What is a virtual reality headset

Virtual reality glasses in comparison

Virtual reality glasses (VR) such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Sony Playstation VR or Zeiss VR One promise immersion in virtual worlds with a real feeling of being right in the middle. The entertainment industry (gaming & Co.) in particular makes use of this, but VR glasses are also used in professional areas. Here are the five models mentioned and what they can do at a glance.

Vive is a product from HTC and Valve with an adjustable headset strap for corresponding comfort during extended use. The 110-degree field of view of the VR glasses should allow users a fascinating immersion, while 32 headset sensors ensure 360-degree movement tracking. Thanks to the front camera, physical elements can be displayed in the virtual world if required.

The first versions, so-called developer kits, of the Oculus Rift VR glasses were delivered as early as March 2013. These should enable software developers to optimize their products for the model. The final version has been available for pre-order since the beginning of this year. Cost: around 700 euros. The glasses require a PC with a powerful graphics card. In addition, four free USB ports are required, three of which comply with the USB 3.0 standard.

With the Super Amoled display of the Gear VR, a wide field of view, precise detection of head movements and low latency, manufacturer Samsung promises virtual pleasure that becomes real. The glasses should work with various Galaxy smartphones such as the S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge +. The corresponding smartphone has to be inserted into the glasses and the user can immerse himself in virtual worlds.

According to the manufacturer Sony, Playstation VR opens up completely new gaming options. The custom-made OLED screen displays images in a 360-degree field of view at 120 Hz. Thanks to the 3D audio effects, users can determine exactly where a sound is coming from. So you "lose" yourself in games that were specially developed for PS VR, such as RIGS Mechanized Combat League and VR Worlds. The glasses will be available from October 2016 for around 400 euros.

Zeiss also has virtual reality glasses at the start, the VR One. It supports smartphones with display sizes between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. In addition, users can simply leave their “normal” glasses, if they have one, on when they are wearing the headset. This offers a general field of view of 100 degrees. Thanks to the ventilation system, the lenses should not fog up.