Nowadays the craze of virtual reality gaming has been very much increased. Everyone wants to play a game which provides them a real environment. To feel like a real environment in gaming, Virtual gaming is very much necessary. If I talk about its market perspective then the business of virtual gaming was $8.2 Billion in 2017 and it is expected that it will reach $32.8 Billion in 2023.
Now come to the basics of virtual reality gaming, How it works and it provides a very realistic environment to the user?
Virtual reality gaming is the extended version of the conventional computer gaming. Little bit upgradation has been done in the conventional gaming and it has converted into virtual gaming. The first change is the addition of a 3-D artificial environment in conventional gaming. Virtual reality environment is created in the system by the help of Virtual reality software. After addition of these things, you feel like a real environment in a virtual system. It provides you a 360-degree environment by the help of 3-D technology.
Prior to the invention of compact technology, Projectors or a large room is used for playing a virtual reality gaming. But now you can just wear a VR headset and feel like a 360-degree real environment.
What are VR headsets?
VR headsets is a virtual reality device that is worn at the head of the person. It is mostly used for virtual reality gaming but it has also some other application. It was introduced in 1994. If I talk about its inner architecture then it contains a display which is known as Stereoscopic head-mounted display. This display is responsible for generating two different images for both the eyes.
It also contains some another sensor like head motion tracking sensor. Inside this sensor accelerometer, Gyroscope and structured light systems are available. Which gives the information regarding the head movement to the computer. In some new headsets, eye tracking sensors are used that will detect the movement of your iris.
Now let’s discuss the best virtual reality headsets available in the market
HTC vive is one if the most trusted brand of VR headsets available in the market. The HTC Vive will be compatible with your PC but it is mandatory that your PC has a good graphics card. It is developed by HTC and Valve Corporation.
Hardware and accessories used in HTC vive
A. Vive headset- Vive headset has two separate OLED panels for both the eyes. Both have a resolution of 1080×1200. It is also equipped with a front-facing camera that allows the user to observe surrounding without removing the headset.
B. Vive Controllers- Vive controllers are equipped with multiple input methods such as a trackpad, grip button, and a dual stage trigger. After fully charging, it will be used up to 6 hours. It is also equipped with a stream VR tracking system.
C. Vive Base Station- Vive base station is responsible for creating a 360-degree virtual space up to 15×15 foot radius.
Games available in HTC vive
More than 100 games are available in the HTC Vive virtual headset. An open source program Revive allows Oculus Rift games to be used with HTC Vive. Best games of HTC Vive are:-
• HTC Vive Pro
HTC Vive Pro is the upgraded model of HTC Vive. In was introduced on 8 January 2018. It is equipped with a more high-resolution display 1440×1600 as compared to the HTC Vive. The other upgraded accessories and hardware are- Second Outward Facing Camera, Attachable headphones, a microphone for noise cancelation analysis and a better balancing model with reduced weight.
• Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed by Oculus VR which is owned by Facebook. It is equipped with two pentile OLED display having resolution 1080×1200 for per eye. Other features are rotational and positional tracking and an Integrated headphone which provides a soothing 3-D audio effect. It is also equipped with very good controllers.
Games Available in Oculus Rift
There are three types of games available in Oculus rift Headsets
A. Natural Locomotive- It only uses the motion and rotation of the player’s head. Some of the popular games are Dead secret, Drunk or Dead, Deadly Burrito and Rec room, etc.
B. Cockpit Locomotive- Cockpit Locomotive uses a cockpit by which the player can traverse the environment. Some of the popular games are War Thunder, Gun Jack, Dirt Rally, Live for speed and Flight Simulator X, etc.
C. Artificial Locomotive- Artificial Locomotive games are those which artificially move the camera. Some of the popular games are The Climb, Legend of Dungeon, Minecraft, Obduction and Rec room, etc.
Best Games of Oculus Rift are-
• Play Station VR
Play Station VR is developed by Sony Computer entertainment. It came into the market in October 2016. It is equipped with a 5.7-inch OLED panel and has a resolution of 1080P. It has also a 3-D audio effect and it provides a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Games Available on Play Station VR
More than 200 games are available on Play station VR. Some of them are free and some of them are paid.
Best games of Play Station VR are-
Price of Play Station VR – Starts from 26,000 rupees
• Google Day Dream View
Google Daydream View is developed by Google. It is compatible with the Android mobile operating system from Nougat 7.1 and later versions. The Daydream Compatible phones are-
Pixel and Pixel XL, Moto Z, ZenFone AR, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+, Galaxy note 8, Pixel2 and Pixel2 XL, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Pixel3 and Pixel3 XL.
Google Day Dream Price- Starts from 4000 rupees
• Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR is developed by Samsung and available in the market since 2015. Lots of amazing games are available in Samsung Gear. The main advantage is its price is very less. It is compatible with Samsung smartphones.
Price of Samsung Gear VR- Starts from 1500 rupees
So these were the list of best VR Headsets available in the market. Lots of users always confused about how to select the best Virtual reality Headset.
Now I am going to describe some essential features that must be available in any VR headset. Before Purchasing you need to check these features and you will get a better deal of VR Headsets.
Essential features of VR Headsets
If you are looking for a VR headset which just provides you a 360 degree, 3-D videos or adventure features then you need not invest more money. You can just purchase Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR. Other third-party VRs are also available in the market. These are the VR headsets which easily supports in your Android or I Phone smartphones.
What About Extra VR accessories- You can purchase some extra controllers if you have a PC and you want a better experience of VR gaming. For Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, you can pick a point and click controller. If you are using Play Station VR you can pick a VR aim Controller. And if you are using Oculus Rift then you can buy Oculus Touch controllers.