A Beginners Guide for first Virtual Reality Experience
Virtual Reality or VR is the new buzz word in the world. Though it has been around for quite a few years now, Virtual Reality is still an unknown to most of us. Many are not aware what exactly Virtual Reality is and how to get first VR experience.
A string of movie makers are exploring the sheer potential of VR. The release of these films will help people get a better idea of the depth of this technology. The makers of VR gear are riding on the hope that these films will make people invest more into their products.
If you are one of those who would like to explore VR then here is a guide to get you started.
Your Smartphone to the rescue
If you have already invested in a high-end smartphone then look no further.This is the answer to your first VR experience. Samsung’s Gear which includes controllers comes in under $159 and an app is all you need. Your smartphone can be the TV for viewing. This VR headset by Samsung has some pretty good reviews. It is one of the viable options for a VR beginner. Already owning a compatible smartphone is a pre-requisite though. Otherwise it gets hard on the pocket.
There is also a headset by Google, Daydream. It is also compatible with quite a few phone models. A hand controller accompanies both these headsets. These controllers provide the translation of your actions to the virtual world. For a thorough and more interactive experience use headphones. You can get more involved with the virtual world with Google’s Daydream.
Many cheaper version of headphones are also available. There is no guarantee on the quality of the first VR experience they provide though.
The more extensive option – Full VR headsets
If you are ready to shell out a few extra bucks, you can get a full extensive VR experience. Apart from the Oculus Rift, two providers HTC and PlayStation provide the best in the business for a full VR experience. The Vive by the prior is one of the best in the business as it provides a more realistic experience.
These VR enablers translate your every step to a virtual step. This VR set comes equipped with 2 controllers. The 2 base stations that come with this VR enabler track all movements and the VR world gets more effective. A powerful PC is the only thing that helps in completely utilizing this setup. You should make sure you have the compatible windows PC before going for the Vive. There is also a Pro version available with still better features.
Then comes the PS-3 or PS-4 compatible PlayStation VR. A VR camera makes this setup work.
The drawback of these headsets is that both use a cable to connect to the Computer. So the length of the cable restricts movement.
The first VR experience itself – games and apps
To have the VR experience you have to download some game or app. There is no one “goto” game or app. Every headset has their own games and apps i.e. the ones they are compatible with. All the big names in the tech business are already gearing up to release their own headsets. This variety in the headsets will hopefully bring down the prices.
The decision of which VR set to buy finally rests on how much you want to shell out for it. If the best is what your priority is, the Vive by HTC or Oculus Rift is the way to go. Google and Samsung both provide good options for the first VR experience.
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