2019 is an exciting year for Virtual Reality headsets. As the quality and performance increase, the cost decreases which makes VR technology more accessible to a much wider audience. Though Oculus and VIVE being the pioneers in VR industry, there are some disruptive players joining the game. Let us throw some light on those best Virtual Reality headsets.
The Oculus Quest
Oculus, a Facebook venture, was working on a completely standalone VR headset, under the hood, for several months, code-named “Santa Cruz”. The headset termed as “Oculus Quest” was officially announced at Oculus Connect 5 by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a price tag of $399. It is a 6DOF standalone headset which runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The four cameras on each corner take care of positional tracking which makes the Quest a completely wireless VR headset. It is placed between the “high-end” Oculus Rift and “entry-level” Oculus GO. It will be launched with 50+ game titles by the spring of 2019.
The HTC VIVE Pro Eye
HTC partnered with Tobii, the global leader in eye tracking, and launched the next generation of VR headset with eye tracking. The Vive Pro Eye uses foveated rendering to reduce the rendering workload by greatly reducing the image quality in the peripheral vision. It also increases the quality of focused objects making up for a more immersive experience. Other than improved performance it can also be used for intuitive interactions.
The HTC Vive Cosmos
Another exciting offering from HTC is The VIVE Cosmos which is a direct competitor of Oculus’s Quest. Comes with internal tracking capabilities, 6DOF controllers and it is powered by a PC. HTC also teased us that it can also be powered by a smartphone in the future. HTC remained silent about giving more details about this device. We will be keeping an eye on this one.
The Pimax 5K Plus
The Pimax 5K Plus is the latest offering from the Chinese manufacturer Pimax. Pimax 5k plus has a beautiful 2560*1440p displays on both eyes. It comes in two editions, the standard edition is equipped with LCD display and business edition with an OLED display. It has one of the biggest FOV of 200 degree which is almost as equal to our eyes. What it means is a fully immersive high definition experience. Note that the standard edition is only for personal purposes and if you want to use it for commercial purposes then you should go for the business edition. It is compatible with Piplay, Steam VR and Oculus.
PICO G2 4K
PICO is a popular VR headset manufacturer based out of China. At CES 2019, it showcased its newest all in one 4K VR headset. This product is mainly aimed for business purposes and has some unique features. One of them is kiosk it can lock the device to play only one experience which is essential for Business VR headsets. The Pico G2 4K has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU and three degrees of freedom for tracking. The Pico G2 4K will be available in the first half of this year.
Oasis out of Ready Player One is in fact far away but we are getting closer and closer to it day by day. So which of these VR handsets got your eyes and what do you expect in VR? Comment your thoughts below.
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