December 6, 2019
5 Tips to Help you Buy the Right VR glasses
Nowadays you can buy dozens of VR glasses from different brands, with different specifications and prices that vary widely. For example, you can buy the new Oculus Rift, with all the upgrades you could wish for. You can also buy an Oculus Go for a modest price from last year, are you missing something with that? The choice of the best virtual reality glasses is not the same for everyone, with these 5 tips you can quickly buy the right VR glasses.
1. Pay attention to your budget
Are you a seasoned gamer who spends hours every day behind the PC, or are you someone who wants to dive into virtual reality for the weekend? You can buy an Oculus Go for over 200 euros, you can also opt for an HTC Vive Pro that costs more than a thousand euros excluding a luxury gaming PC. If you do not yet have a suitable PC or laptop, you can save a lot of money with a standalone headset, especially if you need multiple headsets for business use.
2. More quality = less flexibility
If we combine the Go, Quest and Rift S, the most luxurious option also offers absolutely the best graphic quality. On the other hand, you are always connected to a gaming PC. For the best quality, you have to buy an Oculus Rift, though you do have to sacrifice some ease of use for it. So you can easily take a Go or Quest with you on a journey, which is a lot more difficult with the Rift.
3. Consider how much space you have
You have a complete virtual universe at your disposal without limits, yet your loft apartment or that stand at the fair does not grow a centimetre larger. The so-called 3DoF headsets are suitable for small spaces because you cannot move freely with them. The 6DoF headsets are made to use the space, so check the square meters that you have available. When buying VR glasses you will first have to make the distinction between 3DoF and 6DoF. Ask the specialist about the differences.
4. First, check the apps
If you go for the quantity you have to buy an Oculus Go, there are more than 1000 apps available for that. Unfortunately, there is a lot of junk in between, with the Quest there is much stricter quality control. That means a smaller selection of titles and usually also higher prices. For PC headsets you can check on SteamVR which devices the apps are suitable for, there are usually also a number of titles that are available exclusively for one brand or model. If the ‘killer app’ is not available on your favourite VR glasses, you have to think carefully about what really matters to you. Also, check if there is an option for VR kiosk mode which enables you to easily playback your apps without a controller.
5. Do more with an open system
In addition to the standard software, you can also buy VR glasses that let you install custom apps. Sometimes that is simple, but this is not always the case. For example, if you need virtual reality glasses for business use or in education, ‘sideloading’ of custom apps may be necessary. There are various options depending on the brand and type, a VR agency can tell you more about this. Where there’s a will there is away!