The best 2016 Virtual Reality Headsets: Which one should you buy?
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2016 has seen some amazing advancements in Virtual Reality, with some amazing tech being released. With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. This decision can become even harder when you discover the cost of the product. One tested piece of advice that has stuck true with Virtual Reality Headsets is: "You get what you pay for". With that said, the biggest competitors on the market at this moment are The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. All three are, unsurprisingly, the most expensive. The top three boast unbeatable immersion, super-fast refresh rates and sky high resolutions. Every headset has its own strengths and weaknesses. Without knowing these first, purchasing the ‘wrong one’ could be a very costly mistake to make. Which is why this article is here to help! Here is our guide for the Top Five virtual reality headsets. 5. Google Cardboard Existence: Available Price: Free - £15 (Depending on the model) Compatibility: modern phablet-sized device Quality: Good/cheap Functionality: Limited Google Cardboard could be seen as a somewhat ironic and insincere approach to Virtual Reality. However, it makes for a great mini project if you’d like to see what all the fuss is about. You may either download the instructions and create your own headset, or kits are available to buy online from a variety of sites. Once your headset has been bought or constructed, Google Cardboard apps can be downloaded to your iOs or Android device through the appropriate app store. Once apps have been installed, simply drop your device into the holder and start playing! It is certainly not the best Virtual Reality experience on the market, but if your device is equipped with a hi-res screen, the device can be a lot of fun. 4. Samsung Gear VR Existence: Available Price: £50 - £160 Compatibility: Most 2016 phones Quality: Good With borrowed technology from Oculus, Samsung Gear VR was essentially the first Virtual Reality headset on the market. Using it is simple. Grab a Samsung phone, download virtual reality apps from the Oculus store and clip your device into the headset. The first model only supported the Samsung Note 4, but newer models have begun to extend the compatibility so that a number of Samsung phones (including the Note 5 and later Galaxy models). Due to the high number of devices that are compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, the quality of the Virtual Reality experience can vary. Older devices produce a lower quality image due to the limited pixel density they possess. The newer devices offer a much higher pixel density and therefore better quality experience. This particular product is not the best in terms of quality, but it is one of the easiest headsets to set up and play.
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