Would you like to buy a Virtual Reality headset, but you’re not sure which one to get? In this article, we will guide you through the process of purchasing a VR helmet. In this section, we will discuss the different types of VR headsets and the things to keep in mind before choosing one.
- Virtual Reality headsets that operate independently of any computer or smartphone: This is the latest generation of Virtual Reality headsets, which are capable of operating completely independently of any computer or smartphone.
- Virtual Reality headsets for PCs are still the best option, especially for utilizing the most popular content (virtual experiences). VR headsets can be connected via wires or wirelessly to “VR Ready” computers (a criterion for determining a computer’s ability to support Virtual Reality content) which enables it to work.
Criteria for choosing a VR headset
Considering the market is relatively new and virtually no one has heard of the products, purchasing a headset for Virtual Reality can seem complicated. However, taking into account your VR needs, as well as certain technical criteria, is enough to find the right VR Headset for you. VR 360 can help you in this process by summing up the main criteria of choice.
Are VR headsets PC-based or stand-alone?
VR headsets allow you to experience very high-quality content. Thus, you need to decide whether you really want to experience the most immersive VR experiences, or whether a standalone headset that already offers a very qualitative immersion is sufficient for you.
Furthermore, PC VR headsets come with a number of constraints that must be considered. In fact, the computer resources needed for operating this type of headset are quite high. To broadcast all your content, you need a PC with a particular graphics card and processor.
How will my VR helmet benefit me?
A VR helmet must meet your expectations if you are going to buy one. As an example, if you want to use your VR headset immediately, then a standalone headset would make more sense.
If you prefer to immerse yourself in what Virtual Reality has to offer, then a PC VR headset and a VR Ready computer will be your best allies.
Which types of content?
We consider this to be one of the most important criteria because it will help you save time when choosing a Virtual Reality headset. There are different helmet types that are predisposed to exploiting different kinds of content. Content platforms are often exclusive to each headset brand (some platforms and content are sometimes available on competing brands). This is why the first thing to consider is:
- What type of content determines my choice?
- How does content differ depending on the helmet type?
In what budget am I working?
With headsets ranging from 219 € to almost 2000 €, there is a Virtual Reality headset to fit every budget.
There is no need to choose the most expensive VR headset at the risk of getting lost in the features and not utilizing the full power of the device.
You may also want to consider keeping a small budget for accessories that are more or less expensive according to your needs.
Technical criteria include:
- Definition:The number of pixels (or points) within an image, usually indicated as the width and height of the image (Width x Height).
- Field of view (FOV):As its name suggests, it represents the width of the image in degrees. In comparison, the human body temperature ranges between 100 °F and 110 °F. A larger field of view will give a greater sense of immersion.
- Display Frequency:The refresh rate of the image has a great impact on the fluidity of the image. In terms of frequency, the higher the number, the more natural movement we obtain.
- Tracking System:Transcribes your movements into an immersive experience. There are systems with external sensors that must be placed in your room, while others have cameras built directly into the headphones.
- Types of controllers: Depending on the headphones, the controllers may be different. As per each individual’s preference: some are better designed than others, some integrate the six degrees of freedom, some integrate straps, etc…
- Weight and Ergonomics: All helmets are not designed the same, differing in size and weight depending on the brand, model, and type (pc or standalone). Your choice of helmet and adjustments are up to you.