Virtual reality is the first step in a grand adventure into the land scape of the imagination.
– Frank Biocca
The idea of Virtual reality isn’t new. Virtual reality (VR), replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world or an imagined world, allowing the user to interact with that world. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell. In others words an artificial world that consists of images and sounds created by a computer and that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it. While VR was a not in the 90s, but developers are now trying to create mind-blowing experiences that look set to revolutionize gaming and entertainment for people.
There is few brands of Virtual reality available in the market :
Google announced its Cardboard virtual reality headset at I/O 2014 and unveiled version 2 at the 2015 conference. Popping a smartphone into a cardboard container and then strapping it to your head may sound like a joke, but it actually works and it could become a low-cost way to experience virtual reality.$29.95, dodocase.com
Homido falls into the category of devices, like the Zeiss VR One, that give you a more substantial piece of hardware, but work in the same way as Google Cardboard. In this case it’s a little cheaper, so you can get your hands on it for around £50.
HTC unveiled the HTC Vive, a Steam VR headset made in collaboration with Valve, at MWC 2015 – and it’s due to hit the shops in April. The HTC Vive plugs into PCs and work with Valve’s mammoth gaming ecosystem. It packs in 70 sensors plus offers 360 degree head-tracking as well as a 90Hz refresh rate; the stat that’s key to keeping down latency. $799, htcvr.com
LG 360 VR
The LG 360 VR is a headset that you have to connect to your LG G5 via the USB Type-C cable, rather than slipping your phone into the front as you do with Cardboard. It’s better than Cardboard and other basic systems because you don’t have to hold it to your face all the time. $599 LG 360 VR
Microsoft wants to introduce augmented reality objects into every aspect of our world. Obviously, that won’t happen with the naked eye, but users wearing HoloLens will be able to see holographic images overlaid onto real objects in front of them (which are projected by laser directly into their eyes). A full Windows 10 system is built into the headset and it runs off a battery, so it’s completely untethered. $3,000, microsoft.com
Oculus Rift is the virtual reality headset that started the current hysteria. Developed by Palmer Luckey, funded via Kickstarter and snapped up by Facebook for a cool $2 billion, the Rift plugs into your computer’s DVI and USB ports and tracks your head movements to provide 3D imagery on its stereo screens.$599, oculus.com
At last we have a launch date for the PlayStation VR headset: October 2016. A new version was announced at GDC 2015 and gone is the 5-inch LCD display of the original prototype; in its place a 5.7-inch OLED one which enables low persistence, which should mean less motion blur. The display’s refresh rate has also been ramped up to 120Hz, making 120fps gaming a real possibility.$400, sony.com
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 at least becoming accustomed to. Samsung Gear VR has been used in a number of commercial settings, such car showrooms, but with Samsung offering a range of content from Oculus, it’s an easy option for those with a Samsung handset. $99, samsung.com
The Sulon Q VR headset was unveiled during GDC 2016 in San Francisco and it could be a big competitor to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in that it runs on a Windows 10 PC architecture. Unlike those headsets though, it doesn’t need a high-end PC to run and is completely “tether-free”.
Zeiss VR One and One GX
Optics specialist Zeiss has its own virtual reality headset that converts an iPhone or Android device into an immersive 3D experience. The Zeiss VR One is very similar to Samsung’s Gear VR headset, but with a universal design. The VR One features a tray to hold your phone and you’ll need the appropriate tray for your handset, be that iPhone 6, SGS6, Sony Xperia Z5 and so on. £110.