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Essentials in the Mix

Prologue

Is virtual reality the new real reality? or is it just a trend that’s going to disappear in the near future? Who can answer these questions? One thing is for sure, VR is fun, entertaining, and can change your mood in seconds. I’m putting together the best VR headsets based on reviews I gathered online.

Best VR Headsets 2018

A Collection of Reviews

SAMSUNG GEAR VR W/CONTROLLER (2017)

Description:

The Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus allows you to enjoy 2D, 3D, and 360-degree content by connecting it to your mobile device.

You can also view webpages and your own 360-degree images or videos. Connect other devices, such as the included Gear VR controller or other Bluetooth game controllers, with the mobile device for a more immersive experience.

Google OEM Daydream View

Description:

A headset and controller that lets you experience high-quality, immersive virtual reality (VR). Simply place your Daydream-ready phone into the headset to get started. Browse from an ever-growing collection of apps and games in the Daydream app – a home for all of your virtual reality experiences.

Don’t just see the world, experience it. Swim with a school of dolphins, take in the full majesty of the Taj Mahal, stand at the edge of a volcano – even explore the world’s most famous paintings in a virtual museum. With Daydream View, you can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere

Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System

Description: It’s a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., released on March 28, 2016. Oculus initiated a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund the Rift’s development, after being founded as an independent company two months prior.

  • Get 6 free titles, including: Robo Recall, Luckyʼs Tale, Quill, Medium, Dead and Buried, and Toybox
  • Riftʼs ultra low-latency tracking offers unparalleled immersion
  • The Oculus Touch controllers bring your hands into VR, letting you interact naturally with the virtual world
  • NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater Graphics Card Required and a RAM of 8 GB+ RAM
  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer Operating System required
  • Windows PC and internet connection required – review recommended specs to confirm system compatibility

Sony PlayStation VR

Sony PlayStation VR

Description: Discover a new world of unexpected gaming experiences. Redefine your expectations of immersion in gaming with moments so intense your intuition takes over. Step into incredible virtual worlds and overcome new challenges in extraordinary ways. The feeling of ‘being there’ starts with what you see. Seamless visuals keep you connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second. 3D Audio Technology – 3D Audio with PlayStation VR means that you’ll be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you. Instinctively turn your head to the source of a single footstep and be able to judge its distance, just as you would in real life.

  • Contains: PlayStation VR headset, Processor unit, PlayStation VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, Stereo headphones, AC power cord, AC adaptor, PlayStation VR Demo Disc
  • Games Come First – With gamers in mind, PlayStation delivers a new world of unexpected gaming experiences through PlayStation VR.
  • Just Plug and Play – Getting into PlayStation VR couldn’t be easier. Just plug the PlayStation VR headset and your PlayStation Camera into your PlayStation 4 system. Sold separately.
  • Advanced VR Display – Seamless visuals keep you connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second.
  • 3D Audio Technology – 3D Audio with PlayStation VR means that you’ll be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you.

HTC Vive

Description: VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Using a headset and wireless controllers, you can now explore and interact with VR experiences, apps and games that blur the line between imagination and reality. Enjoy 1500+ games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam in VR. Compatible Windows computer and internet connection required.

  • FLEXIBLE PLAY AREA – Use VIVE seated, standing or in a space up to 15 feet x 15 feet. SteamVR Tracking provides the best experience possible, so play the way that works for you.
  • FULLY IMMERSIVE – Realistic movement and actions from precise, 360-degree controller and headset tracking with realistic graphics, directional audio and HD haptic feedback in the virtual world.
  • POWERED BY STEAM VR – Enjoy over 1500 games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam, including new releases, automatic game updates and millions of your closest friends.
  • FREE CONTENT WITH PURCHASE – On Viveport, HTC’s global VR app store, get a free trial for Viveport Subscription plus Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank with your purchase.
  • PLAY SAFER – The Chaperone system warns you when you reach the boundaries of your play area and the headset’s front-facing camera gives you a glimpse of the real-world when you need it.

Merge VR/AR Goggles – Augmented & VR Headset for iPhone & Android

Description:

The Merge VR/AR Goggles are a vessel that will transport you to virtual worlds! Kid safe 10+ and compatible with most recent Android and iOS devices, the marshmallow-soft Merge VR/AR Goggles unlock immersive virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, powered by your smartphone. Whether you want to play new kinds of games, watch 360 videos, travel the world, or learn something in a new way, the Merge VR/AR Goggles will take you where you want to go!

  • Featured in Consumer Reports as an Expert Pick, Winner of the Academic’s Choice Award, and Taste Awards 2017 Honoree
  • Parent Tested, Parent Approved award winner and named by CNN as Best VR Headset for Big Kids and Tweens
  • Tested and approved for ages 10 plus.Compatible with Android and iOS devices, Merge VR Goggles unlock immersive virtual reality experiences, powered by your smartphone.
  • The Merge VR Goggles turn your iOS or Android smartphone into an immersive virtual reality headset
  • Amazingly comfortable and made of soft, lightweight foam that fits any face perfectly
  • Features innovative dual input buttons compatible with VR apps – no controller necessary

Final Take

I will be updating this thread with new headsets regularly. What do you think about this collection? Is your favorite VR set missing? I’m waiting for your comments and thoughts. Till next time…