Top choices in VR headsets
What in the 90s was more or less impossible to achieve is today just within your grasp.
Virtual reality (VR) is the newest technological toy on the market and with the latest addition of VR headsets still in the works, we are now faced with incredible options.
Even though this technology is relatively new, you can already choose from which developer you want to purchase your very first VR kit. However, if you’re unsure for various reasons, we’ve provided a sensible list of what there already is out there to help with your final decision.
The VR Gear from Samsung
It is a little weird to think that Samsung has gotten their hands into the VR department but don’t be too quick to judge!
Their Gear VR is mainly just your everyday Galaxy Note 4 combined with an Oculus Rift powered device. All you have to do is simply insert the Note 4 into a Micro USB dock in front of the lenses then you’ll have a split VR resolution of 1280 x 1440 (exactly half of Note 4’s 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display) for each eye. The refresh rate is of 60HZ and you also have a 96 degree field view.
The Rift by Oculus VR
The kickstarter for the VR frenzy, Oculus Rift was conceived by Palmer Luckey, a 21-year-old engineer.
Easy to install, all you have to do is plug the Rift into your PC’s DVI and USB ports. The headset will then track your head’s movements in order to provide an accurate 3D imagery. The Crescent Bay, the latest Rift version comes equipped with 1080p Full HD visuals and 360 degree perspective along with a more advanced head tracking system.
The HoloLens by Microsoft
Microsoft’s HoloLens is the news nobody expected. This device produces a hybrid of virtual and augmented reality, giving you the possibility to go about your daily life and play games at the same time.
It’s battery powered, has a 120 degree field of vision and runs with Windows 10 system, thus requiring no connection to your PC.
However, we don’t expect this device until 2016.
The Morpheus Project by Sony
Intended as a simple ‘R&D project’ according to Jim Ryan, head of the European PlayStation, Sony’s VR headset Morpheus has 1080p for each eye but a 90 degree field of view.
There’s no word yet as to when it will be released.
VR One by Carl Zeiss
While Samsung’s Gear VR is limited to Note 4, Zeiss VR One works with any iOS and Android device between 4.7 and 5.2 inches.
It comes with a picture and YouTube friendly media player as well as an AR app for augmented experiences. Its open source Unity3D SDK promises future developments.
Glyph by Avegant
The latest VR headset from Avegant is a lot more sleek and smaller than its predecessors. The Glyph uses a set of micro mirrors in order to reflect images directly into your retina, your eyes enjoying an even 1280 x 720 despite its 45 degree flied of view.
$499, avegant.com (autumn 2015)
OSVR by Razer
Even though Razer’s VR headset is incomparable with Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus or Samsung Gear VR, it’s ‘open source’ could be a game changer if and when it will be made commercially available.
Cardboard by Google
When Google announced that their version of a VR headset is to simply put your smartphone in a cardboard box which you then strap to your head, a lot of people thought it was a joke.
But the joke was on us because it really works seen as how your smartphone alone has all the necessary gyroscopic sensors and positioning systems for head movement-tracking. It’s low price could open the VR world for just about everyone too.
The Archos VR Headset
Similar to Google Cardboard, the October announced Archos VR Headset works with any 6 inch (or lower) smartphone and is iOS, Andriod and Windows Phone friendly.