6 Virtual Reality Headsets That Could Change Home Entertainment Forever
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There has been a lot of buzz on Internet forums recently about Virtual Reality [VR]. This exciting technology could make home entertainment more realistic, more interactive and more thrilling by immersing the user in a fully realistic 3D world.
With a number of different headsets being developed just now, which of the different VR models are most likely to take your breath away?
1) Google Cardboard
It is no surprise to find internet giant Google getting heavily involved in this cutting edge industry. Will they find the same level of success with Cardboard that they have found with Android and with their ubiquitous search engine?
Hopes are certainly high that the Google Cardboard system will be the one that really sparks interest and development in the field of VR. This is because it is a platform that is designed to use with a low cost viewer and with an open source development platform. You can fold your own by following instructions or else by buying a viewer. There are many different easy to assemble models to choose from such as the Google Tech C1- Glass (by Go4d Technology Corp) priced at $14.99, View- Master VR (by Mattel) priced at $29.99, Knox V2 (by Knoxlabs) for $23.95, V2 (by I AM CARDBOARD) for $14.99 and VR ONE GX (by Zeiss) at $120, amongst the few listed on Google.
So far, over 5 million viewers for Cardboard have been sold and over a thousand applications have been made for it.
2) Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft’s VR offering has been in the news lately because of the hologram communication possibilities it offers. The user simply sets up an array of 3D cameras and this will allow each of their holograms to be visible to the other through these gadgets.
Reviews have been positive so far, with the build quality and sound being particularly highly praised. This headset is still called the Development Edition and it seems safe to assume that the final version will see further improvements and the removal of some existing bugs. At around £2000 it is one of the most expensive models around and they started being shipped out on 31st March 2016.
3) Samsung Gear VR
One of the companies that have been working on VR headsets for some time is Samsung. The result is the Gear VR unit, a slick looking headset that is now on its 3rd version. It displays amazing virtual reality worlds that are explored by shaking or moving your head, although you will need a good set of headphones for an immersive audio experience as well. Over 4,000 people recently used them at the same time at the Samsung Mobile World Congress, with great success.
This is one of the most affordable VR units, although at around £100 it is still a long way from Google Cardboard prices. It is designed to convert Galaxy smartphones into virtual reality headsets and offers an impressive experience. It still isn’t perfect but the signs are that Samsung Gear VR could be a genuine contender once this market heats up.
4) Sony PlayStation VR
The approach taken to VR by Sony has been to focus on their PlayStation games console. Their headset has been tagged as being possibly the most affordable of the higher end systems. The screen is a custom OLED display and the 1230Hz, 360 degree vision is accompanied by true 3D audio. It is expected to cost £349 when released in October of 2016.
This VR headset works with a PlayStation 4 and Sony claims that there will be around 50 compatible games on launch. To work fully it also needs you to buy the DualShock 4 controllers, PlayStation Camera and Move controllers as well.
5) HTC Vive
Another interesting VR headset currently being talked about a lot is the HTC Vive. This is still being worked on but it is currently being offered for demonstration purposes across the UK. As well as the headset there is also a backpack that goes with it and adds some vibrating effects to the overall experience. There are 32 headset sensors included, to allow for 360 degree movement tracking.
HTC have teamed up with games developer Valve for this headset. Early reviews suggest a fun and spacious experience that is truly impressive. The amount of quality hardware used in this set up means that you won’t get much change out of £700 if you buy one.
The final of these headsets to look out for is the FireflyVR. Like the offerings from Google and Samsung, this is something that promises to turn your own smartphone into a virtual reality device.
The biggest selling point with this model is that its 120% field of vision is said to be the biggest on the market right now. Other features include anti-fogging lenses, a one-click opening system and a completely wireless design. Expect to pay around £50 for this headset. The build quality is decent and overall it offers an inexpensive way of trying out virtual reality.
It seems clear that virtual reality will play a big part in our gaming, entertainment and possibly even work in the future. Only time will tell which of these models (if any) give us what we want in the long term.
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