My previous post about Virtual Reality (VR) generally focused on introducing you to the basic concept of what VR is, how it works, why it is so significant, and what potential it has in the future. This post will mainly focus on what we’re actually about to see. Very soon. After painfully waiting years for the Oculus and other VR headsets to come out, the two main players (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) are finally about to be released within the next couple weeks.
Oculus Rift (left) and HTC Vive (right)
These two headsets are the Ferrari’s of the VR world. With the Rift costing $600 and the Vive at $800, these are the headsets that will convince even the most skeptical people that VR is the real deal.
Within a week, you will be able to experience hundreds of games and experiences that you could never realistically expect to be able to do in real life. Issues like the screen door effect are almost solved completely.
For the premium VR headsets, the screen door effect shown above has been greatly improved, therefor allowing a more immersive experience.
With these two headsets be the poster child of VR, what will probably concrete VR into mainstream, will be Sony’s PSVR that will be released in about 6 months time. For only $399, the PSVR isn’t as powerful and has worse resolution (screen-door effect) than the premium headsets, but the target audience is the nearly $40 million PS4 owners that need their console in order to use PSVR.
Possibly one of the most exciting ideas that already exists, is a warehouse in Utah called The Void (check out there amazing website). With their custom headset and their warehouse, you can enter a virtual world with obstacles and turns are accurate with the real obstacle and turns in the actual warehouse. Being able to actually run around in a huge virtual world is really the best option you can get. So if you find yourself in Utah anytime soon, check The Void for only $30 for a half-hour.
For the most convenient VR headset, one should purchase a GearVR, a headset that only needs your Samsung phone at and affordable $99. The experience may not be the greatest, as all of the computing power is coming from your phone, but it is the best option for most people.