercarriage and a peek at the ace player champion representations:
There’s also a hero showcase mode where you can take a look at your heroes and their respective loadouts up close:
I’m not sure how much I’ll be using the mode to spectate actual matches – I still find my eyes feeling really strained after a while in VR so a long match might necessitate a lie down and an ice pack. Plus there’s also the issue that sometimes the work Vive’s wonky base station will suddenly tip the whole virtual room 90 degrees. But as a showcase of what’s possible and how it might affect or augment esports viewing it’s pretty darn cool.
And now STILL IMAGES! As I say, use the arrows on the page or your left and right arrow keys…
*Seriously, take my advice and use the arrow keys. They don’t jump around.