As real as it gets: VR headsets and their magical powers

As real as it gets: VR headsets and their magical powers

By Taru Bhatia | | 20 January, 2018
Keeping it real isn’t enough these days. You’ve got to recreate reality, especially as far as the modes of entertainment are concerned. Google, Sony, HTC and Microsoft have spent years trying to achieve this effect through apps and hardware.
Keeping it real isn’t enough these days. You’ve got to recreate reality, especially as far as the modes of entertainment are concerned. Google, Sony, HTC and Microsoft have spent years trying to achieve this effect through apps and hardware. VR headsets, in particular, have taken over the tech landscape in the last year or so. Gaming without virtual-reality supplements is soon to go out of fashion. And to get the best out of a film or a TV show, you need to put your VR gear on. So if you too are looking to get real with your gadget choices, we offer this list of best-performing VR headsets.

GOOGLE DAYDREAM VIEW

Google’s Daydream View is a headset and controller that let user experience high-quality, immersive virtual reality (VR). User can browse from a big collection of apps and games using the Daydream app. The device also features 360-degree panoramic view through which user can watch movies, concerts, sports and much more. The Daydream View controller transforms with users imagination. User can play games and feel adrenaline rush as they speed down the racetrack and go from the sidelines to the centre of action.  Daydream View’s lightweight, durable headset is made from soft, breathable fabric to help stay comfortable for longer. And with a hand-washable face pad, user will be able to keep the headset fresh and clean to share with friends. The headset requires a Daydream-ready phone such as Google Pixel,Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Asus ZenFone AR, Samsung S8/S8 Plus. Google Daydream is priced at Rs 6,499.

WINDOWS MIXED REALITY

Windows Mixed Reality headset is developed with superior design, hinged display, ultra-high resolution and premium comfort. The headset features inside-out tracking which is built-in  right into each headset so no external set-up is required. Only Windows gives you a virtual home to move around in, rooms to customize with movies, apps, games and holograms, and a digital assistant ‘Google Assisstance’ who responds to voice. The device is powered by the latest 8th gen Intel CoreTM processors, Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs range from lightweight and portable, to gaming powerhouses. The headset is directly tracked by users headset sensors, no wall markers required. Responsiveness is natural, in-sync with movements and control is accurate and everything is controlled via all with built-in tools. Windows Mixed reality is priced at Rs 7,999.

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  65,258.

SONY PLAYSSTATION VR

Sony PlaysStation VR comes with 3D Audio Technology which means that users will be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you. PlayStation VR also includes VR headset, Processor unit, PlayStation VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, Stereo headphones, AC power cord, AC adaptor. PlayStation VR features Advanced VR Display which gives seamless visuals to keep users connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second. The PlayStation VR headset was engineered to be balanced, comfortable, and completely adjustable. It’s designed to feel like it’s not there—keeping you free from distraction as you explore new gaming worlds. The LEDs around the PlayStation VR headset, on the DualShock 4 wireless controller, and the PlayStation Move motion controller are tracked by the PlayStation Camera, providing an incredibly precise capture of your natural movement in virtual space. Sony PlayStation VR is priced at Rs 36,925.

HTC VIVE

HTC Vive is a full system VR experience which runs on a powerful computer only and user can enjoy hundred of games on SteamVR and Viveport platforms. 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 76,990.

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