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Getting Started with Virtual Reality

Until a few years ago, virtual reality was something right out of science fiction or a fantasy movie set. With scientific advancements and developments, however, virtual reality came into being in 2010 when a teenager named Palmer Luckey made the first VR headset prototype - one that would eventually come to be be known as the Oculus Rift. If you are new to virtual reality, here are some of the most important things that you need to know.


VR Headsets


The most important piece of a virtual reality kit is the headset, a device like a thick pair of goggles that goes over your eyes. VR headsets can be categorize into two types: stationary VR (3DoF) and walkable VR (6DoF). If you are thinking about buying a headset, make sure that you take into consideration the available space, your budget, and the ease of setup.




Mobile or PC Powered

img4PC powered VR devices are powerful, typically well-designed, and often high-end devices that can offer users an awesome VR experience. Their power and capabilities are dependent on the PC powering them. If you have enough in your budget and have the required hardware, this can be a great choice for you. One disadvantage, however,  of PC powered devices is that they need to be tethered to a PC. This means that the hardware should also be as powerful in order to run high end VR and the device itself.

Mobile VR, on the other hand, provides the distinct benefit of being portable. This means that you you can easily bring it out of your home. You can easily use it when you are at a friend or family member's house and even when you are at work. In order to work, you have to attach your phone to it. Depending on the VR device, expect a relatively extensive range of compatibility with different mobile phone brands and models.



There are other virtual reality products which have been released to the market beyond the big-name headsets. From headsets to controllers, there are plenty of them which can capture your attention.