VR headsets in development, the best is still yet to come
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive experience in which your head movements are tracked in a three dimensional world, making it suited to games and even movies.
Here a list of VR headsets and which one should you choose ?
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung’s entry into VR has delivered one of the best all-round and consumer friendly headsets on the market, albeit, with a restrictive walled garden that we’re becoming accustomed to with its wearable offerings.
The Gear VR is an Oculus Rift powered device that uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 acting as its processor and display. The Note 4 simply slots in front of the lenses, into a Micro USB dock, and uses its 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display as your screen. What you get is a split VR resolution of 1280 x 1440 for each eye. That’s with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 96 degree field of view.
Of course, Oculus Rift is the virtual reality headset that started the current hysteria . Developed by 21-year-old engineer Palmer Luckey, funded via Kickstarter and snapped by by Facebook for a cool $2bn, the Rift plugs into your computer's DVI and USB ports and tracks your head movements to provide 3D imagery to its stereo screens.
The latest version – dubbed Crescent Bay – brings 360 degree perspectives and 1080p visuals to the table, as well as supercharged head tracking, so it can detect infinitesimally small movements.
The device that took everyone off guard, Microsoft HoloLens is half virtual and half augmented reality. The device merges real world elements with virtual ‘holographic’ images, meaning you can look at your Minecraft world on your kitchen table, or walk around the surface of Mars in your living room.
Using Kinect-style tech to recognise gestures and voice commands, the headset has a 120 degree field of vision on both axis, and is capable of ‘high definition’ visuals. What’s more, there’s no connection to a PC – a full Windows 10 system is built into the headset and runs off a battery. Yes, we can’t wait to see how long that lasts either.
There’s no word on a release date, and it’s unlikely to be a reality until 2016.
Sony Project Morpheus
Morpheus, Sony’s VR headset for PlayStation, is “just an R&D project” according to European PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, so we’re not expecting it to land any time soon. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not darned exciting.
While its specs lag a little behind the latest version of Oculus and Samsung Gear VR – there’s only a 90 degree field of vision – there’s 1080p for each eye, and a list of compatible games that would make any PlayStation fan salivate.
This simply need to happen.