VR For Cheap
Virtual Reality has become a mainstay of the technology industry as of the past few years, all thanks to the invention of the Oculus Rift. However, that’s a piece of kit that is rather expensive for what is effectively a novelty (at the moment). Join Timlah as we look at a couple of the cheap alternatives to virtual reality headsets.
Since VR Gaming is becoming common now, it’s no wonder so many people are keen to give it a try for themselves. The high price tag can put people off, however you don’t need to have an expensive headset just to try it out. Whilst you can’t usually connect to a computer with these low-cost headsets, you will be able to get the core experience. Some big names have been involved in the VR scene as of late. With companies such as Samsung and Google keen to see it through, we’ve got quite the array of headsets available. With prices from the ludicrously expensive, to the downright incredibly cheap.
First off, let’s talk about the cheapest of all of the VR Headsets out there: Google Cardboard. When I first heard about this, I thought it was actually supposed to be a joke product. I didn’t think they meant that they were selling cardboard boxes to the public, but lo and behold, they were indeed cardboard boxes which they sent out to members of the public and branded it Google. However, it’s not just a cardboard box.
Google Cardboard is a simple little concept which allows you to effectively ‘make your own’ VR viewer. This is an incredible achievement and goes to show you how cheap the headsets can be. It’s not an exact science either. It’s a cheap build which basically imitates the concept of virtual reality. Mind you, none of these headsets are anywhere near as good as the real thing, but they’re certainly great for understanding what the hoo hah is all about. You can actually get these as low as £2.99 on eBay and yes, they work! You don’t even need to buy a specific ‘device’, you can build one yourself!
Another interesting one that’s on the way is Mattel’s View-Master. Looking at the prices of the US and Australia, it’s likely these will be under £30. As well as looking a lot more durable than a Google Cardboard device, they will supply you with some flat disks. Those of you who have ever picked up a Nintendo 3DS will be aware of AR games, or Augmented Reality. This is where you look at something, the device will read whatever it’s looking at and give you something contextual about it. With the 3DS, you had cards which on looking at it through the camera, would give you, say, Mario on your bed as I once experienced. That was a weird day, shush.
There aren’t any really well known reliable sources for cheap PC VR as of yet, but don’t you worry – It’s on its way. Just a matter of waiting for it to be a simple (and indeed common) practice to make these headsets. If you’re going to buy a VR Headset for your PC, just stick to the Oculus Rift. It’s safer than trusting some of the more unscrupulous companies that are out there in hopes that one might be legitimate.
With these headsets, you’re able to plug your phone in and depending on the game, or application, you are able to see the content in your peripheral vision. It’s simple, it’s logical and really it’s just a damn good bit of fun. For the sake of £20, can you really afford to miss out on the craze entirely? As always, please remember to like and comment. Alternatively, get involved over on Facebook and Twitter.