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vSpatial: App overview by XR4work

What is it?

**vSpatial is a VR-based application that remotely connects to your PC desktop, to bring the power of your PC into your VR headset. **It uses a client installed on the PC to communicate with your headset locally over a local area network or through the internet connecting through the vSpatial communications server so that you can use your PC through your headset from anywhere you can get an internet connection.

Who is vSpatial for?

vSpatial is for individual users looking to leverage the power of VR in performing their daily PC based work and activities. Additionally, users and groups looking to work and collaborate in VR and need the power, resources and applications provided through the desktop, would find vSpatial an ideal platform.

What does vSpatial run on?

The vSpatial client runs on a Windows 10 based computer. vSpatial provides applications for several different VR HMD’s. They presently support Oculus Quest and Rift, and the steam platform headsets, Windows mixed reality, Index and Vive.

What are the features of vSpatial?

vSpatial uses a concept of a futuristic digital office in which to place the user. When the user enters their office, they are looking out across a desk at a 360 image that surrounds the space. VSpatial provides 6 stock 360 images to use based on your preference. The main control panel hovers in front of and just above the user’s head where they access many of the features of the application. Open to the left are controls in widgets that affect the settings and configurations of vSpatial. Once the connection is made to the host computer, the user can access the full desktop and all its applications and resources using the controllers or hand tracking. As applications are launched they become available to be pulled down into the circular carousel that surrounds the user. Each application becomes a discrete window in that carousel.

Users can invite and add other users to their vSpatial contacts list. From the contact list, you can then invite and start meetings of up to sixteen individuals, who appears seated at the desk across from you. VSpatial utilizes the Oculus Avatar system to represent users. In the case of the steam client, users select a pre-configured avatar for use in meetings. During meetings users can share individual desktops for applications with other users allowing multiple users to share multiple screens at the same time.

The Quest release offers the ability to map the Logitech k830 keyboard and use hand tracking for typing and mouse entry. Quest also provides an in app camera allowing the user to participate in video conferences using their avatar while in vSpatial.

There are differences in the future set’s and version releases between the Quest platform and the steam platform. While meetings can be held within vSpatial across the platforms there are some functionality differences that may crop up. For instance, there is no hand tracking or in app camera support in the steam version. Users also can only connect locally using the steam version. However, since the Steam version is running on the actual PC the headset is connected to, this allows more simultaneous windows open at a time. Remote connectivity over the internet is only possible with the Quest at the moment.

What is the cost of vSpatial?

Presently you can try vSpatial for free and access your desktop and applications from within your VR headset.

The pricing model at present is based on feature sets. Users can get the virtual webcam and mic for a onetime fee of $3.99. They can access the remote desktop features over the internet for $4.99 a month. And can access the collaboration features to connect with up to 16 users for $5.99 a month.

vSpatial plans to offer Pro and Enterprise tiers in the near future bundling some of the feature-set mentioned along with new offerings.

XR4work assessment of vSpatial

  • Consumption/Retention of Information: 5/5 (How well can users access and refer to info in the environment)
  • Production/Efficiency of Creating Content: 4/5 (How well can users create content in the app)
  • Flow/Ergonomics of UI: 4/5 (How easy is it for users to navigate and use the environment and tools)
  • Social/Collaboration Features: 3/5 (How well can users interact and work together in the app)
  • Value: 5/5 (Total cost of ownership relative to offering and other similar platforms)

Written by Rick Casteel / XR4work

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