2018 is proving itself to be a very exciting year for virtual reality. While VR headsets offering truly immersive experiences, like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift have been in place for a bit, both cost upwards of $400-$500, require high speed internet connection, and expensive gaming computers and graphics cards.
Powers Communications has used the HTC Vive, widely acknowledged as the best VR headset on the market, as our vehicle of choice for our original VR experiences. The quality of the graphics and the depth of the immersive experience are peerless. However, it does have its downsides. Aside from cost, it is heavy, it has a thick cable running down from the back of the headset tethering you to a laptop, and it is awkward to place it on a user’s head at tradeshows and conferences. For smaller venues and events, we use the Samsung Gear VR, which offers impressive graphics, but not an equally impressive immersive experience.
Things are really up this year with new standalone technology premiering from Vive and Facebook-backed Oculus. The HTC Vive Pro is said to offer the same spectacular immersive experience, but in an untethered, wireless headset. Starting at $800, it remains a pricey option, but we’re betting it will be worth it. Also debuting this year is the more kindly-priced Oculus Go, starting at $200. A more impressive and immersive experience than the Samsung Gear, no wires or smartphones required, and an affordable price make this headset one we can’t wait for.