We are yet to slice through half of 2016, but VR fever has already reached an all time-high. That in itself isn’t surprising at all. VR apps for iOS and Android Smartphones are some sort of Holy Grail. Last year business pundits and tech savvy folks predicted that VR headsets that can attach an Android or iOS Smartphone will take over personal entertain in 2016 by storm. And they weren’t wrong even for a teensy bit.
Technologies that go into these VR headsets are diverse in style, functionality, and nature. With that, VR headsets come in varying sizes, price ranges, styles, and capabilities. Some have onboard sensors while others rely on gyroscopes, motion sensors, and processors of the Smartphone itself. Nonetheless, here are the best VR headsets for iOS and Android that have, and continue to turn heads in 2016.
No VR headset has commanded more respect as well as headlines so far than Oculus Rift. In fact, it is synonymous with the idea of VR system itself. This product by a wing of social media giant Facebook comes with many goodies.
The headset has onboard sensors that allow display for each eye, as well as integrated headphones. It, also, comes with a smart camera for better motion detection. Packed with all these features, Oculus Rift is certainly a must-have, premium VR headset.
Earlier dubbed Project Morpheus, PlayStation VR isn’t on the list by accident. For starters, it’s PlayStation 4 ready. In fact, it comes as a PS4 accessory. This VR headset offers lower resolution than the likes of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift but makes up for it in the price; it’s expected to cost around $399 when it debuts later in October. Expect PS VR to take immersive gaming to another level.
HTC Vive line is the most expensive on this list. It’s available for sale at the moment. What’s good about HTC Vive? It uses IR sensors mounted on walls of physical space. This way, you get freedom of movement like no other in a VR system. Interactivity and immersion is out of this world with HTC Vive. It also integrates a raft of sensors that presents a slick display to your eyes. Downside? You require extra headphones and large space to complete the picture.
Samsung Gear VR
We expected nothing less from Samsung; and they have delivered big time. As a Smartphone maker, Samsung has designed Gear VR to be robust, seamless, and rustic. It is compatible especially with latest versions of Samsung Smartphones. The handset slides neatly into the headset’s tray. At the moment, Samsung Gear VR retails at under $200.