Virtual reality is picking up its pace in such a rate that earlier we could see one or two major VR headsets being introduced every year, but now there’s a dozen of them showcased at a certain tech event. 2016 is the year when you might see the major tech brands coming up with their VR headsets, but you already have a good number of options to look at if you are a tech enthusiasts and have no budget restrictions when looking to purchase one of these geeky headsets.
Earlier, VR tech had slow innovation and growth, and in the recent times, there are a lot of them and these coming from top smartphone manufacturers indicate that they do have a serious future ahead. Here are some of the best VR headsets for a person with no budget constraints.
Someone who has, at least, some knowledge of Virtual Reality will know Oculus for the work it does in this field. The company had an interesting story, with a Kickstarter campaign to begin with, and then getting acquired by Facebook.
Display for each eye, richly loaded with sensors and headphones as well in the headset, the Oculus Rift is a premium device that actually has started delivering what it is supposed to. About a 500 pound is the initial price for the basic kit.
Samsung Gear VR
You can trust Samsung to do very well when it comes to anything around tech products. The Gear VR was one of the early VR headsets, and it was in partnership with Oculus. This was probably the first headset to support a smartphone and you didn’t need any connectivity to the PC.
The Gear VR doesn’t cost a bomb, so that’s an added advantage over the other players currently, and with the support from Oculus, you are going to see a lot of content already available to the users.
The VR headset from Sony could probably be a game changer, for the reason that you aren’t even talking about PCs or smartphones but the actual Playstation console to work with this. If you are a gamer, there are more than a few reasons why you should already be excited about the PlayStation VR, which is said to be coming later this year.
The VR headset might probably work as an accessory to an already well-made PlayStation, so you will be all sorted about the content already. It’ll just be interesting to see what Sony is planning to charge for it, and we are sure it won’t be selling at a very affordable price.
Running on the concept like Oculus Rift, the Vive headset looks splendid and is supposed to work with a powerful PC. How this is different from the former, is that you don’t have to hook it up to the PC and can move around in a room, giving you a virtual room-like experience.
There’s a hand controller separately available, and the only downside with the Vive headset could be that there is no headphone attached, so you will have to wear one separately. There is a set of sensors included in the headset.
The development of Vive is not done just by HTC, but it is a collaborative effort along with Valve, the company that owns Steam. The headset costs $799, and it although might one of the most expensive ones in the list, there is a lot to expect from it.
LG 360 VR
This isn’t comparing itself with the ones that we listed above, but coming from a company as big as LG, the 360 VR should surely be in the list even if it is announced just as an accessory to the latest LG G5 smartphone.
The headset doesn’t work wirelessly, though, since you would have to connect it with the smartphone using the Type-C cable. There are two separate displays, each having a size of 1.8-inch, and it has both, physical controls as well as sensors for virtual controls. We aren’t sure about the price yet, but the LG 360 VR does look good enough for those who would want a perfectly matching headset for their smartphone, and in this case, we talk of the LG G5.
So, you might see a lot more options when you actually get to visit one of the tech events, but pretty sure you don’t want to risk your money on the newer startups who themselves are in the learning process.
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Chetan Bhawani is a Dentist, a Tech enthusiast and a Blogger who runs Gizmo Times.