Keeping it real: VR gadgets that keep you up to speed

Keeping it real: VR gadgets that keep you up to speed

By Taru Bhatia | | 15 October, 2016
VR devices, virtual reality, entertainment, PLAYSTATION VR, OCULUS RIFT, HTC VIVE, SAMSUNG GEAR VR, LG 360 VR, gadgets
Images that look real aren’t enough these days. We need images that feel real. This is why virtual reality is such a hit in our time, and is poised to become an essential component of the entertainment world in days to come.

Images that look real aren’t enough these days. We need images that feel real. This is why virtual reality is such a hit in our time, and is poised to become an essential component of the entertainment world in days to come. Most big tech firms are hard at work trying to come up with VR devices of their own that will change the way we engage with our gadgets. Competing in this area are major companies like Sony and Google, as well as smaller players looking to make the most of the emerging VR scene. Following below is a compilation of some the more cutting-edge VR gears that are already in the market, though it’s more than likely that they’d soon be replaced by next-generation models.  

PLAYSTATION VR 

The Sony’s PlayStation VR is the most comfortable headset which is also very easier to set up with the help of usable Playstation camera. The device also comes with sweat-inducing sponge which shied your eyes from any other distraction. Once the device is calibrated, PlayStation 4’s menu floats in front of the eyes, awaiting user to start a VR game. PSVR also features few demos of the game like PlayStation VR Worlds, RIGS, and Battlezone. The gadget utilize the PS4's controller’s motion sensors giving more immerse experience. VR PlayStation gives amazing space illusions that VR itself creates. PlayStation VR is priced at Rs 26,000 approximately.

OCULUS RIFT

Oculus Rift is one of the most premium VR headset in the market right now. The device comprises with sensors, offering fantastic display and integrated headphones. VR headset comes with a camera that adds more movement detection information giving a better experience. Oculus Rift features 1,200x1,080  resolution AMOLED screen for each eye  and the headset can only run on a powerful gaming PC. The gadget also manages to keep the external light out as well. The minimum specs of the the VR headset is Intel i3-6100 and GPU’s start from Nvidia GTX 960. The Oculas also includes ear pads that flush on the side of the headset and can be rotated to sit directly on top of the ear or can be flipped up. Users can also switch easily from game to app to movie. Oculus Rift is priced at Rs 37,000 approximately.

HTC VIVE

HTC Vive is a full system VR experience which runs on a powerful computer only. Vive uses IR sensors mounted on walls to map user’s location in the physical space, integrating the space into the virtual space. The device unlike other VR headsets gives the freedom to roam around the room than just few movements. The headset features a range of sensors that present slick visuals for a much greater experience. VR headset also offers intuitive controllers with a good battery life and also offers solid selection of games already available in the headset. HTC Vive also comes with 1,200 x 1,080 resolution AMOLED screen for each eye and also comes with the front-facing camera.  HTC Vive comes at the price of Rs 56,000 approximately.

SAMSUNG GEAR VR

Samsung Gear VR was designed to support smartphone rather than a PC or a gaming console. Gear VR supports lenses that split the display between the user’s eyes while offering high resolution and slick visuals. The headset comes with controls built into it and also gives great head tracking experience. VR headset also offers geomagnetic and proximity sensor with micro SD card with pre-loaded Gear VR content. Gear VR also comes with navigational touchpad and focal adjustment dial, accelerometer and gyroscope. The Gear VR also offers 96-degree field of view. The VR headset can only run in few of the Samsung flagship phones. The Samsung Gear VR is priced at Rs 7,500 approximately.

LG 360 VR

The LG 360 VR offers 1.88-inch IPS LCD screen, 920 x 720 pixels-per-eye resolution, adjustable lenses and 80-degree horizontal field-of-view and 6-axis proximity sensors. The 360 VR has an in-built display with the unit plugging directly into the G5 for power. The VR headset arm is made of flexible plastic and features flexible fabric light shield and a 3.5mm jack. The headset has two 1.8-inch IPS displays inside, one for each eye, each with a resolution of 960 x 720 pixels, resulting in 639ppi. The headset also carries the controls for VR environment, with back button for basic click navigation. It also features motion sensors allowing user to look around the virtual world. Headset also includes a sensor between the eyes for detecting that the headset is worn. LG 360 VR is priced at Rs 15,000 approximately. 

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