So this post is late for a reason–I went to the MTSU’s Library and to their Maker Space and scheduled time to use their VR Headsets (for a presentation on technology on Wednesday). I scheduled 1 hour with Oculus Rift and 1 hour with the HTC Vibe. These are 2 of the 3 VR Headsets that are currently on the market and after today’s demonstration, I want to get a PSVR (Playstation VR Headset).
It was incredible!
I tried Oculus Rift first and this was the best starting point. It allowed me to get used to the VR space. It is mostly a visual and auditory experience. It is true and full 3D VR, but movement in the demos was limited. You can mostly stand in one area or move one or two steps to see all of the content. The content is fully 3D and moves all around you so that you can look up, down, around, and behind you. I saw several demos that were really immersive.
Moving on to the HTC Vibe, it has a headset like the Oculus Rift, but it also has handsets that are tracked in realtime by two cameras and it allows you to have space to move around and this really opens up the “play” environment. I was able to look at spaces, but I was also able to look in spaces as well.
Whereas Oculus Rift shows you the potential of VR, the Vibe allows you see how that potential will be realized once the technological limitations are addressed.
I’ll talk more about VR in upcoming post, but I just wanted give a quick impression of these two VR systems. They look really awesome and change the nature of the interactive experience. I’m looking forward to getting a PSVR sometime in the near future!