Gaming technology is constantly evolving to stages you would never think off on the old days.
In the past, we used to play electronic games, with simple controllers, and we were so excited about it, consoles like the Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox did a huge changing on gaming concept when they first appeared.
Today, technology gives us the chance to live in games, not just to play it on an ordinary console or a PC, this year we entered a new generation of gaming, a milestone that comes every few years to make a new world with new rules, Today the new gaming technology of Virtual Reality Headsets gets too advanced
Virtual Reality in games allows you to use your body and movement, to simulate your actions and moves in the game`s world, although the term is not new to gamers, but the advanced features and enhancements offered by the technology, and designed through the new headset is really incredible.
On this year 2016, three major companies released three different headsets, which offer to its user full immersive virtual reality in gaming, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive finally made it to the markets, and gamers are now able to experience whole new different aspects with games.
We have gathered some information to compare between the three sets, as we want to express their features for users, to choose wisely when making a purchasing decision.
- Oculus Rift:
It was released on March 28, 2016, by Oculus VR, a company acquired in 2014 by Facebook, the vision behind the development of the set is to offer a good VR set with remarkable performance, to the users with a low-cost price, the initial price first came to 600$ per piece.
The set initial release was received well, certain criticism was mentioned on the high price and the high system requirements for PC to run on. But lately, developers were able to minimize the system requirements, as the headset now is having much fewer hardware requirements system than before.
Some big PC / Laptop companies made Oculus-ready systems with required system specifications, so users are able to buy a custom made PC for their set to meet a compatible experience when operating the set, these companies include; Asus, Dell, Alienware, and Lenovo.
On the same time, you would be able to enhance you VR experience by buying additional sound and controller devices, which are offered to buy by the same developer, these sets would cost you additional 250$, that means a whole Oculus set will cost about 850$ per full set.
Display : PenTile OLED.
Graphics: 2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye) @ 90 Hz.
Sound: Integrated 3D audio headphones, which are removable.
Optional: headphone jack input.
Input: 6DOF (3-axis rotational tracking + 3-axis positional tracking) through USB-connected IR LED sensor, which tracks via the “constellation” method.
Controller input: Xbox One game controller, Oculus Touch motion tracked controllers.
Connectivity: HDMI 1.3, USB 3.0, USB 2.0.
- PC hardware requirements:
Video: Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater.
CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater.
Memory: 8GB+ RAM.
Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output.
USB: Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port.
OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit, or newer.
As the main purpose of the set is concentrated on the gaming world, the games numbers that support Oculus set increase and expected to reach a high reasonable amount, and there are various genres of games` types among them, such as driving, action, and adventure games.
You ought to consider to play these games:
Time Machine VR, DiRT Rally, AirMech: Command, and Farlands.
- PlayStation VR:
Sony cannot miss the chance of having a share in VR market, as it has one of the leading consoles in the gaming world; the Sony PlayStation.
Sony released its VR set on 13 October 2016, with a reasonable price among other sets, which came to 400$ per piece, and it`s operated on Sony PlayStation 4 only.
The main feature of the set is that it can output picture simultaneously on a TV set and the headset itself, well; that would make you have an audience while playing!
Sony offers to its user’s additional option of buying the product as a bundle, it is available through various online markets such as Amazon, and its price is 500$ per piece, and also it came with additional enhancement tools such as Sony PlayStation camera.
If you are a true gamer, and a PlayStation fan, you would not miss the chance to try this VR set by your long-term friendly cooperation; Sony.
- VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection, headband at the shortest).
- Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length, excludes largest projection).
- VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable).
- Processor unit: Approx. 365g.
Display Method: OLED.
Panel Size: 5.7 inches.
Panel Resolution: 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye) with Refresh Rate 120Hz, 90Hz.
Field of View: Approximately 100 degrees
Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
- VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack
- Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX
Processor Unit Function: 3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), and Cinematic mode.
- VR headset × 1
- Processor unit × 1
- VR headset connection cable × 1
- HDMI cable × 1
- USB cable × 1
- Stereo headphones × 1 (with a complete set of earpiece)
- AC power cord × 1
- AC adaptor × 1
Sony finally made its debut on the new generation of VR sets, so we expect a unique gaming experience with awesome multi-genres games, Sony already announced the supported games to its new system on its official website.
Nether-less we encourage you to try these games which we think it will offer a great gaming experience:
Batman Arkham VR, EVE Valkyrie, Ace Combat 7, REZ Infinite, and FARPOINT.
- HTC Vive:
Valve Corporation, as one of the gaming leaders, decided to enter the VR market with a VR set of its own, Valve partnered with HTC to develop a high-performance VR set, and it decided to release it on the markets on April 2016, just a few days after the release of Oculus VR set.
The set initial price is 800$ per piece, and it is a high price compared to other sets on the market such as PlayStation VR or Oculus VR.
But that price is high for a reason, and it is suitable for other features offered by this set, as it allows you to experience the room scale technology, which turns your room into a 3d space environment, allowing you to interact with objects via simulation and diversion of objects.
Valve made moderate system requirements for PC users to operate this device, also it offers some System-ready PCs designed for Vive VR, these package solutions are offered by MSI, Alienware, and HP.
Also to enhance the whole body VR experience, Valve released a handful set of accessories comes with reasonable prices, including; a Nose Rest, a Face Cushion, and a base set for enhanced audio experience.
These additional accessories would cost you another 200$ on the average.
Vive VR set made a huge success and received well from both audience and gaming reviewers, due to its advanced and enhanced technology, also it wins more than 22 awards in CES “Consumer Electronics Show” 2016, including best of CES.
Display technology: PenTile OLED.
Resolution: 2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye) with Refresh rate90 Hz.
Field of view (Nominal): Average of 110 degrees
Tracking system: Lighthouse (2 base stations emitting pulsed IR lasers).
Input: Video /data / Bluetooth.
Weight : 555 grams.
OS: Microsoft Windows
Connection: 1x HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x USB 2.0.
Sound: 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones, Built-in microphone.
Controller input: SteamVR wireless motion tracked controllers.
Camera: Front-facing camera for looking around in the real world.
- PC hardware requirements:
OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater.
Memory: 4 GB RAM.
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater.
Valve Cooperation has a big history in games, it made many featured games franchises such as Counter Strike, for example, now Valve faces a new challenge to offer a new whole gaming experience to its fans on the VR market.
On the upcoming years more brilliant games will be offered to gamers, as Valve already made some promises with high trend gaming companies such as Epic Games, which already made a VR support to its game “Elite: Dangerous”.
More or less, you should take a look at these games that are available to play:
War Thunder, The Gallery: Call of the Starseed, Elite: Dangerous, and Job Simulator: the 2050 Archives.
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