The world of Virtual Reality is changing at an incredible speed and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
In 2017 we have seen several developments and interesting news when it comes to Virtual Reality and 2018 is expected to be the year of VR 2.0.
In 2018 several tech companies are planning to release VR hardware that will be standalone. The reason why major Tech companies have focused on bringing VR standalone devices in 2018 it’s because they are easy to be used, more comfortable, portable and cheaper.
The Facebook-owned company announced that Oculus Go is expected to be released early in 2018. It is expected to cost $200 which is a very reasonable price considering that it will be a standalone device and won’t have the need to connect it to another device. While the price is considered to be cheap, it will come with limited functionalities. Being a 3DOF headset, you will have a 360° view but it won’t offer positional tracking. Thus it will be appropriate for watching movies, gaming and social VR experiences.
OCULUS SANTA CRUZ
Along with Oculus Go, Facebook is also working on Oculus Santa Cruz, which is also a standalone device that does offer positional tracking. The device will have 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) headset and controllers that will allow a wider range of applications. Users will be able to move around in 3D environments and will offer more freedom and interaction. These features will make Oculus Santa Cruz more expensive but definitely more entertaining as well.
LENOVO MIRAGE SOLO
Lenovo’s Mirage Solo will also be a stand-alone headset which will use Google's Daydream VR platform and will provide wireless access to Virtual Reality content such as games or videos. The device incorporates Google’s WorldSense technology, which tracks movement without the need for external sensors.
Available with the headset will also come Lenovo’s Mirage Camera which will capture stereoscopic 3D content. Lenovo hasn’t specified a price yet but it’s expected to cost around 400$.
HTC VIVE FOCUS
HTC is also working on a stand-alone headset which will provide 6DOF but it will offer interactions only through a 3 DOF remote which will come together with the headset. The $600 device which debuted in China in December is not yet available in the U.S.
“It can be put on and removed in just a couple of seconds and immediately turns on/off by sensing the user’s head. Its water-resistant padding and ergonomically balanced design allow for all-day wear. It’s even designed to be glasses-friendly, so there’s no need to remove one’s eyewear before use” HTC stated.
Taken together, all these devices will make 2018 the year of VR 2.0. They will lower prices and bring a much better performance. While there are several challenges that VR needs overcome, the standalone hardware is a big step forward.