Virtual Reality coming to a home near you soon

Virtual reality up until a few years ago had been a pipe dream.  Everyone knew what it was, but very few people had experienced it.  I had first had a taste of virtual reality about 20 years ago.  Then came the occulus rift and HTC vive.  Both units available for PC, but needing a high powered card to run them.

The price also coming in at over £600 for the vive also put consumers off.  Consumers could experience virtual reality through phone technology giving appeal to a mass audience.  Then silence fell for a while.

Dell virtual reality

In steps Playstation 4 the first ever console to offer an in home virtual reality experience.  This was also a very expensive unit to purchase.  Consumers were however swallowing up as much VR as they could.  Graphics cards even started to be shipped with the label VR Ready.

Microsoft also announced their plans for a mixed reality unit called the hololens.  Which would take reality and incorporate images on to it.  The power of the Xbox one X and the lack of Kinect support would suggest that at some point in the future virtual reality would be coming to the X box.

A market has clearly emerged and recently Dell announced that from October you will be able to purchase a VR visor to go along with its Alienware laptops.  Although details are not fully available yet, but the visor will have a 1440×1440 LCD panel and a hinge faceplate allowing the visor to be lifted.  The most important aspect of this is the price tag at just $349 and compatible controllers costing $100.

As well as this Microsoft have finally announced in conjunction with Acer and HP developers can now pre-order the Acer $299 and HP $329 developer mixed reality headsets.

Headset SpecsAcer Virtual Reality

  • 2 x LCD Displays, 1440 x 1440
  • 89” diagonal display size
  • Front hinge display
  • Display refresh rate up to 90Hz (native)
  • Built in audio
  • Inside out tracking
  • Sensors
    • Accelerometer
    • Gyroscope
    • Magnetometer
    • Proximity
  • 95 Degrees horizontal field view
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 and USB 3

The most exciting thing about this announcement is its compatibility with Steam one of the biggest PC gaming online stores.  That already has a bunch of VR titles on offer.

This is going to be an exciting time for virtual reality and by next year hopefully you will be seeing some headsets at a price that everyone can afford and enjoy.

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