Taking a Dive into Virtual Reality Headsets


If you want to jump into the world of virtual reality, there are plenty of options available.  Whether you want to save money or splurge for the best experience possible, there is something for you.

One of the options for getting your hands on a headset is to make your own or order a DIY kit such as Google Cardboard, which comes with all of the supplies you will need (other than a phone with a 360 camera system) and instructions for putting it together.  

Want to cut out the middleman and get your own supplies? Simply Google “DIY Headset Instructions” and you’ll be set. I especially liked this guide by InfiniGeek, which explains how to make your own Oculus Rift headset.

See what lays beyond in the realm of virtual reality headsets.

Plug-In Headsets

I don’t know if this is the official name for these headsets, but I have deemed them so. A plug-in headset is plugged into your gaming system or pc to view your game, video, or VR experience of choice in high resolution with a wide field of view.

  • Oculus Rift – Low persistence displays, a low latency constellation tracking system, and an integrated audio system serve to enhance the experience of the user and make it seem as though they are in a real environment.
  • PlayStation VR – Built for complete game immersion; Sleekly modeled, lightweight, and equipped with motion tracking, OLED display, six-axis motion sensors, and a field of view of 100 degrees.
  • HTC Vive – Awarded Best New Tech and Gadgets this Year by CES; Offers haptic feedback with intuitive movement, a Chaperone guidance system, and three free games with its purchase.

Phone-Compatible Headsets

Your phone is used as the virtual reality display in the system in these headsets. Phone compatible headsets come with more controls to enhance your experience. They combine the affordability and simplicity of DIY sets with the technical innovation of high-class virtual reality technology.

The Samsung Gear VR uses the Oculus platform and is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 edge. Partnered with the phone, it features a Super AMOLED display and a 360 ° field of view.

Probably the most lightweight mobile-controlled VR headset, Freefly VR simply requires that you sync your phone with the motion-control glider and place it into the headset to enjoy virtual reality experiences. You can also create your own virtual reality content with the Entiti app. Use your virtual reality camera to make a panoramic music video.