What is VR? What are types of VR? How to select a suitable VR set for your requirement in your budget? Which are currently the best VR set in India market? You read the answer to these questions in this piece.
If you have not already noticed, the electronic market is flooded with VR or Virtual Reality gadgets these days. Almost all smartphone manufacturers have launched some sort of VR device. It seems the next big thing, after smartphones, is going to be the world of Virtual Reality.
Have you ever wondered why there is a sudden shift toward VR? Market research gurus have predicted that the gadget landscape is destined to change with the advent of this new technology.
Why not we dig a bit deeper into what VR actually is and what are the points you need to keep in mind when buying a virtual reality gadget.
► What is VR?
VR is short for Virtual Reality, which has a really simple meaning. This new technology creates a virtual world around a user. The method and gadgets used to create this virtual world can be different but the concept is same.
As of now, most manufacturers are selling VR Headsets that one is required to wear around his or her head. This headset places a display in front of user’s eye. In between the user’s eye and the display are two lenses that help to give 3D perspective.
One can watch movies and play games using this technology. After wearing a VR headset, one feels like he is in the movie or the game itself.
► Types of VR Headsets
Headsets with Built-In Display: These headsets come with inbuilt display and deliver a high-quality experience. You will feel like your body is inside the scene. Devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive come in this category.
To buy a VR headset that has a display built-in, one will need deep pockets. The price of Oculus Rift in the US is around USD600, which roughly converts to 40,000 rupees.
- Best quality experience
- Smooth graphics
- Great for gaming
- Are often attached to a cord (do not allow for free moment)
Headsets without Built-In Display: Luckily, there are VR headsets that are cheaper and pocket-friendly. These do not come with an inbuilt screen and instead use modern smartphones as the actual display.
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The downside of this type of headsets is they often degrade the end user experience. Most options out there are uncomfortable. The VR quality will also depend on the screen quality of the smartphone one is using. Although phones with full HD screens do work with VR headsets but to get the best experience you will need a quad-HD or 4K smartphone.
- Easy to use
- Most headsets out there are not comfortable
- Experience will depend on the screen quality of your smartphone
► Which One Should You Buy?
The choice here comes down to how deep is your pocket. If you just want to experience VR and have a smartphone with a decent display, then a cheap Smartphone Headset will do the job. In my opinion, you should not eye for a costly headset like Oculus Rift. For now, use your smartphone to get the taste of VR. As the technology improves and more competitors come, the dedicated VR headsets (with inbuilt displays) will become cheaper.