With a handful of virtual reality headsets being released by many of the major players later this year, Review Route have decided to release a guide with helpful information and pricing for various headsets which are available to own now.
As technology is always moving forward at a blazing pace there have been a few concepts and products which sounding great on paper, many of us have chosen not to embrace. 3D TV’s are a solid example in which we could be immersed into the video or movie we were viewing making the experience even more interactive. Sadly many of us felt that the technology was too much of a gimmick in order to be taken seriously thus the idea has generally been forgotten.
Moving forward the concept of being “immersed” into entertainment has taken a totally different and exciting turn – enter VR (Virtual Reality). Many believe that that virtual reality is going to take the world by storm. With a majority of mobile phone and gaming/entertainment manufacturers either gearing up to enter the market, or actually releasing their own version of the ultimate headset, this pattern is obvious proof that this time what may seem like an outrageous idea will actually be very successful.
As VR headsets gain momentum whilst becoming the essential bit of kit to own, we will gradually see them entering a multitude of arenas such as educational and school environments.
Just imagine your child and their classmates going on a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest, learning about wildlife and the effects the forest has on our climate and the environment, without even leaving the safety of the classroom. This is just one example of the exciting possibilities of VR with many more applications in the works.
Whilst a selection of these upcoming headsets require a dedicated PC to function there are many available now which can be operated by your everyday smartphone. Google Cardboard (read our review) and Samsung’s Gear VR are just two examples of manufacturers developing the technology and making it available to the general public in a short period of time rather than trying to muster niche users. Apps and games for the mentioned devices can be downloaded to your phone with ease letting you slide into new worlds as many of the mobile phone and console giants are already embracing the VR market.
The granddaddy which possibly helped kickstart it all – Google Cardboard is an ideal introduction for people who want to experience the VR world without emptying their pockets to get started. Developed by Google it allows users to build their own VR viewer made out of – you guessed it, cardboard.
This viewer along with your android phone and the cardboard app turns into a very inexpensive headset. Coupled with the multitude of android apps for the platform which include immersive games, movie experience trailers, virtual world tours, events and concerts giving you a 360-degree view, the constantly growing list of apps will surely have something available for everyone. Don’t forget to read our Google Cardboard Review.
Teaming up with Oculus, Samsung are definately out to get VR closer to the global masses. With an impressive catalogue of partners such as Marvel Entertainment, Netflix, IMAX, DreamWorks, Vevo and more the Samsung VR delivers amazing “out of this world” entertainment experiences.
In effect it is basically a grown up version of Google Cardboard. The virtual worlds concept is the same but the headset and accompanying software is of a much more polished and substantial nature.
If you are an owner of a current generation Samsung mobile phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 , Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, paired with the Samsung VR you have a premium quality headset – one of the most effective VR systems on the market.
Although the Samsung VR can only be used with Samsung mobile phones it is a very impressive piece of kit. With sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer and proximity monitor built in and the ability to use accessories such as wireless controllers – the Samsung VR is an extremely attractive product.
As you can see these are exciting times for the world of virtual reality – Below is our list of other noteworthy VR headsets which you may be interested in giving you a taste of what’s to come from the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.
Homido Virtual Reality 3D Wireless Headset
This headset is both Android and iOS Compatibile and can be used with most of the recent Smartphones including iPhone 5/5S/5C/6/6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S4/S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3/4, Google Nexus 4/5 and Sony Xperia Z2.
The Homdo VR has its own app called “Homido Center” which is a catalogue of all the compatible apps available for the headset.