Wouldn’t you like to step outside your office after a tiring day at work and enter the world of another dimension? Perhaps the world of your own making?
You may wonder what Virtual Reality Devices really are. Well, they are holographic computers embedded into a headset. This combination enables you to interact with other people and holographs letting you see and hear within another, not real dimension.
It may soon be more than possible, since Virtual Reality (VR) Devices’ market is bound to flourish extremely.
It is said that between 2015 and 2019, VR Devices sales will rise from $2.5 million to almost $24 million, which is the best proof that the market is expanding very fast. Although the price range is wide, it is still possible to try VR for just a few dollars.
Let’s see what options do we have on the market:
- Oculus Rift – Facebook’s take on VR. It consists of a headset and controllers compatible with Xbox One (Facebook united with Microsoft in this venture). It offers a wide range of activities being a part of your favourite games, movies or experiencing another dimension. However, it will most likely work only on very fast PCs and we need to wait for it for a while, since it is said to be out Q1 2016.
- Google Cardboard set – Google presented a different approach, because in this case you don’t spend money on pricey equipment and can focus on the experience itself. VR can be accessed via any Android phone with special VR apps.
- Sony’s Morpheus – it’s a VR for consoles. The device has gone through some changes and now the screen strained from 90 degrees to 100 degrees and the resolution is much better. The weight of the device has also been adjusted to be worn for longer than 15 min (usually heavy devices gave its users neck problems and headaches). It is possible that Morpheus will be compatible with other Sony devices, however it has not been confirmed yet.
- Microsoft HoloLens – it has been a 7- year- project described as ‘Full Windows 10 device with holographic capabilities’ (Phil Spencer). It will be wireless, to enable users to move around while entering the VR. This is not all, it will also allow its users to operate images in VR space and produce 3D objects which may then be printed in 3D. Its release date keeps moving and right now it is planned to be launched next year (2016).
21st century introduces innovation that were unthinkable in the past. A possibility to enter another reality gives a whole panoply of activities. The VR Devices will be evolving through the years – let’s just hope they will eventually be more affordable and wearable. Of course without losing the ‘out-of-this-world’ quality.