Nine of the Coolest Virtual Reality Headsets on the Market
July 7, 2017 (One Comment) by Alannah Kenny

The Virtual Reality craze is here and it’s coming to a home near you! Just before you jump on the bandwagon though, there are a few things to consider when making a purchase. Applications, comfort, quality and how much you are willing to fork out are just some of the things you should keep in mind and research before splashing the cash.

To make the best possible decision, be sure to check out these 10 Things You Need to Know About Virtual Reality Headsets. If you’re done weighing up the details, then we have nine of the coolest Virtual Reality Headsets on the market that you need to know about! All of these options come with a range of different features and go from the highest to lowest budgets to suit everyone.

1) POP 3 Google Cardboard (Third Generation)

pop-3-google-cardboardThe Google Cardboard Viewer fits phones up to 83mm in length and is used in conjunction with an Android 4.2/ iOS7 or above smartphone. It is made of up of 90% recycled cardboard, lenses, foam and velcro and requires a DIY assemble job. All that is required once assembled is to download a free app on your phone and use the cardboard viewer to experience the virtual reality.

This viewer is unique in its ability to cater for both Virtual and Augmented Reality experience due to the external camera on the phone. It can be used for 3D gaming, watching films and you can even watch a Paul McCartney concert in virtual reality through the app. One downside though, it compromises on quality compared to the higher range headsets.

Price: €10.00

Where to Buy: Designist Store, George’s Street, Dublin 2

2) BOBOVR Z4 Mini Immersive 3D

bobovr-z4-mini-immersive-3d

The BOBOVR Z4 Mini Immersive 3D headset is designed to work with the majority of smartphone brands that are sized between 4 to 6 inches. Once again you are required to download an app on your phone to get the virtual experience. What is particularly impressive about this headset is the fact that glasses wearers with 0° – 600° degree myopia can simply adjust the focal distance accordingly and leave aside the specs.

It can be used for watching 360° games, simulations and movies and it’s also thin, light and portable for using on the go. Unfortunately it is not yet available in store but it can be purchased online for a bargain.

Price: €14.94 with free shipping

Where to Buy: Geek Buying

3) Immerse Plus

immerse-plus

The Immerse Plus VR Headset has been around since approximately 2015 but has been in Ireland only recently and to a limited extent. It can be used with almost all smartphones including Android and the iPhone and covers all bases of what you would want from a headset such as 360° head tracking, adjustable lenses and ultra-wide field vision. You can download a range of free apps to use which range from 3D gaming content to movies to YouTube videos.

Unlike the other two budget headsets mentioned however, there is one small annoyance that a touchpad is absent and if you want to switch to a different game/app, the only way to interact with your phone is to remove it from the holder.

Price: €30.00

Where to Buy: B Cool! The Gadget Store, The Gallery Mall Dundrum

4) Merge VR Goggles

merge-vr-goggles

Merge VR Goggles are slightly sturdier than most headsets and can withstand a bit of rough handling so they are therefore suitable for adults. The Merge headset is made of lightweight foam with two headstraps to help minimise strain on the head and neck which is important. On top of this, it has two buttons on top to cater for both left and right handed users and the lenses can be adjusted to aid some glasses wearers also.

It supports Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences and is great for gamers and movie lovers. Unfortunately these headsets are not yet available directly in Ireland but they can be shipped freely to Ireland via Amazon.

Price: $59.99

Where to Buy: Amazon

5) Google Daydream View

google-daydream-viewGoogle Daydream View was designed specifically for Android phones (sorry Apple fans) including but not limited to Huawei, LG and Alcatel. It has a fairly unique design made from mostly cloth material but this provides increased comfort and a lightweight feel when using for long periods of time. In order to kickstart the VR experience, you need to download the specific Daydream View app, but after that you’re ready to go.

The range of apps on offer is described as being moderate but not extensive from Daydream which may be a downside for big gamers and the same is said about the beta resolution. Overall though, gamers and movie lovers are the main targets. Google Daydream is currently only available to purchase online.

Price: $76.64

Where to Buy: Amazon

6) Samsung Gear VR

samsung-gear-vrThe most important point worth noting about Samsung Gear VR is that it is only compatible with Galaxy phones. However, it is one of the big competitors on the market and it’s available in Ireland so for those who do own a Samsung Galaxy, all the better. The Samsung Gear has a 96° field of view, a navigational touchpad and a focal adjustment dial as some of its main features.

It is certainly one of the heavier headsets to purchase but on the plus side it sits well on a variety of head sizes. You are required to download a specific Oculus app for use of this headset and beyond that there is quite a vast range of free games and other video content on offer for gamers and TV fanatics.

Price: €60.00

Where to Buy: Smyths Toys

7) HTC Vive

htc-vive

As we go higher up the price scale, we move onto the tethered PC and games console headsets. The HTC Vive is one of the top market headsets with a price tag to match. A sturdy PC with a good amount of memory is required for this headset and HTC’s partnership with Valve, the US company behind digital distribution system Steam has made this a must have for big gaming fans.

The headset has sensors on the outside to help determine your location but with this type of headset, augmented reality is out of the question. The weight and the fact it connects via a cable are downsides to the experience but overall quality is top notch.

Price: €929.90

Where to Buy: Harvey Norman

8) Sony PlayStation 4 VR

sony-playstation-4-vr

Calling all PS4 owners, the PlayStation 4 VR headset is a must have gadget for fans of the brand. The gaming selection is of a far more professional scale and a wider variety. There is a catch though, unless you have a 3D television, even if you turn on ‘Cinematic Mode’ on the headset, you will not be able to play 3D games or watch video content.

Also it isn’t wireless and the headset will only work if you have a PlayStation camera along with the console. It could be more expensive in the long run but to have access to some of the best VR gameplay out there, this is the go to gadget.

Price: €399.90

Where to Buy: Harvey Norman

9) Oculus Rift

oculus-rift

Oculus Rift is one of the strong PC headset competitors. It is said to be less heavy than even some wireless headsets and holds steady. One problem that occurs with this model however is that the Oculus Rift isn’t designed as well as others when it comes to preventing motion sickness. The best it can do is provide a rating before each game of the trigger risk levels involved.

It is however one of the easier tethered headsets to set up but overall resolution could be improved. More gaming and video content will arrive soon but a powerful PC is required to successfully run the Oculus Rift.

Price: €649.00

Where to Buy: PC World

A VR headset is a fantastic gift for you or for someone else but don’t be hoodwinked by marketing honey traps into making a purchase you might regret. Pricing is often a good indication of what you’re paying for but there are exceptions, so get some bang for your buck and enjoy.

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Nine of the Coolest Virtual Reality Headsets on the Market
July 7, 2017 (One Comment) by Alannah Kenny

The Virtual Reality craze is here and it’s coming to a home near you! Just before you jump on the bandwagon though, there are a few things to consider when making a purchase. Applications, comfort, quality and how much you are willing to fork out are just some of the things you should keep in mind and research before splashing the cash.

To make the best possible decision, be sure to check out these 10 Things You Need to Know About Virtual Reality Headsets. If you’re done weighing up the details, then we have nine of the coolest Virtual Reality Headsets on the market that you need to know about! All of these options come with a range of different features and go from the highest to lowest budgets to suit everyone.

1) POP 3 Google Cardboard (Third Generation)

pop-3-google-cardboardThe Google Cardboard Viewer fits phones up to 83mm in length and is used in conjunction with an Android 4.2/ iOS7 or above smartphone. It is made of up of 90% recycled cardboard, lenses, foam and velcro and requires a DIY assemble job. All that is required once assembled is to download a free app on your phone and use the cardboard viewer to experience the virtual reality.

This viewer is unique in its ability to cater for both Virtual and Augmented Reality experience due to the external camera on the phone. It can be used for 3D gaming, watching films and you can even watch a Paul McCartney concert in virtual reality through the app. One downside though, it compromises on quality compared to the higher range headsets.

Price: €10.00

Where to Buy: Designist Store, George’s Street, Dublin 2

2) BOBOVR Z4 Mini Immersive 3D

bobovr-z4-mini-immersive-3d

The BOBOVR Z4 Mini Immersive 3D headset is designed to work with the majority of smartphone brands that are sized between 4 to 6 inches. Once again you are required to download an app on your phone to get the virtual experience. What is particularly impressive about this headset is the fact that glasses wearers with 0° – 600° degree myopia can simply adjust the focal distance accordingly and leave aside the specs.

It can be used for watching 360° games, simulations and movies and it’s also thin, light and portable for using on the go. Unfortunately it is not yet available in store but it can be purchased online for a bargain.

Price: €14.94 with free shipping

Where to Buy: Geek Buying

3) Immerse Plus

immerse-plus

The Immerse Plus VR Headset has been around since approximately 2015 but has been in Ireland only recently and to a limited extent. It can be used with almost all smartphones including Android and the iPhone and covers all bases of what you would want from a headset such as 360° head tracking, adjustable lenses and ultra-wide field vision. You can download a range of free apps to use which range from 3D gaming content to movies to YouTube videos.

Unlike the other two budget headsets mentioned however, there is one small annoyance that a touchpad is absent and if you want to switch to a different game/app, the only way to interact with your phone is to remove it from the holder.

Price: €30.00

Where to Buy: B Cool! The Gadget Store, The Gallery Mall Dundrum

4) Merge VR Goggles

merge-vr-goggles

Merge VR Goggles are slightly sturdier than most headsets and can withstand a bit of rough handling so they are therefore suitable for adults. The Merge headset is made of lightweight foam with two headstraps to help minimise strain on the head and neck which is important. On top of this, it has two buttons on top to cater for both left and right handed users and the lenses can be adjusted to aid some glasses wearers also.

It supports Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences and is great for gamers and movie lovers. Unfortunately these headsets are not yet available directly in Ireland but they can be shipped freely to Ireland via Amazon.

Price: $59.99

Where to Buy: Amazon

5) Google Daydream View

google-daydream-viewGoogle Daydream View was designed specifically for Android phones (sorry Apple fans) including but not limited to Huawei, LG and Alcatel. It has a fairly unique design made from mostly cloth material but this provides increased comfort and a lightweight feel when using for long periods of time. In order to kickstart the VR experience, you need to download the specific Daydream View app, but after that you’re ready to go.

The range of apps on offer is described as being moderate but not extensive from Daydream which may be a downside for big gamers and the same is said about the beta resolution. Overall though, gamers and movie lovers are the main targets. Google Daydream is currently only available to purchase online.

Price: $76.64

Where to Buy: Amazon

6) Samsung Gear VR

samsung-gear-vrThe most important point worth noting about Samsung Gear VR is that it is only compatible with Galaxy phones. However, it is one of the big competitors on the market and it’s available in Ireland so for those who do own a Samsung Galaxy, all the better. The Samsung Gear has a 96° field of view, a navigational touchpad and a focal adjustment dial as some of its main features.

It is certainly one of the heavier headsets to purchase but on the plus side it sits well on a variety of head sizes. You are required to download a specific Oculus app for use of this headset and beyond that there is quite a vast range of free games and other video content on offer for gamers and TV fanatics.

Price: €60.00

Where to Buy: Smyths Toys

7) HTC Vive

htc-vive

As we go higher up the price scale, we move onto the tethered PC and games console headsets. The HTC Vive is one of the top market headsets with a price tag to match. A sturdy PC with a good amount of memory is required for this headset and HTC’s partnership with Valve, the US company behind digital distribution system Steam has made this a must have for big gaming fans.

The headset has sensors on the outside to help determine your location but with this type of headset, augmented reality is out of the question. The weight and the fact it connects via a cable are downsides to the experience but overall quality is top notch.

Price: €929.90

Where to Buy: Harvey Norman

8) Sony PlayStation 4 VR

sony-playstation-4-vr

Calling all PS4 owners, the PlayStation 4 VR headset is a must have gadget for fans of the brand. The gaming selection is of a far more professional scale and a wider variety. There is a catch though, unless you have a 3D television, even if you turn on ‘Cinematic Mode’ on the headset, you will not be able to play 3D games or watch video content.

Also it isn’t wireless and the headset will only work if you have a PlayStation camera along with the console. It could be more expensive in the long run but to have access to some of the best VR gameplay out there, this is the go to gadget.

Price: €399.90

Where to Buy: Harvey Norman

9) Oculus Rift

oculus-rift

Oculus Rift is one of the strong PC headset competitors. It is said to be less heavy than even some wireless headsets and holds steady. One problem that occurs with this model however is that the Oculus Rift isn’t designed as well as others when it comes to preventing motion sickness. The best it can do is provide a rating before each game of the trigger risk levels involved.

It is however one of the easier tethered headsets to set up but overall resolution could be improved. More gaming and video content will arrive soon but a powerful PC is required to successfully run the Oculus Rift.

Price: €649.00

Where to Buy: PC World

A VR headset is a fantastic gift for you or for someone else but don’t be hoodwinked by marketing honey traps into making a purchase you might regret. Pricing is often a good indication of what you’re paying for but there are exceptions, so get some bang for your buck and enjoy.

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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