New VR Headsets on the way
When you think of VR headsets, Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR might be the names that spring to mind.
However, with IDC predicting that the market for VR headsets will grow from 10 million units sold in 2016 to 61 million by 2020, it’s hardly surprising that numerous tech companies are trying to get into the market with the release of headsets this year.
So which companies are entering the realm of the VR headset in 2017?
Zeiss VR One Plus
Working with iOS and Android devices, the Zeiss VR One Plus offers consumers a higher-end mobile headset.
The device supports smartphones with screen sizes between 4.7-in and 5.5-in and, unlike other lower-priced offerings, the VR One Plus’s glasses are beyond the capabilities of high-end phones so users can ensure they’re already ahead of the game by the time phone screens support higher res VR content.
Razer OSVR Hacker Development Kit 2.0
If you’re tempted by the standards of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive but don’t have the budget, turn your attention to Razer’s Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) Hacker Development Kit 2.0.
The tech company has two lower-priced high-end PC VR headsets on the market but the Hacker Development Kit 2.0 ramps up the quality and costs consumers the same as a PlayStation VR.
Razer’s headset also plays an assortment of the same software from Vive and Rift, according to Nanalyze.
Lenovo VR headset
Lenovo’s VR headset may not yet have a name but, as Engadget reports, Lenovo offers a comfortable headset that is able to do room-scale VR on the cheap.
With the device running on Microsoft’s VR and AR Windows Holographic platform, high resolution OLED screens and the two cameras embedded allowing Lenovo to provide room-scale VR experience, many in the industry are exited for the release of this device – which is yet to be announced.
Dell VR headset
At CES 2017, Dell unveiled a non-working prototype. The tech company did not give away the release date or price but Dell will be shipping a wired Windows Holographic VR headset later this year.
While little is known about the specs of Dell’s VR headset, it is said to offer users a “premium experience”.
Speaking to UploadVR at CES 2017, Dell chief technology officer Liam Quinn said that Dell is also exploring a tetherless VR headset in addition to the Microsoft-focused device.
Pico Neo CV
Also making its debut at CES 2017 was the Pico Neo CV headset from Pico Technology.
Unlike other tethered headsets, it works without the use of a smartphone. It also doesn’t need a PC to work.
The headset features built-in head-tracking, an integrated Hi-Fi speaker and dual 1.5k VR displays. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and runs on the Snapdragon VR SDK.
The Neo provides users with a truly free VR experience that lies somewhere between the high-end PC VR content and the low-end mobile VR offerings.