People looking to venture into the world of virtual reality will need to obtain a headset of some sort. As most people are well aware of these headsets are anything cheap, and can easily reach the US$500 mark. Thankfully, there are more affordable solutions available as well, which make it somewhat easier to venture in VR without paying an arm or leg.
4. LG 360 VR
Nearly every major electronics manufacturer has been creating their own virtual reality headset as of late. LG Is a bit late to this party, albeit their product seems to be quite powerful. Although it will set users back US$100, it is a very affordable solution. That is assuming one has the LG G5, as that is the only phone capable with this headset right now. Moreover, this headset allows users to experience VR in 360 degrees, which can be quite appealing to some.
3. Google Cardboard
Perhaps the cheapest solution to get involved in VR is the Google Cardboard. This device – which is nothing more than a carton holder for your phone – has been around since 2014 and makes experiencing virtual reality very straightforward. More importantly, it supports any model or brand of smartphone, as long as it fits in the front part of the Google Cardboard.
Although one could argue Cardboard is not a proper virtual reality experience, the product has been greeted with a lot of positive reviews. Users don’t need to invest in expensive systems, which makes it very appealing. It is one of the best options to experience virtual reality at minimal cost and with minimal hassle, that much is certain.
2. Samsung Gear VR
Samsung has released several versions of their Gear VR headset over the past few years. Similarly to the other solutions, it is designed to experience virtual reality with a smartphone. For the price of US$95, users seemingly get a complete mobile VR experience. It is possible to buy an additional controller, although that is rather expensive. Most of the recent Samsung phones are supported by the Gear VR, which make the device a lot more appealing compared to LG’s offering.
1. Google Daydream View
As one would expect, Daydream View is the powerful successor to Google Cardboard. It is the next-generation mobile virtual reality headset, which requires phones to support the Daydream ecosystem. Unfortunately, that means only the very latest phones will be supported, albeit that collection will continue to grow over the next few years.
Unlike other VR headsets, the Daydream View prioritizes comfort and looks like rather plastic or other uncomfortable materials. These headsets need to be comfortable when people want to immerse themselves in virtual reality for a few hours. Additionally, the Daydream platform has a wide range of content and the available offerings continue to grow at an accelerated pace.
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