Virtual Reality: What should you buy?
Virtual Reality Headsets
Oculus Rift gameplay demo
Video of HTC Vive experience
Virtual Reality: Race of the Century.
Oculus Rift, HTV Vive, and many other virtual reality headsets have surfaced in the past few years. The ultimate question, though, is which will be better?
Set to release in the first quarter of 2016, Oculus Rift was the first "serious" virtual reality that I ever become obsessed with. I've spent many hours watching Youtube videos of people playing pointless Japanese games, to horror games that would make me soil myself if I were in their shoes. With each Dev kit released, the Oculus has proven that it plans to keep it position as "king of the hill". 1080p resolution, 3D graphics, and head tracking are just a few things that make this device an epic piece of technology.
The question is, how long will it keep it's championship title?
A very close competitor, the HTC Vive (set to release in November of this year) was a surprise to me. When you think of HTC, you usually think of phones; you wouldn't, for a second, fathom that they would be (probably) the #1 competitor of Oculus Rift. Like it's rival, the Vive will feature head tracking, 1080p resolution, and the ability to look around 3D environments. Unlike Oculus though, the Vive will be equipped with two wii-like motion controllers that can become either tools within a game or even hands that enable you to manipulate objects in your environment. Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift, has recently announced motion controllers. The controllers won't be released, initially, with the first consumer generation; but it's possible that is may be included later on.
I definitely see potential in both of them, but the Oculus Rift will probably be my first choice as a consumer. The Oculus has been available to developers a lot longer, which enabled them to create quite a bit of content. When the Oculus releases, I have a feeling the experience with make me shit brix.
What about the consoles?
Currently known as "Project Morpheus", Playstation didn't skip a beat in attempting to make it with the big boys. Like it's cousins, Morpheus allows you to immerse yourself in whatever fantasy the developers are able to cook up. The biggest difference between Morpheus, Oculus, and Vive is that Morpheus was made with the sole purpose of hooking up to the Playstation 4. That could mean a couple of things. Since console gaming tends to be quite a bit cheaper than PC gaming, there's a chance that Morpheus's popularity could overthrow the other two; but PCs are pretty well know for having better graphics and overall performance. Depending on your budget and preference, Morpheus may be the one for you.
As far as Xbox goes, there isn't any evidence of Microsoft dipping it's toes into VR. Does that mean they'll fall back and eventually deteriorate? Doubtful. Like the innovators that they are, Microsoft has been developing AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES! Super exciting stuff, but Augmented Reality will have to wait for it's own page.
Project Morpheus Gameplay
Which VR headset do you think you'll buy first?
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