22 Feb Beginner guide: 5 new Virtual Reality Headsets
Not so long ago we wrote about the fact that in 2016 there was a breakthrough in the field of virtual reality. There were also perfected the headset of different companies from the Oculus to HTC Vive.
But 2017 has already managed to bring their own surprises in this area. Based on the firm CCS Insight research can be judged that the market of virtual reality once again survive the present boom. Sales set to grow from 12 million in 2017 to 20 million in 2018. The IDC put forward the assumption that sales in 2020 will grow to 61 million.
To sum up the above, the seats in this niche abound. That is why many companies are preparing for the release of new devices to virtual reality. We present 5 headsets that are expected to be able to compete with the existing ones.
1. Zeiss VR One Plus ($130)
The German company Carl Zeiss Immersed rich history. Initially, they were engaged in the production of optical lenses. Carl Zeiss represents the highest class mobile headset, which works on the IOS and Android platforms.
This mobile device is modified more than budgetary proposals from the Samsung and Google, because it has a lens that go beyond the capabilities of Samsung S7 Edge, iPhone 7 Plus. When the new screen phones can support the possibility of a VR-headset content, users will appreciate this device. Currently Zeiss VR One Plus can be ordered from Amazon.
2. Razer OSVR Hacker Development Kit 2.0, ($400)
Razer is a privately held technology company, with a budget estimated at $ 1.5 billion. They have expanded their capabilities, going beyond the preferences of its gaming audience to focus on virtual reality and music. Razer introduces two types of budget stereo PC VR for both developers and ordinary users.
The new proposal of Hacker Development Kit 2.0 for performance can be compared with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and the price with PlayStation VR. The advantage of this headset is that c it is possible to play the same games as for the Oculus Rift. In addition, developers are actively supporting the ecosystem of the headset.
3. Lenovo VR Headset ($ 300)
The company Lenovo introduced has not yet been implemented Windows Holographic project, the price of which is estimated at approximately $ 300. This is one of the set of the “new wave”, that is, from the consumer electronics companies that operate on the VR Microsoft and AR Windows.
The device from Lenovo is much smaller and lighter than the same Oculus and Vive. It will be equipped with OLED-screen with high resolution. Also in the headset it will be presented 6 levels of freedom tracking action, which means otstutstvie external camera as a necessity.
Lenovo VR Headset will like Sony, PlayStation VR, and, in addition, will work with controllers from other manufacturers.
4. Dell VR Headset
Dell, like Lenovo, Acer and the HP, this year is a wired headset Windows Holographic VR. A prototype of the device was unveiled at CES. There is still no exact release date, as well as the cost, but Microsoft said earlier that the approximate price will start at $ 300. Work the headset will on laptops, price of which is 500 dollars.
Although the release of the headset only planned, CTO of Dell, Liam Quinn, said at CES that Windows Holographic headset will offer its users the experience of “premium”. Moreover, Dell will work hard to make this VR-headset has been focused not only on the device from Microsoft.
5. Pico Technology, Pico Neo CV
Pico plan enter the market of virtual reality with Pico Neo CV, although the company has not yet called the exact date of release of devices and price. Following the presentation of the 2016 Pico Neo DK, centered under the corporate needs, Pico Neo CV debuted at CES in the current year.
This headset for stable operation requires neither a smartphone nor a laptop. It runs on a Snapdragon VR SDK and is charged by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The special features of the headset include a built-in motion sensor and a built-in HI-FI speaker, and two 1.5 VR-display.