Until recently, however, VR seemed to be more of a niche topic than anything else, full of products many were unaware of except those immersed specifically in VR culture. This all seems to be changing though; with companies offering a large variety of VR products this year, it is looking more and more like VR is finally going mainstream.
With that said, we have put together a list of some of the top VR headsets that are currently on the market, so you too can enter into and enjoy the benefits of the VR world.
HooToo VR Device $20
The HooToo VR Device is by far one of the best VR headsets on the market for its price point, allowing users to engage in and enjoy the virtual world without needing to spend a fortune. Furthermore, despite the low price point, the HooToo VR Device has some pretty appealing features all on its own. It offers users quality viewing experience and access to over 300 virtual reality apps which users can engage with and enjoy, in addition to being compatible with a variety of different smartphones (any that are within these measurements: 4.85”-6.25” width, 2.3"-3.8" length and 0.29”-0.37” depth).
HTC Vive $799
The HTC Vive is a headset that takes the VR game to an entirely new level. It fact it's our current favorite full experience VR kit. Equipped with 360-degree head tracking, 70 different sensors and a front-facing camera, the HTC Vive allows users to blend the physical world with their chosen virtual world more seamlessly than ever before. This is because the HTC Vive retains the ability to register a room’s size and incorporate both this, as well as real physical objects, into the user’s virtual world to engage with, work around and truly enhance a user’s experience.
The NOON VR is a VR headset that is the next step up for those who are still just entering the VR world. It features a design which is both sleek and modern looking and is compatible with a wide range of smartphones (any smartphone that is 4.7” or larger), all while maintaining a price point that is entirely affordable.
The True Depth 3D VR headset is another affordable option for those looking to enter into the VR world, although it is slightly more connected and immersive than other VR headsets up to this point. This is because, apart from coming equipped with the standard features we have come to know and love in many VR headsets — such as compatibility with a wide range of phones, ease of use, and quality HD vision with adjustable lenses — the True Depth 3D VR headset also comes with a wireless gamepad and a set of wireless headphones, all of which have Bluetooth connectivity.
Samsung Gear VR $100
The Samsung Gear VR is a VR headset that has been specifically designed to fit and work with Samsung’s Galaxy phones. With that said, this is really a great VR headset for anyone with a smartphone, as it not only offers users an incredible viewing experience, but also offers users access to over 1 million various short films and videos via the Vimeo app.
The FOVE VR is a VR headset that offers comfort, a high-tech and sleek design, a wide field of view (100 degrees) and accurate head tracking. Additionally, it offers quality HD viewing, ease of use and only requires one’s smartphone to use. While all of this is great however, what makes the FOVE VR truly unique — and what makes it a part of our top VR headsets list — is the fact that in addition to the standard and desirable features we just mentioned, it also includes the revolutionary technology of eye tracking.
The Tepoinn 3D VR Glasses are a VR headset which allows users to enjoy a 360-degree virtual experience, whether they are watching a movie, playing a game or more. Additionally, this VR headset offers an adjustable head strap meaning it will fit any user comfortably and is compatible with a plethora of smartphones, [including: iOS and Android mobile phones (3.5 - 5.5 inches), a well as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Note 3, LG G3, and Sony Xperia Z3], meaning it will truly work for pretty much anybody.
Oculus Rift $599
The Oculus Rift is one of the most popular VR headsets on the market today. Originally started via Kickstarter and Facebook, the Oculus Rift raised over $2 billion and is considered by many to be the device that started this newest VR craze in the first place! With that said, the Oculus Rift offers users the ability to be plugged into their DVI and USB ports on their computers, an extremely low-persistence display, custom optics, a high refresh rate and a plethora of motion tracking sensors which are able to keep track of the user’s motion (sitting or standing), all of which leads to ease of use and outstanding visual quality.
Clearly, Virtual Reality is here to stay. With a surplus of really incredible options on the market, there is truly something for everyone — whether they are just getting into the world of VR, or have been involved for a while and are looking for the next new and exciting thing. So don’t hesitate, decide on what option is best for you and then throw yourself into a world of excitement, emersion and joy, a world that is entirely your own, today!
This guest story was contributed by Nicole from Ideaing.