The question many people were asking themselves was when a company or companies would develop affordable VR technology for use? So, the question remains, when will virtual reality technology become more accessible?
2016 has seen the entry of affordable VR technology, and it can be said to be the year when VR technology starts to become affordable. The sample below a few VR technologies and accessories that cost less and will not require you to break your bank account.
Samsung’s Gear VR which retails at $ 99.99 when compared to the amount Oculus was selling its VR technology, the Gear VR from Samsung is way more affordable. The new and improved VR technology from Samsung will offer an extended view from 96 degrees to 101. I will make it possible for users to watch more content or play games.
It is used with Samsung’s range of smartphones namely the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. The latest model will offer a higher resolution which will undoubtedly impact the entertainment of users.
Playstation lovers can finally celebrate as they will have their own – the PlayStation VR. The technology is more of an accessory for the PS4 console, but it’s a start for many people. The headset will retail at $399 when it arrives on October 13th, 2016. It costs less than its rivals and users don’t have to invest in a VR fast PC to use it.
The headset will track the movement of the head and will use the Playstation Camera to provide users with a VR experience. More content that will support the PlayStation VR will be available in late 2016 and will surely make fans of Playstation video game consoles happy.
The Sulon Q-VR headset has been named the biggest competitor to both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The VR headset runs on Windows 10 architecture, and the best thing is that it does not need a high-end PC to run. It means that is tether free.
It has been made possible by incorporating the processing power into the device. It uses AMD technology to run quality games and applications but without the many wires required to connect to a separate box when compared to its competitors.
Ear buds have been built into the device to provide 3D audio. It has embedded noise canceling microphones which enable voice communication.
This offers a universal platform that allows its users to enjoy content much the same like Google Cardboard but with a bit more comfort. It retails at $80, and the headset is mountable with straps and comfy padding. It is included in the lens Laden unit. It can be used with Android and iOS devices.
It has been around since 2014, and it is made of a folding cardboard container where a user can place a smartphone. The Cardboard has two benefits namely the lack of hardware to operate it, and it’s universal as it supports a broad range of smartphones.
As a breakaway success, many people have been able to sample VR content without the need of investing in high-end VR technology. It is an Adhoc VR viewer as it does not have a head strap and all one has to do is place it close to the eyes and they will be able to view content.
There have been a range of Cardboard apps from Google Street View to 360-degree videos on YouTube.
The above are just a few that have made a mark in VR technology affordability. More are coming and soon maybe in 4 or 5 years time, VR technology will be more affordable. Every user will be able to have access to one much like smartphones and tablets have become.
It is attributed to the entry of new players, use of affordable hardware and the availability of new platforms to port VR technology to like Google’s Daydream.