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New VR Headsets for 2016

Updated on March 24, 2016

A little history about virtual reality

The idea of virtual reality isn't new, in fact it's been the stuff of science fiction for a long time now. There was a time not long ago in 1995 when Nintendo tried to debut with its version of a virtual reality gaming device called the Virtual Boy which was so awful it traumatized video game makers to not attempt VR again.

Well times sure are a changing. With mobile phones turning into to high-end pocket computers with crystal clear displays, it has enabled designers to make surprising simple VR headsets that are better than ever. While the processing power for true virtual reality has been left to the mobile phones, it's the VR headsets that utilize sophisticated optic systems in a side-by-side configuration to trick your eyes. Much like the old Stereoscopes or the Masterviews of the 70's.

What are VR Headsets Exactly?

As the 'VR' is self-explanatory, these are headsets that are used to experience the virtual reality world. How they work is just like the 3D Masterview, by magnifying your mobile phones displays while they're strapped to your face. The cheaper yet effective Google Cardboard is nothing more than a little cardboard that you slide your mobile phone into and watch VR videos up close to your face. Oculus Rift is a now famous high-end VR headset that is primarily for home usage on powerful gaming machines, while its sister product the GearVR is a smaller mobile version that doesn't pull back punches. Currently, there is more VR porn content available than regular content, but that will change with time.

Top Reviewed VR Headsets

Samsung Gear VR Headsets are best mobile vr headsets
Samsung Gear VR Headsets are best mobile vr headsets | Source

Buy the Samsung Gear VR Headset Today!

Samsung Gear VR (2015) - Note 5, GS6s (US Version w/Warranty - Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Samsung Gear VR (2015) - Note 5, GS6s (US Version w/Warranty - Discontinued by Manufacturer)

These virtual reality headsets from Samsung are awesome with many VR enabled mobile devices

 

Buy the Samsung Gear VR headset

Samsung wants to get into the VR game early as well, so they've collaborated with Oculus on the Gear VR headset. You can get wireless headsets that are driven by mobile phones, such as Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR - also made by Oculus - but to get the full virtual reality experience you really need to be hooked up to a PC, and that is through a cable. These headsets can be powered by computers, such as the Oculus Rift by Oculus VR, or they can be smartphone-powered (with the phone also serving as the headset's display), like the Samsung Gear VR or even Google Cardboard.

The Samsung Gear VR finally arrived for Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Monday morning. The Gear VR is compatible with Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 Edge. With the 4.7 release of Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) you can now build Virtual Reality(VR) projects for the Samsung Gear VR Headset that can transform your Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphone into an immersive VR device. The Samsung Gear VR, the first available consumer-level virtual reality headset on the market ( powered by your Samsung Android smartphone ) already has a ton of games available for download.

And Samsung has taken it upon itself to be an early pioneer of this new world with its Samsung Gear VR unit. The Gear VR is the best virtual reality gadget you can buy right now, and a great way to jump into the world of VR gaming and entertainment - just make sure you own a compatible Samsung phone first. Samsung's virtual reality experience is based on Oculus VR's platform, which means Gear VR users will have access to some of the same apps that will be available for the Oculus Rift when it launches.

The Gear VR is a clear-cut winner in the race to VR

The Samsung Gear VR is designed to work with Samsung's flagship smartphones. That said, if you're curious about VR — maybe you've already tried Google Cardboard and want to step up — the Gear VR is the best virtual reality headset available to consumers right now. To be fair, these problems are universal across all virtual reality headsets, including the higher-end Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift - my sources who demo these headsets to the public say consumers, including gamers, who try on these headsets complain of headaches, eye strain and irritation after having the headsets on for only a short period of time.

The Gear VR is easy to set up: you just download the Oculus app on your Samsung smartphone - the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ are supported, as well as the Note 5 - then slot it into the headset via the phone's microUSB connector. Experience virtual reality with other people on Samsung Gear VR with the AltspaceVR app available in the Oculus store.

Gear VR Virtual Reality Headsets

Samsung Gear VR (2015) - Note 5, GS6s (US Version w/Warranty - Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Samsung Gear VR (2015) - Note 5, GS6s (US Version w/Warranty - Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Gear VR is the best mobile VR headset you can buy at the moment. Samsung put a lot of thought into the design

 
Oculus Rift VR headsets are Awesome and make VR real
Oculus Rift VR headsets are Awesome and make VR real

Oculus Rift

We're excited to announce the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, a new mobile virtual reality headset using the Galaxy Note 4, created by Samsung and powered by Oculus. This news all comes on the heels of analysis saying that light VR solutions like Google Cardboard are going to be the way that most people in the near future experience VR. Not to mention, Google is working on improving the Cardboard audio experience This isn't to say that mobile VR is technically superior, but it is going to be the entry-level thing that convinces people to go buy an Oculus or Vive or PlayStation VR or something similar.

Oculus has upped its game once again with the consumer Rift headset. Not in the sense that they own or make the Oculus Rift in any way. A host of virtual reality headsets are set to launch this year, with the most prominent among them the Oculus Rift.

The pre-orders for the consumer version of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift are on sale. With your phone acting as the display and your homemade headset holding it in the right place, Google Cardboard presents itself as a lower-impact Oculus Rift There are a variety of Cardboard-style headsets available for purchase from the official Google Cardboard website. Google is developing a range of virtual reality headsets to take on Oculus, HTC and others, it has been claimed.

Oculus Rift is the first VR headset to resurrect the virtual reality hype. Oculus Rift is the highest profile virtual reality headset. Having tried all of the major virtual reality headsets that are either on the market or on the way (Gear VR, all of the Oculus prototypes, Sony's Playstation VR), I can honestly say: the Vive was the most impressive.

Google Cardboard is the easiest way to experience simple virtual reality at home right now, but it doesn't come close to the VR experience provided by the headsets of the future from Oculus, Sony, and HTC. CES was a big event for Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Update: Oculus has finally announced the price of its Rift headset.

You can get wireless headsets that are driven by mobile phones, such as Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR - also made by Oculus - but to get the full virtual reality experience you really need to be hooked up to a PC, and that is through a cable. Last week we talked about why we think the Oculus Rift is currently the best of the big three VR headsets showcased at CES. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has been throwing shade in the direction of the Google Cardboard virtual-reality initiative.

Oculus Rift in Action introduces the powerful Oculus Rift headset and teaches you how to integrate its many features into 3D games and other virtual reality experiences. With the appearance of the Oculus Rift VR headset, the game has changed. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two of the most prominent VR headsets soon to be jostling for position alongside Sony's PlayStation VR, however final prices for PlayStation VR and the Vive are still unknown.

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5 stars for Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
HTC Vive

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive has - like all virtual reality headsets - had a long and drawn out birth. Google is developing a range of virtual reality headsets to take on Oculus, HTC and others, it has been claimed.

You're going to need a large area to enjoy the full capabilities of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. The HTC Vive will be the first VR hardware to support SteamVR. Google Cardboard is the easiest way to experience simple virtual reality at home right now, but it doesn't come close to the VR experience provided by the headsets of the future from Oculus, Sony, and HTC.

According to CNET , several virtual reality headsets will be available to consumers this year, including devices from Sony and HTC. There is a lot of technology behind the HTC Vive Pre virtual reality headset, and now it looks like that delay was well worth it. HTC also updated the controller, and is now promising an April release date. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two of the most prominent VR headsets soon to be jostling for position alongside Sony's PlayStation VR, however final prices for PlayStation VR and the Vive are still unknown.

Virtual reality is back baby - 2016 is set to be the year when the likes of Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive Pre take VR mainstream. Other headsets coming out in 2016 - including the Sony Playstation VR headset, the Oculus Rift headset and the HTC Vive headset - will use your computer or game console as an engine. Virtual reality is set to be the next big thing, and the upcoming HTC Vive Pre doesn't disappoint.

HTC will start taking pre-orders for Vive, its virtual reality headset, from February 29, its chief executive has confirmed. If you can't wait to get your hands on an HTC Vive virtual reality headset, you can start to get your wallet ready. With regards to pricing, the HTC Vive may be more expensive than the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR headsets.

HTC has announced today that people will be able to start pre-ordering the HTC Vive starting on February 29, 2016. We used all three of the big VR headsets at CES: the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR As we said last week, none of them suck. The announcement comes as both Facebook-owned Oculus VR as well as HTC are preparing to launch their high-end Rift and Vive VR headsets later this year.

That leaves everyone else and two headsets in the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive that are very similar across the board: the Rift is likely to have the edge in content whereas the Vive has augmented reality potential and full motion tracking across a room.

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

DIY Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit is the cheapest option available using whch anyone can create their own Oculus Rift VR at home. While the likes of Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR are making the most noise about their VR experiences, Google Cardboard and its apps offer the easiest way to experience virtual reality today. And unlike many VR headsets with releases planned for later in the year, you can get Google Cardboard right now. This news all comes on the heels of analysis saying that light VR solutions like Google Cardboard are going to be the way that most people in the near future experience VR. Not to mention, Google is working on improving the Cardboard audio experience This isn't to say that mobile VR is technically superior, but it is going to be the entry-level thing that convinces people to go buy an Oculus or Vive or PlayStation VR or something similar.

Google Cardboard came onto the scene at Google IO 2014 as the first consumer VR Product ahead of Samsung's Gear VR, a little headset many already know as a device made mostly of actual cardboard. With your phone acting as the display and your homemade headset holding it in the right place, Google Cardboard presents itself as a lower-impact Oculus Rift There are a variety of Cardboard-style headsets available for purchase from the official Google Cardboard website. Simply put, Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform.

Google Cardboard is cool.

Google cardboard is amazing in its own right and will get better in time. You can get wireless headsets that are driven by mobile phones, such as Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR - also made by Oculus - but to get the full virtual reality experience you really need to be hooked up to a PC, and that is through a cable. Google started playing around with virtual reality when it revealed Cardboard VR , but in the future, we might see a fully-fledged virtual reality headset from the search giant.

Google Cardboard turns your smartphone into a full-on virtual reality device without the high price tag. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has been throwing shade in the direction of the Google Cardboard virtual-reality initiative. To find new apps for Cardboard just open Google Play and search for Cardboard.

This will download the official Google Cardboard app - a great way to get your first tast of 3D virtual reality. Apple has been developing prototypes of the headset configuration for several months although it is not known as to when it is planning to release the VR headset or if the device would compete in the mobile virtual reality area with players such as Google cardboard and Samsung Gear VR The technologies for the imaging and positioning of the headset could also be used for its secret car project.

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