TOP 10 VR HEADSETS
We have labelled some VR headsets that we think are some of the best on the market, although these are in particular order. We didn’t want to decide which ones we thought were better as everyone seems to have a different virtual reality experience than everybody else.
1. SONY PLAYSTATION VR
This virtual reality headset created by Sony is a really great piece of kit, especially for the price. It is one of the most cost-effective VR headsets that are on the market, the technology that is held within this small device is really amazing. The Sony VR also has an extremely slick look and feel when wearing the device on your head, compared to other devices this one certainly stands out.
PlayStation VR provides a higher quality experience than the Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, proving it’s worth by dominating the console gaming industry. Although PSVR is predominantly for gaming, it is still more than capable of hosting VR content via the many apps including YouTube, for you to upload and watch your own VR content. With its low price and PS4 compatibility, PlayStation VR has outsold both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
2. LG 360 VR
The LG 360 VR headset comes with 2 1.8 IPS displays each holding 960*720 pixels of resolutions resulting in 639 PPI. This headset with the technology it holds is greatly structured in price, you are really getting your money’s worth compared to what else is out there on the market. The LG 360 VR headset is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear, a lot of the reviews online state that it doesn’t get in the way or distract them through there virtual reality experience.
3. OCULUS RIFT
The Oculus Rift is probably the brand that will first spring to mind at the mention of Virtual Reality. The Oculus Rift plugs into your computer and tracks your head movements to provide 3D imagery on its stereo screens.
This is a great option if you want to display to an audience of passers-by what the viewer is watching. The consumer edition of Rift uses a 2160 x 1200 resolution, working at 233 million pixels per second and for this reason, the oculus is a perfect solution when viewing content that requires attention to detail.
This headset is a high-end solution in comparison to the mobile phone powered solutions, especially as you need a high-end computer, therefore may not be the best option if you will be needing to demo using multiple headsets at the same time.
4. HTC VIVE
A first-time viewer of VR content may be put off by the prospect of motion sickness. The HTC Vive headset uses 70 sensors to offer 360° head-tracking as well as a 90Hz refresh rate – key for keeping down latency, which is the technical term for the effect that causes motion sickness. If the VR content you are demoing has a great deal of moving shots, such as aerial footage, then this headset is a great solution.
Another reason HTC Vive proves a popular choice ahead of other companies is its Lighthouse room tracking technology, which allows the viewer to move around with the headset on. You would need to mount sensors, but the effect is more than worth it for the viewer. Meanwhile, the Vive’s new Tracker tech is able to bring any object into VR.
5. MICROSOFT HOLO LENS
The software philanthropist, Bill Gates, and his highly advanced technical team have integrated AI with there new virtual reality headset. Microsoft have allowed access to developers to be able to program applications and other dev experiences through the VR headset itself, giving you full control of experience whilst programming. This new feature has taken the world by storm, changing the way applications are created within the virtual reality world.
6. GOOGLE CARDBOARD
Google has led the way in making virtual reality as accessible as possible for the masses, through the Google Cardboard, a card frame that folds out into a portable, lightweight VR headset. A client can pre-insert a smartphone such as a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone making it immediately ready for use. The user can strap it around, or hold it up to his or her head, and easily view content without having to deal with any adjustment controls or cables.
The Google Cardboard can be produced as a flat, self-assembly unit making it perfect for large-scale distribution as a covermount. It can also be easily customized to carry client branding and messaging. Of course, being made from cardboard, it’s not the most durable headset, but if the objective is reached, it’s a very practical and cost-effective option.
7. GOOGLE DAYDREAM
What is the Google Daydream? How has Google managed to get 2 of its virtual reality products in the top 10 of this article? Well, Google have developed a new innovative virtual reality headset compared to others in the market. They have found a gap that needed filling, people wanting VR headsets but can not afford the top of the range kits. This VR kit has a soft outer packaging for long-lasting entertainment without any strains on your head whilst using.
The multibillion-dollar company have gone a bit further, they are already moving onto the next version of this product and have released information to its customers regarding what it is going to be like. Google has created a new Google Daydream allowing users to use the application without a phone or PC connected to the device, so it will be fully wireless. You will download your virtual reality applications and manage them within the VR headset rather than an external device that you would have plugged in beforehand.
8. SAMSUNG GEAR VR
Samsung’s Gear VR has long been a top seller in the smartphone VR headset market. For customers with Samsung phones, this is the best mobile VR experience for content marketing and distribution. This year’s biggest addition is a brand new controller, which enhances the VR experience.
You’ll need one of the compatible Samsung phones, which includes the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and the S7 and S7 Edge, and the display quality when using Gear VR depends on which you use. There are some features that’ll give you a good experience no matter which Samsung handset you own, like a wide 101-degree viewing angle and a dark tint to reduce glare and reflections. The Gear VR works particularly well with fast-paced content such as sports. The lightweight headset allows the viewer to quickly move and turn their head with ease to follow the action of the sport.
Laduma regularly uses Samsung Gear VR headsets to demonstrate VR content at trade shows and events, because not only are the headsets lightweight and reliable, they also provide a quality viewing experience.
9. HOMIDO VR HEADSET
The Homido VR Headset is a great headset for a great price, you can snap one up for less than £70 on Amazon. This virtual reality headset comes with custom lenses tailored to your needs. You can buy each part of the headset separately or buy the whole package and if anything breaks this makes it easier for you to repair the device yourself. The headset has foam around the outside of the inside of the VR headset to help protect your face from the outer casing.
10. SULON Q
The Sulon Q has extroadinary capabilities within the headset, it is the first AR/VR headset that is practical for its users. Considering we are still being introduced to the virtual reality industry and technology is still fresh, this move from Sulon is massive in the industry. Many other leading experts are saying it is the best value for money compared to the other virtual reality headsets that are out there on the market currently. This miniature computer holds an 8gb RAM card, 256gb of storage and other amazing functionality not many VR headsets also contain.