Straight off, VR is an epic experience. Imagine walking on Mars in your bedroom. Or playing a first person action game with your friends in an open space. Or travelling around the world without going out of the house! The possibilities are endless, and the ideas are infinite.
Although we see a lot of companies develop virtual reality products, majorly VR headsets, not one major option is currently available in the market. But that is going to change soon, and the change is already on its way...
Google Cardboard is the most affordable and convenient way to try out virtual reality. You can pick one up from any online store and try it out with the Google Cardboard app for Android phones. I’ll be testing this experience soon, so more about it will come in the following weeks. Anyway, the next step from Cardboard is the Samsung Gear VR. You can say its a better version of the Cardboard, but it seems to provide a more comfortable experience, hence its price. This too, is currently for sale. But none of these seem to stack up with the huge competition from makers like HTC/Valve or Oculus. Their products are far more refined and really bring together a one-of-a-kind experience. The HTC Vive has a load of sensors to track every movement of your head precisely and immerse you into the movie/game you wish to play.
At the Game Developer Conference early this month, we saw many companies planning to put their products into production for a release late this year/early next year. Virtual Reality really seems to have caught up, especially with more people wanting to try out headsets, and more companies working on content of their devices.
I’m also looking forward to more innovation with Augmented Reality, a VR experience in real life scenarios. The Microsoft HoloLens looks like a great product, although a bit far fetched, but its consumer release could make some big noise in the VR headset business.
For now, we just need to wait and watch.