2016 marks the start of the age of virtual reality for the consumer market. Virtual reality, or VR, is not a new concept, but it has been in research and development for a long time. Due to lack of technology, VR was considered as a gimmick, but since the development of the Oculus Rift VR headset, it has sparked the interest many other companies to make their debut into VR entertainment. The many VR headsets announced are going to revolutionise the video gaming technologies. Here are some of the upcoming VR headsets to be released in 2016:
Upcoming VR Headsets 2016
Oculus Rift is the virtual reality headset which has which has started the race of consumer available VR headsets. Funded through a Kickstarter program by developer Palmer Luckey, the Oculus VR company was bought by Facebook for $2 Billion in 2014. The Oculus Rift was released as a preview model for developers and has not only been used for video gaming but also in the medical and education fields.
The consumer model of the Oculus Rift consists of a headset with sensors to track head movement, integrated headphones and a camera to detect more movement. The Oculus Rift headset contains two displays for two eyepieces to give the 3D and virtual reality experience. Oculus Touch controllers were announced before but they will be available later this year so for now the Oculus Rift will ship with the Xbox One controller.
Earlier in 2016, pre-orders for the consumer model of the Oculus Rift began at $599 per unit and were also started to ship in March. The Oculus Rift requires connecting it to a high-end PC and Oculus Ready PCs are available from Asus, Dell and Alienware.
HTC Vive is being developed by HTC and Valve as a Steam VR headset. Just like the Oculus Rift, it requires a high-end PC but it gives the user to move much freely thanks to lasers mounted on a wall. The lasers track the movement of a person in the physical space and map it onto a virtual space.
The HTC Vive consists of two screens, one per eye, having a resolution of 1080×1200 each with a 90Hz refresh rate. Currently, the headset has no headphones with it, so you will have to wear other headphones. HTC Vive comes with its own controllers, one for each hand, and they provide interaction with the virtual world.
Pre-orders for the HTC Vive have begun with the cost of $799 which makes it the most expensive virtual reality headset option available.
Sony PlayStation VR
The PlayStation VR or “Project Morpheus”, it’s codename during development, is developed by Sony as an accessory virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Rather than connecting to a high-end PC, the PlayStation VR only requires a connection to a PS4 via HDMI or USB.
PlayStation VR contains LEDs on the headset for the PlayStation Camera to track movement and the DualShock 4 for controlling a game. The PlayStation VR consists of two screens, one per eye, having a resolution of 960×1080 each and is capable of running games at 120 FPS.
The PlayStation VR will be released in October 2016 and will be priced at $399 which makes it the cheapest virtual reality headset. It also breaks a barrier of requiring a high-end PC because it can work on an existing PS4.
LG 360 VR
The LG 360 VR headset requires a LG G5 to be connected to it through a USB Type C cable rather than slipping the phone in the headset like the Google Cardboard. The LG 360 VR is smaller and sleeker than the other headsets and takes the form of a pair of glasses.
The LG 360 VR consists of two 1.8 inches displays, one for each eye, with a resolution of 960×720 for each. The lenses inside the headset can be independently focused and the width is also adjustable to fit it comfortably for a user. The headset has a 3.5mm socket to connect headphones and also “Ok” and “Back” buttons for basic navigation.
The LG 360 VR will be released sometime in April 2016, and there is no price announced as of yet.
These were some of the upcoming VR headsets due to be released this year and along with the amazing features, they bring a lot of expectations. Virtual reality entertainment is the talk of the decade and it is opening new doors for video gaming. Virtual reality headsets provide you a unique gaming and entertainment experience unlike anything before. Although being very pricey, these are not in reach of everyone. But these are some very attractive devices for tech fans who want to try out something new.