Best Virtual Reality Headsets for Gaming and Beyond
All virtual reality headsets work together with a good pair of headphones. Other accessories also exists such as hand controllers and treadmills all designed to enhance the user’s simulation experience of being in another world. Hand controllers convert real-world gestures into the appropriate application environment used.
Virtual reality gaming provides gamers a different kind of experience that feels like the real thing. The experience is however, limited because of the cables attached to the handsets that restrict movement or even exposing gamers to injuries and accidents. Research has revealed the most practical solution to be putting an entire computer in a backpack to allow continuous streaming of high-resolution data into the headsets without space limitation. The following is a range of the best virtual reality Headsets available for gaming and beyond.
HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation designed to utilize room scale technology converts a room into 3D space by sensors. With the virtual world, HTC Vive allows the user to navigate naturally. It provides the ability to walk around by aid of handheld controllers for motion tracking to clearly manipulate objects and experience immersive environments.
Sony PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR is a virtual reality head-mounted display developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sony aims for the PlayStation VR to be more than a solitary experience by including a feature called VR Social Screen, which shows what is on the headset on your TV screen, so friends can join in or watch. The design of PlayStation VR is such as full support of the PlayStation 4 home video game console.
The game player acts differently relative to players without the headset. With PlayStation VR system, the television can either mirror the picture displayed on the headset or display a separate image in the case of competitive or cooperative game play.
Samsung Gear VR
The Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics, in collaboration with Oculus, and manufactured by Samsung. It makes use of a compatible Samsung Galaxy device which acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself acts as the controller, which contains the high field of view, as well as a custom inertial measurement unit for keeping track of rotation linked to the phone by micro-USB.
The Gear VR headset also has a touchpad, back side button and proximity sensor to detect when the headset is on.
Google Cardboard and Daydream
Cardboard was Google’s first commercial attempt at virtual reality, and truly the headsets were made of actual cardboard. Software for Google’s Cardboard and Daydream built into the new Android smartphones as well as hardware, in the form of headsets and handheld controllers.
Google’s headset is made of fabric and comes with a motion controller that translates various gestures into apps and games. Google targets to release a new VR SDK, which will include an API for using the Daydream View controller as the Cardboard button for Android smartphones. Thereafter, all apps designed based on Cardboard shall start working in the Daydream View without a much difficulty.