Today virtual reality has completely changed, helmets have become easier, more convenient, pictures are brighter and clearer. In addition, now everyone can afford a personal VR helmet. Some helmets are still under development, some are about to enter the market, some are ready for pre-order or are already on store shelves.
A virtual reality helmet is a display worn before your eyes, combined with tracking of head turns, so the picture on the screen always corresponds to which way a person is looking. All this makes the helmet suitable for games with an immersion or panoramic video – a movie that goes around you, and you can look around in life.
The cheapest way to get a VR-helmet is to use a smartphone. There are many free and paid applications for Google Cardboard available for download (the same cardboard box) – games, videos, virtual tours and the like – it’s easy to evaluate what you can do in virtual reality today. But back to the helmets themselves: which to choose from the huge variety? We gathered 4 the cheapest VR-helmets which are accessible on mass-market!
- Archos VR Headset
An advanced version of different VR-glasses is simple and affordable, but a bit more comfort and the case is plastic. Archos VR Headset works with any smartphone up to 6 inches, supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone (although it is not so easy for the latter to find VR applications). Price – $ 30.
- Carl Zeiss VR One
Like the Samsung Gear VR, the helmet from Zeiss uses the display and computing resources of the smartphone. With that, any smartphone with iOS or Android size from 4.7 to 5.2 inches will do. The device comes with a media player for YouTube and applications for augmented reality, SDK to the popular Unity 3D engine so that you can develop 3D games for the helmet yourself. Price – $ 99.
- Razer OSVR
A much less well-known helmet, focused mainly on the developers of VR content, is an open-source virtual reality system. OSVR supports many popular game engines, such as Unity 3D and Unreal Engine. The consumer version will appear no earlier than 2016, and the cost will be about $ 200.
- Samsung Gear VR
Samsung also had a hand in virtual reality – and developed one of the best and most friendly helmets. Gear VR is powered by a Samsung smartphone (you can purchase a helmet for Note 4 or Galaxy S6). The phone is inserted into the case of the helmet with lenses and connects to it via micro USB. The price of the device – $ 200 / but do not forget to take into account the price of the smartphone.