Pick Your VR Headsets… Easy!

By Polo Lam, Global Marketing Assistant at GAZ VR & editor of revista Mundo360.

Like I promised in my last article ‘Most Of Us Don’t Understand VR’, I am going to make your life easier in selecting your VR glasses!

Mobile VR

Google Cardboard

Source: http://www.popsci.com/google-cardboard

Price: $14

Quality: Low

Hardware: Most phones

Advantage: Cheapest way to enjoy VR

Disadvantage: Extremely low quality

Xiaomi VR

Source: http://www.wareable.com/xiaomi/xiaomi-daydream-vr-headset-release-date-price-specs-667

Price: $20

Quality: Low

Hardware: Mi5, Note 4, Redmi Pro, Redmi Note 3/ Note 3 Pro, Mi4S, Redmi 3/Pro/3S, Mi 4C

Advantage: Cheap

Disadvantage: Extremely low quality

Google Daydream

Source: http://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/04/daydream-vr-headset/

Price: $79 + phone ($649–769)

Quality: Medium

Hardware: Pixel, Pixel XL

Advantage: Runs on Android Operation System

Disadvantage: Lack of content/ Overheats

Samsung Gear VR

Source: http://www.samsung.com/es/consumer/mobile-devices/wearables/gear/SM-R322NZWAPHE

Price: $95 + phone ($349–629)

Quality: Medium

Hardware: 5note, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 Edge

Advantage: Good variety of content

Disadvantage: Restricted to Samsung phones

Console VR

Playstation VR

Source: http://www.roadtovr.com/sony-playstation-vr-breakout-box-is-not-a-crutch-for-ps4-psvr-playstation-4-virtual-reality/

Price: $349 + PlayStation ($299-399) + Camera ($59)

Quality: Medium

Hardware: PS4, Slim, Pro

Advantage: Big platform with existing 40 million PS4 users

Disadvantage: Mostly games

Oculus Rift + (Touch)

Source: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/oculus-rift-headset-for-compatible-windows-pcs-black/4932000.p?skuId=4932000

Price: $798 + Computer ($1400–3000)

Quality: High

Hardware: Computer

Advantage: Established platform (Oculus Store)/ More upcoming contents

Disadvantage: Restricted by wire

HTC Vive

Source: https://www.cnet.com/es/analisis/htc-vive/

Price: $799 + Computer ($1400–3000)

Quality: High

Hardware: Computer

Advantage: Established platform (Steam)/ More upcoming contents

Disadvantage: Restricted by wire

Idealens K2

Source: http://t3n.de/news/idealens-k2-vr-headset-ohne-718404/

Price: $500

Quality: Medium

Hardware: Only the Headset

Advantage: Wireless/ All-In-One Headset/ Open Source development

Disadvantage: 2 hours battery life

Conclusion

If we are looking in the long term and you are an English speaker, I would place my bet on Google Daydream because of the Android system it runs on. If you are a Mandarin speaker, I would go for the Xiaomi VR because it is so cheap.

If we are looking for an affordable mid/short-term solution, I would go for the Samsung Gear VR because it has sufficient content to enjoy.

If you are a serious gamer, I would go for the HTC Vive purely because of the quality.

Next article, we are going to learn about 360 cameras for everyday people. Let’s show our friends a cool way of capturing special moments.

Thanks for reading!

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