The world continues to evolve with the recent rise of virtual reality. One of the most famous devices in the industry is the virtual reality headset. It provides virtual reality for the wearer. VR headsets are widely used for gaming but it is slowly entering into the enterprise and education industry. The device also expanded in simulations and training. A stereoscopic head-mounted display, stereo sound, and head motion tracking sensors comprised the components of a VR headset.
Here are the top three VR headsets:
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality under Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc. Oculus started a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund the development of the device. The project was successful and raised $2.5 million. In March 2014, Facebook purchased the company at $2 billion.
The Rift uses an OLED panel for each eye, with a resolution of 1080 x 1200 each. The panels have a fresh rate of 90 Hz. It also uses low persistence, which means that the device only displays an image for two milliseconds of each frame. The lenses of the device allow users to have a wide field of view. The Rift is integrated with headphones, providing 3D audio effects. RealSpace 3D Audio under Visionics licensed the technology to Oculus VR.
The recommended hardware specifications of the Oculus needs a CPU equivalent to an Intel Core i5-4590 or higher. There should be at least 16 GB of RAM. The hardware must have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 9700 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card as well as an HDMI 1.3 output. Furthermore, the hardware must have three 3.0 USB ports and one 2.0 USB port.
HTC and Valve Corporation developed HTC Vive. The VR headset utilized the ‘room scale’ technology, turning a room into a 3D space via sensors with the virtual world. It allows the users to navigate the virtual world naturally. Players can walk around and walk around. They can also use motion tracked handheld controllers to vividly manipulate objects, communicate and interact with precision providing an immersive environment.
The device has more than 70 sensors. It includes a microelectromechanical systems, accelerometer, gyroscope and laser position sensors. It operates in a 15×15 foot tracking space.
The front camera allows the software to identify moving or static objects system. This feature provides a ‘chaperone’ safety system. It automatically displays a feed to the user to safely guide the users through obstacles.
The Playstation VR’s design was to be fully functional with the PlayStation 4. In some games and demos, the player wearing the headset acts differently from the players without the headset. The PlayStation VR system outputs a picture to the headset and the television simultaneously. The PlayStation VR works with a standard DualShock 4 controller or the PlayStation Move controllers.
The VR has a 5.7-inch OLED panel, displaying a resolution of 1080p. The headset also has a processor box enabling the Social Screen video output to the television. A 3.5mm headphone hack can be used for a 3D audio effect. The headset has nine positional LEDs on the surface of the Playstation Camera, to track the 360-degree head movement.