With a torrent of virtual reality devices that have been launched lately, entertainment industry touched a new high. Though the idea about VR has been in technical space for a long time, lately, the IT giants have broken through the long-standing barriers to use it for a range of VR devices. Though some of them need dedicated tethering spots, others can be accessed with a mobile.
Virtual reality is a fascinating way of user-projection in a diverse range of environments through the power of technology. With the use of a headset and motion tracking sensors, you can explore the virtual space. Some of the recently launched VR devices include HTC Vive by HTC, Oculus CV1 by Facebook, and Gear VR by Samsung as well as Daydream by Google.
With the power to use VR using computers and mobile devices, it is an exciting time ahead for VR systems. Though the price ranges differ, the features are similar yet different, depending upon the VR platform the devices are meant for. Thus, let us take a look on the various aspects and key features of different yet latest VR devices.
Experience on Mobile or Tethered
Currently, trending VR devices can be categorized under tethered or mobile. The mobile headsets have space to fit in your smartphones and are basically just a frame with specialized lenses. These lenses ensure that the screen is divided into two images. This turns your smartphone into cutting-edge VR device. The mobile headsets include Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR. The downside is that the smartphones are not designed for Virtual Reality, so the picture quality isn’t really good even with the special lenses in the headset. Conversely, the VR devices on the tethered or dedicated platforms, such as Oculus CV1 by Facebook and HTC Vive allow you to walk around in the virtual space while it is physically connected to a computer. Though the attached cables make it restricted and little unwieldy, clarity and feel is higher.
However, you don’t need a strapped up device to your face as the video processing is done in the computer. The dedicated display is in the headset is enough and you don’t need the smartphone or motion sensors. The extra camera tracker improves the image quality and head tracking. However, the Oculus experience beats other VR headsets as it has inbuilt headphones.
Weight of the VR device
If you use all of the above mentioned VR devices, you would notice that HTC is the heaviest at 555 gm, when it comes to net weight. Oculus CV1 weights 470 gm, Samsung Gear VR is 318 gm and Google Daydream is just 220 gm. However, comparing Oculus CV1 or Daydream with HTC, you would notice that even though Oculus is light but HTC has higher room scale and Steam VR is real good.
Exploration and future of VR
When it is about cutting-edge technology and future driven approach, HTC wins hands down over the competitor VR devices. Although it is front heavy, it has two motion controllers and double base Lighthouse stations to get a feel of the “whole room” virtual reality area. It beats the rest in tracking in terms of latency and lag. It is technically impressive as this device has the only VR system that tracks your movement within a ten feet cube instead of from your seat. The motion controllers are more sophisticated than those in the VR devices. Using Stream VR as the content mall, HTC Vive stays way ahead in seamless experience as compared to other competitor devices. It can even connect to iPhones and Android devices to get the messages and alerts while the player is in VR. Some of its features have been already implemented while Google and Oculus are still on it.
Ease of Use
When it is about comfort, Google Daydream comes up on the top. The soft knitted fabric covered headset ensures that it fits snugly and stays comfortable. Some of the reviewers felt that it was like a soft pillow. Powered by Android Nougat, Daydream firs on the Pixel phone snugly and comes with a highly sensitive remote that has the app, home buttons and the volume control. Compared to other VR devices, Google Daydream beats Gear VR in comfort.
Future of VR devices
Cutting edge VR devices using mobile phones are here to stay and that is precisely the reason that Samsung’s Gear VR is the one to bet on. In terms of resolution, it uses 2560 by 1440 Galaxy smartphones with state of art graphics and internal motion sensors that are accurate. The touchpad and the buttons on the side put the VR gadget a notch above the rest. Working through the Samsung’s Milk VR store or the Oculus app, from casual gaming to high end video consumption, there is enough to keep the users occupied.