Virtual Reality - Different Types and Peripherals Explained
Virtual Reality is here and the hype is real. While still in its infancy, new products, peripherals and content are rolling out at lightning speeds. With all the different options out there, getting your foot in the door can be a bit confusing. We'll breakdown the different VR compatible options and what you'll need to make them work.
Mobile Virtual Reality
Mobile VR is the easiest place to start with the most inexpensive price-points. To get started all you need is a smartphone and a VR headset or handheld device, like Insignia Cardboard. You can access content through your smartphone and then insert it into the VR device for viewing. Most mobile VR headsets or handheld devices are compatible with various phones but you’ll want to double-check the fit and compatibility before purchasing.
One step up in this same category is the Samsung Gear VR headset. The Gear VR features a more durable build with a strap to stay on your head hands-free. The Gear VR is compatible with all Galaxy smartphones. The major perk is the shared store with the Oculus, which allows for more VR content of all types.
Console Virtual Reality
The PlayStation VR headset uses the PS4 console to power the headset. A sturdy design and improved computing power adds a new level of immersion to gaming experiences. Where mobile VR really only has the computing power for videos and simple VR experiences, the PlayStation VR headset is perfect for gaming. The PS store features a steadily growing library of VR games and experiences in an ultra-easy UI.
The PlayStation VR headset requires a PlayStation Eye (a USB powered camera) to track the headset. There are also optional PlayStation Move controllers that track your hands in real-time for enhanced immersion.
PC Virtual Reality
The ultimate for VR enthusiasts — computer-powered virtual reality features the highest number of apps, games and features. One potential downside is the high-price point for a headset and a computer able to run at 90 frames per second or higher (any less and you'll get serious motion sickness). But, this premium level of computing and resolution means that you can experience unparalleled realism in gaming, VR movies and VR experiences.
The Oculus Rift is the main player in this market. As far as the Oculus goes, you'll need a computer with a meaty GPU. Check out the Oculus compatibility tool to see if your computer is up to VR standards. There are also Oculus Touch controllers, which enable you to use motion controls to bring your hands into the game for the ultimate VR experience.
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