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What’s in Store for Virtual Reality this Year

What’s in Store for Virtual Reality this Year

While much fanfare has been given to standalone VR systems, this post will explore the four virtual reality products announced last year, what they offer and their projected release dates.

To be an effective, all-inclusive system there must either be a very powerful video enabled smartphone or unit integrated into the VR set or the current capabilities must be stripped down. You will see a little of both in these new products.

Let us not forget in all of this, VR 2.0 is in great demand. No tethered wires and the ability to bring hands and the upper body into the immersive experience, is exactly what users have been asking for since the first VR system came out.

VR Today

Today’s Virtual Reality rentals include a gaming PC, headset with or without a smartphone, and possibly a game console, such as a PS 4 or X-Box. The gaming PC is connected to the headset because the computing demands of VR are too great to be within the headset itself.

Today’s products include a Facebook Oculus Rift, Google Daydream View, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR.

VR 2.0

Oculus Go

This all-in-one VR headset is designed with breathable fabrics, adjustable straps, and a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution LCD display. This low-cost unit offers over 1,000 VR games, social apps and 360° experiences. It doesn’t provide positional tracking which means the user will always be in the center of a 360-degree view. No specific release date has been announced, just early 2018.

Oculus Santa Cruz

This device is one step above the Oculus Go, as it offers positional tracking. The Santa Cruz is a standalone, Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) headset. Last month, developers began receiving their Santa Cruz VR headsets, yet no release date has been set and it is expected to be available sometime next year.

Daydream standalone VR

This unconnected version of the Daydream platform, offers positional tracking and 6DoF via Google’s WorldSense platform, a new technology that understands your movement in space without the need of external sensors. Google is partnering with Lenovo. Individuals will be able to livestream immersive experiences with others in 4K resolution. No distribution date has been announced.

Vive Focus

Currently released only in China, this ergonomically designed headset with built-in water-repellent padding goes on the user’s head quickly. This unit is standalone, has 6DoF tracking and a high-resolution 3K AMOLED screen that renders smooth close-ups, long shots, and intuitive spinning and jumping, making it an attractive VR option. No US release date has been announced.

What Does It All Mean?

While there is no doubt that all-in-one systems are coming, a true side-by-side comparison will need to occur to see if they can deliver the same user experience as a wired system. In the meantime, VR 1.0 systems have the power to deliver what you are looking for.

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