For 20 years, virtual reality (VR, VR) was a potential, unsuccessful conceptual technology. But the state of things changed: now BP has proved that this is something more than just a fantasy of geeks. It fiercely moves towards the mainstream, starting with consumer VR helmets designed for daily entertainment and information use, and increasingly supported by the fast-growing market for VR applications. Even Tim Cook acknowledged this phenomenon, which may indicate the imminent introduction of Apple in this direction. Taking this into account, it’s time to list the most popular available devices for viewing VR-content. New teechnolog takling its place and new smartphones ae breaking the bondries check latest smartphones with stylus.
Google Cardboard (costs $ 10-25) and its interpretation from different manufacturers perform the same function: they turn any smartphone into a device for viewing BP. Aimed at the newcomers to virtual reality, who want to understand around what all this hype. Google Cardboard, in fact, proves that the VR-device can be assembled from a cardboard package. With it, you can use the Cardboard App or any of hundreds of other applications or games available for this platform.
With Google Cardboard you will have a minimum experience of using VR: most sets go without headlamp, and the picture will be as good as the resolution of your smartphone. If you like Google Cardboard you will have an initial idea about BP and you will be able to more thoroughly approach the choice of a full-fledged device in the future.
Known for its high-quality optics, Zeiss entered the BP arena with its VR One headset for $ 129. Customizable drawers allow the use of any smartphone, and even VR One can be used together with eyeglasses, as this allows the design and quality of the lens. Also, VR One does not need to adjust the distance between the eyes, wipe the lens after fogging, since the design provides a vent, and the front semi-transparent cover allows you to work with augmented reality applications through the smartphone’s camera.
You just can not miss the Merge VR for $ 99. Its bright purple body protects the soft foam core, making the headset amusing enough. The key factor in the Merge VR is comfort.
The headset is compatible with most smartphones released in the last two years. Upstairs she has two buttons for interacting with the phone, also customizable lenses, there is ventilation against fogging, audio connectors, access to the camera for augmented reality applications.
The Homodo Cardboard-compatible headset for $ 120 is quite an easy and convenient copy and is compatible with most smartphones on the market. Additional optical adjustment allows focusing even with myopia or farsightedness, so you can enjoy VR-content without your glasses. Also, Homido has free apps Homido VR Center and Player , which offer a large number of 2D, 3D and 360-video.
A completely new consumer version of the famous Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order for $ 600. This version will have a resolution of 2160×1200, a 110-degree viewing angle and built-in headphones and a microphone. The kit will come with a wireless controller from Xbox One and a small sensor that monitors head movement and allows you to create an impressive 3D space while being attached to your PC. In the second half of 2016, the company plans to release Oculus Touch – controllers that will simulate natural hand movements.
Developed in conjunction with the Valve gaming company, HTC Vive’s VR helmet costs $ 799 and supports the SteamVR platform. For HTC Vive, more space is required in the room than for most VR-devices because the helmet must be connected to the computer for functioning, and two tracking devices must be placed in the room. This distinguishes HTC Vive from competitors, Valve positions this headset as VR for the whole room in which you can move. The main thing is to dodge lamps and furniture.
Previously known as Project Morpheus, the Sony Playstation VR project concentrates on (you will not believe) games. Because of its great experience in consoles, the prototype Sony has a finished, exquisite appearance with a 5.7 ‘OLED display with a resolution of 1080p, a 100-degree field of view, 360-degree tracking of head movements, a frequency of 120 Hz and a response time of less than 18 milliseconds. The headset will connect to Sony PlayStation 4, whose graphics processor is designed to process stereoscopic 3D. The launch date – somewhere in the first half of 2016, the cost is not yet known.
HoloLens ($ 3000 for a set for developers) – the helmet of augmented reality from Microsoft occupies a special place in the niche. Today, it is more a professional tool than a consumer product, and its peculiarity is that, as the name implies, it complements reality, and does not replace it. So using this device will not strain your vision and will not turn your head off HoloLens you see integrated holograms that other people do not see without a helmet. They are based on scripts installed on a computer running Windows 10, which is the heart of HoloLens. Thus, HoloLens simplifies unattached viewing of 3D-objects with high resolution, which in Microsoft’s opinion will be interesting for home, business, academic, scientific, medical, and, of course, gaming tasks.
The choice is always yours, right now you can start looking narrowly at one or the other manufacturer or even abandon this direction, which is likely to deprive you of a lot of interesting impressions.