The majority of Virtual Entertainment (VE) systems that are currently available to purchase require a personal computer to power them. And these systems also need an HMD to help deliver the imagery integral to creating an immersive virtual world.
There are a number of different HMDs on the market at the moment, ranging from affordable to expensive. Also, some of these devices are more accessible than others. Google Cardboard, for example, is not only cheap, but due to the fact that it has been developed for use with a smartphone, just about anyone can experience Virtual Reality.
But let’s start with a device most will be aware of: the Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift plans on being the gold standard of Virtual Reality HMDs. Specifically designed for video gaming, it has a high field of view, delivering the very best in immersive virtual experiences.
Purchased by Facebook in 2014, Oculus VR are certainly well-funded as they seek to establish themselves as the go-to Virtual Reality hardware and software company.
HTC VIVE brought to us in partnership with Valve, and powered by Steam VR – is the leading VR headset and controller combo on the market today.
Its best-in-class technology and content mark it out as a powerful, sleek, and innovative piece of kit. HTC are delivering breakthrough room-scale technology and fully immersive gaming experiences, and they’ve chalked up a fair few awards to further underline their capabilities.
Samsung Gear VR
A little bit more affordable than the Oculus Rift, Samsung’s VR headset is still powered by Oculus all the same. It does require a smartphone device to power it, and naturally works best with Samsung brand phones such as the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge.
Another VR headset option for use with your phone, this one is, as previously mentioned, a great deal cheaper than most other HMDs. And it couldn’t be easier to use. Simply order one, and once it’s in your possession, fold it, slot your phone in, and explore a whole host of VR apps. The perfect option for those who wish to only dip their toe into the world of Virtual Reality.
Treadmills and Haptic Gloves
Beyond the VR headsets, there are a number of supplementary devices that serve to further improve the levels of immersion as the user enters the virtual environment.
If there’s plenty of space (and expendable income) available, then the Virtuix Omni Treadmill is ideal for allowing its user to take the VR experience to another level. They can safely walk, run, or even jump in 360-degrees, exploring simulated worlds and exercising at the same time.