At Next Reality we mainly focus on augmented reality, but that does not mean that we are not absolutely obsessed with virtual reality either. If the thing that has prevented you from diving into the depths of VR has been clumsy paired headsets or the expensive but necessary gaming PCs, then it's time for you to try the Oculus Quest, which is currently is available to buy here for less than most gaming systems on the market.
If you have never tried "any" VR, allow us to clean up a few things. No, we are not talking about the cheap 360 video & # 39; s that you see on YouTube or on your smartphone with things like Google Cardboard. No, this is "real" VR and it is completely immersive.
So what's the problem? Simple, in our opinion, the Oculus Quest is the best "real" mobile VR experience you can buy. What does mobile mean in this case? This means that you do not need a separate computer. Oh, and you can leave your smartphone in your pocket, the Oculus Quest works as a stand-alone, all-in-one unit.
Oculus previously released the Oculus Go headset (which you can buy here), a less powerful, more affordable VR headset that works even without an external computer or even a smartphone. But the device is relatively understaffed and has limited immersive gaming selection, so the device is better for watching movies and videos. The 3DoF device (degrees of freedom) is also hobbled because it only has a single controller compared to the 6DoF dual Touch controllers that come with the Oculus Quest. The difference is dramatic.
In other words, the Oculus Go is like the very best version of those older smartphone-assisted Samsung Gear VR systems, while the Oculus Quest more like a less powerful, less visually robust version of the Oculus Rift / Oculus Rift S (which offers the "best" Oculus VR experience, but comes with much higher costs when you use the external PC). But in this case, less is actually more if you consider the lower price and mobility of the Oculus Quest. In practical terms, the Oculus Quest is an attempt to give you the best of both worlds, and it is an attempt that usually succeeds.
You can use the Oculus Quest to do everything from gaming ( Robo Recall is a big favorite) for communication (via Bigscreen multiple people can meet via virtual VR to chat, play games, watch movies watch or hold meetings).
The Oculus Quest also has something for Star Wars fans in Vader Immortal, action fans can get a training with Superhot VR (think of The Matrix bullet time fights in VR) and passive video watching is available on the device via apps from Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. And if you're interested in becoming a VR artist, you'll be happy to know that Tilt Brush is also available on the Oculus Quest.
The set comes with a streamlined headset and two lightweight controllers, all of which are small enough to fit in most backpacks, along with your other items (you can also purchase an Oculus brand cover here around $ 40). Although the device comes with built-in speakers, if you want to keep the audio part of your experience private, you can connect a pair of wired earphones or buy a pair of Oculus earbuds here for $ 50.
After starting it up, simply create a small virtual location limit using the system's manual (which is incredibly simple) to ensure that you do not encounter furniture while you are in VR. Then you are all set, and this works in almost any environment where you have access to Wi-Fi (except outdoors in bright areas).
This all means that VR is finally easy enough to try 90% of the public, including non-nerds. The entrance fee is reasonably affordable, with the 64 GB version of the Oculus Quest available here for just $ 399 and the 128 GB version available here for $ 499.
If you are looking for some comparative figures, consider the fact that to get the same experience with the PlayStation 4, you first have to drop about $ 300 for the console and then spend another $ 400 for the PlayStation VR headset. And you can't easily move that setup to your local cafe like with the Oculus Quest.
The days when VR is limited to super geeks with elaborate power computers locked in their basement while connected to a crowd of wires are over. The Oculus Quest is the perfect travel companion, whether the environment is at work, on vacation or just taking it to an event or a friend's house. This is when VR becomes mainstream, not lagging behind.