The tech industry has taken a major step in bringing VR to a broader audience. Today, the gaming industry is working hard to find ways through which it can absorb VR technology fully and ensure improved experiences for gamers. As a result, we recently took you through some of VR gaming ideas from the 2017 Global Game Jam and various world’s biggest events that will see VR have a successful run in 2017 and beyond, especially in the gaming industry.
If you didn’t know, the idea of VR isn’t that new. It’s been circulating in the tech space for years, but recently the technology broke free from long-standing chains and had the gaming industry as one of the few places it would call home.
Actually, its major breakthrough began in 2016 (though its performance was average), but 2017 has already been seen as the year when it achieves its desired place and freedom in the gaming industry.
For a better journey in 2017 and beyond, major developers of this technology have stepped up their game with a good number of improvements already being seen.
To ensure you aren’t left out, we’ve prepared a list of some of top VR systems that are deemed fit for video gaming today.
The systems vary in terms of features, usage and prices, but they’re all worth being aware of, as you may need at least one of them with major transformation expected in the gaming industry. .
1. Oculus Rift
Speaking of PC-based HMDs, Oculus Rift can’t go unmentioned. This Facebook-owned Oculus system has commanded more headlines than any other VR system.
This VR system was initially launched as a Kickstater project and later Facebook acquired it.
The Oculus Rift may seem like a relatively simple device but it’s actually a remarkable piece of kit stuffing a wealth of innovative tech. According to its developers, it includes a whole bunch of amazing hardware designed to create a sense of complete immersion in three-dimensional world.
“Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.”
The Oculus have always explained how the spent months modifying the design and hardware just to ensure the product was in line with the market demand. Therefore, the system comprises of several components (including the headset that’s full with sensors to offer unique display), which work together for the best user experience.
“Rift’s advanced display technology combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence – the feeling as though you’re actually there. The magic of presence changes everything. You’ve never experienced immersion like this.”
They recently introduced the ‘Touch’ that enables the Rift to generate some wonderfully immersive VR experiments, such as the Arizona Sunshine (a post-apocalyptic zombie survival game).
“Now combine the immersive power of Rift with the magic of hand presence only Touch can offer—for a new lower price.“
2. HTC Vive.
This another popular PC-based HMD after Oculus Rift. HTC Vive is unalike other VR systems because it offers you the freedom to wander around a room, hence it’s presently marketed as the highest-end home VR system available.
Thanks to HTC’s partnership with Valve, this VR system has managed to offer several unique VR experiences in the gaming industry.
According to its developers:
“Putting on the VIVE headset washes away the real world with fantastical experiences–from rec room-type games like ping-pong or pool to experiences spanning categories. SteamVR™ Tracking, stunning graphics, a 110˚ field of view, intuitive controls and HD haptic feedback provide an unparalleled sense of immersion.”
Through the partnership, Vive has been steadily growing its games library since launch.
“Enjoy over a thousand games for SteamVR™, plus everything you love about Steam in virtual reality. Keep tabs on the newest releases, automatically download game updates and create and share content with millions of your closest friends on Steam.”
Tech-wise, HTC Vive uses IR sensors mounted on walls to mapping the user location in the physical space, integrating this into virtual world. A range of sensors are also integrated on the headset to present the slick visuals to the users.
3. Samsung Gear VR.
Through the introduction of Samsung Gear VR, mobile VR has today transformed from a mere curiosity into a practical and entertaining platform. This mobile VR system has seen Samsung become one of the first companies in the VR development business.
According to VR Source; Having been co-developed with Oculus, Samsung Gear VR currently stands as one of the top VR systems designed to support a smartphone instead of requiring a connection to PC and Console.
“The Gear VR is a VR unit that connects to your phone, as opposed to a computer or game system. While not as advanced as recent PC-powered VR solutions, the Gear VR was built in partnership with Oculus – the same guys behind the PC-centric Oculus Rift. That means you get Oculus Home as a storefront, and many of the same games — though obviously with considerably lower performance than you’d get with the Rift.”
This device features 96-degrees field of view, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscopes, geometric sensor, focal adjustment dial, navigational touchpad, among other great components that makes it stand out as a top mobile VR system.
4. Sony PlayStation VR
Sony joined the virtual reality gaming business with PlayStation VR. The headset among the best and affordable on the market right now. According to most gamers, it’s certainly the best for console gamers interested in the technology as things stand.
It’s also the best-selling VR system in the market today, thanks to its in-built console gamer fan base.
According to its developers, it’s a unique VR system that enables gamers to explore a new world of unpredictable gaming and entertainment experiences.
“Redefine your expectations of immersion in gaming with moments so intense your intuition takes over. Step into incredible virtual worlds and experience entertainment in new and extraordinary ways.”
Through its great hardware and software compilation, PlayStation VR eliminates plenty of obstructions to virtual reality because it’s an add-on to an existing platform. It offers immersive gaming to your existing console and is widely available.
“The PlayStation®VR headset was engineered to be balanced, comfortable, and completely adjustable. It’s designed to feel like it’s not there – keeping you free from distraction as you explore new gaming worlds.”
5. Google Daydream
Similar to most tech giants, Google have managed to make a name for themselves in the VR industry by unveiling Google Daydream View in 2017. Daydream is the next generation of VR from Google and it’s viewed as the VR system that simplifies access to virtual reality content on a mobile device.
According to techradar, Daydream is a clear indication of Google’s recent attempts to improve from the Google Cardboard.
“Unlike Google’s somewhat-disposable VR headset, which aimed to get people in the VR door with a low cost and lenient power requirements, Daydream is a more robust vision that has its sight set on providing higher-quality experiences to Android Nougat users.”
And according to its developers, the device advantageous as it offers is comfort, created from a soft material instead of hard plastics like many of the rivals.
“The Daydream View headset is made with lightweight fabric, inspired by what you wear. Paired with a controller, both are designed to be easy and intuitive.”
There’s also a wide range of features, now better systematized than it was formerly on the Google Cardboard days.
Video game developers have been working over the last few years to come up with games that look better than ever before and the rapid technological advancements have enabled them to create some truly stunning spectacles.
Given Virtual Reality is most certainly here to stay and set to revolutionize the gaming industry, we should expect several titles in line with VR technology.
At present, the games are quite basic and the graphics aren’t really up to the standard, but the future looks brighter with new improvements in waiting.
Geekster’s list of top VR headsets in 2017.