- Oct 6, 2011
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Virtual Reality has always fascinated me. I can remember renting the Virtual Boy headset from Blockbuster. In my 8 year old mind that was the coolest thing ever. I only had about a week to play with it, but to me this was virtual reality. Not to much longer there was a "Virtuallity" Arcade game with a headset which was pretty advanced at the time. With the headset on you entered a world of lines and boxes. VR has come a long way since those days.
The Oculus Rift has been blazing the path for modern virtual reality and these days true virtual reality seems to be within reach. Movie and content creators are actually starting to film with 360 cameras. They are filming scenes that allow you to have a different experience based on how or where you are looking into the scene.
Entrance into the VR world has been pretty high for the past several years. If you want a Developer Kit Oculus Rift (ie not the finished product), you will need to shell out $500. Google brought a more affordable albeit less comfortable VR alternative with Google Cardboard. There are even companies like VX1 that are bringing some VResque products to market (their headset only enlarges your screen). Samsung has found the sweetspot in my eyes with their $200 Gear VR. It uses the same technology and design as the Oculus Rift and uses your Note 4 as the screen. The only setback is that you have to already own the Note4.
If you are weary about dropping $200 on a phone accessory you will be happy to know that this Sunday you will be able to give the Gear VR a try prior to buying at some local Best Buy stores. I for one will be heading to Best Buy to give this gadget a try.