VR Devices

A virtual reality headset is a head-mounted device that provides virtual reality for the wearer. Virtual reality (VR) headsets are widely used with video games but they are also used in other applications, including simulators and trainers. … Some VR headsets also have eye tracking sensors and gaming controllers.

Virtual Reality has come a long way since the 1990s. For every attempt that was made toward a more realistic technology over the years, there were also numerous failures: e.g., the VR Troopers, the Virtual Boy and Sega’s failed attempt at a headset. Nearly 25 years have passed since those early first attempts. Technology has progressed to the point where total VR immersion is as easy as putting some glasses over your eyes: There are a range of options and some of these are more immersive than others, but VR these days is believable and inexpensive.

At this point, you’ve gotten this far in the blog and thought “I need something a bit more robust” or you’re a hardcore gamer looking for something to throw everything in toward. That’s where these heavy hitters come in. They major players at this level are from PlayStation, from HTC, and from Oculus.

PlayStation VR, for example, is serious hardware. Inside this lighted headset is a 5.7” OLED panel that displays in vibrant 1080p. The PlayStation VR setup can also display you (the gamer) a different image and setup than your audience if the game supports it. With around 200 developers onboard, you’ll never find a shortage of things to do on your PlayStation 4. Imagine the possibilities to come from future Sony franchise titles like Gran Turismo, or first person titles like Doom or Call of Duty!

If you’re a hardcore PC Gamer, give the Oculus Rift VR Headset a look. One of crowdfunding’s early success stories, the Oculus Rift might just be the device that kickstarted (no pun intended) the Virtual Reality revolution. This is another very serious piece of hardware, featuring adjusting headphones, a 120 degree scanning motion sensor to capture your movements and gaming functions with an XBox One controller (included in the package.) The Oculus Touch controllers slide onto your wrists and act like a set of virtual hands How’s that for taking your immersion to the next level? Moreover, using the new Oculus Quest you become untethered to a computer: it includes everything you need for an amazing VR experience!

Playing around with VR isn’t for everyone. Oculus, for example recommend that children under the age of 13 don’t play with their product. Sony has stated the PlayStation VR is to be played only by children ages 12 and up. Be sure that you’re playing in a fairly wide open space without a lot of tripping hazards. Every family had that aunt who would pull their Nintendo controller up in the air thinking it made Mario jump higher. Now picture that aunt with a VR headset on playing a survival horror game. In other words, hide the breakables. Be sure that you thoroughly read through the manual and follow recommendations on how often to take breaks or clear your head.

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