The concept of a pair of googles that provide a literal view into another, fictional world was first introduced by accomplices accomplished fiction writer, Stanley Weinbaum in the 1930s in his novel titled Pygmalion’s Spectacles.
The term ‘Virtual Reality” was brought into popular culture by Jaron Lanier in 1987. This was ushered in by his founding of the company, VPL. VPL specialized in the development and sales of Virtual Reality gloves and googles.
In 2016, however, there is the dawn of an entirely new age in Virtual Reality technology. The culmination of technological developments over the years have allowed developers to generate awe inspiring experiences that will usher in a revolution in the entertainment and gaming industries.
Contrary to predictions by scientists of old, this technological development is not able the means of the average citizen. Rather, the Virtual Reality technology is affordable enough to permeate the mainstream tech market.
Virtual Reality headsets have become very popular in today’s tech marker. Virtual Reality headsets are also referred to as Head Mounted Displays, or HMDs. The most popular types of VR headsets include the HTC Five, the Oculus Rift, and the Samsung Gear VR.
The very first to be released was the Samsung Gear VR that was introduced into the mainstream market in November 2015 while the Oculus Rift was welcomed into the market in 2016. A few weeks later, the HTC Vive was launched and introduced into the mainstream market.
In the world of high end VR headsets, the Oculus Rift is leading the pack and it is followed by HTC Vive. These two products are way more advanced than the Samsung Gear VR which experts have ridiculed as being unfit to be referred to as high end.
The Oculus VR was launched BT a 21 year old Palmer Luckey and it was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The eventual product was a surprise hit that earned a million dollars in just three days.
The technology was purchased by Facebook two years later for $2 billion.
Among Virtual Reality enthusiasts, the Oculus Rift is the favourite choice. However, using the Oculus Rift effectively will require the use of a powerful gaming computer for an all round Virtual Reality experience to be facilitated.
It is relatively expensive with a price tag of $599 but it compensates for its expensiveness with am out of this world experience and a high end performance.
The HTC Vive is the result of a collaboration with the makers of the legendary gaming series Half Life, Valve. The HR headset works in the same way as Oculus Rift and it also requires a powerful gaming computer and a high resolution screen to deliver on optimal performance.
There is good news for computers that are not up to the recommended specs of Vive and Rift. These computers can run other VR games but it will be with the aid of a PC bundle, a new desktop, and a powerful headset.
Samsung Gear VR was the result of a collaborative effort between Oculus and Samsung and the product was introduced as a lite version of the Oculus Rift.