2016 is the definitive year of Virtual Reality or VR, but it can be hard to know where to begin with such a digital journey. But, what is Virtual Reality?
Well, it is a combination of digital effects and optics to simulate auditory and visual experience or reality.
This article will get you started; we’ll present the newest VR devices and also propose some low-cost technology options.
VR Choice #1: Oculus Rift
You will probably have seen this gadget, as there are virtually millions of Adds all over the Internet. It is actually a high-end gaming device with a current price of $599, but with additional items (read – games), the price is much higher.
All preorders till May 2016 are filled, so if you are thinking of ordering Oculus Rift, you must wait for June and hope that your application will be accepted. This device comes with special tracking device, wireless controller and special Remote. The Oculus Remote is actually a kind of swiping device, while true VR controllers will be available in 2017.
The device comes with two of the most impressive virtual reality games so far, The Lucky Tale and Eve: Valkyrie. It is unofficially known that Oculus Rift is the best supported VR device, with more than a hundred games. To use Oculus Rift, you will need Intel Core i5 equivalent or greater, 8 GB+ RAM, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (64-bit) or newer, Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater and HDMI 1.3 video output.
VR Choice #2: HTC Vive
HTC and Valve have presented Vive as a premium VR device with extraordinary experience with a starting price of $799 for the complete set. The Vive is a platform that comes from cooperation between Valve and HTC, targeting the most popular online game shop – Steam.
The device comes with two motion controllers, free copies of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption with two Lighthouse stations. HTC VIVE Developers are creating games specifically for motion controls and movement with special support for the camera that enables you to view the real world while you are wearing your equipment.
That is impressive, but we are also impressed with the huge amount of games that are in development, with such a huge and solid base, Vive has a bright future. The Lighthouse technology comes with two sensors that enable your room to become a real virtual reality playground.
VR Choice #3: Playstation
PlayStation VR is the third big name on the VR playground, this device that comes with a few advantages over the competition, mainly in the form of much lower price and inexpensive DualShock 4 motion-sensing controllers.
At the moment, Playstation VR is the most comfortable VR set that you can get. If you take into consideration the huge number of games that are currently in the development, you can conclude that Playstation VR is one of the major players in a game of virtual prestige on the market.
Developers count on a huge fan base, solid technology and unique approach, elements that made Playstation widely popular and accepted as a gaming console standard.