Virtual reality, a concept that was only imaginary has been turned into a reality in the past couple of years. Now we see virtual technology almost everywhere. It is mind boggling and you might have certain questions, well this article is here to provide answers to all the possible questions you might have.
The purpose of virtual reality technology is to show a very realistic 3D environment, that the person will feel as if it is real, and possibly even interact with it. Nowadays it is very easy to get access to virtual reality technology, as they come in the forms of headsets and controllers.
The Virtual Reality Headset
The headsets are a combination of hardware and software, and it gives you a simulated environment that you can interact with. Currently VR is limited to only vision and hearing, but that itself is pretty amazing as it literally takes you to another world.
Google and Sony have come out with their own brands of VR headsets, and each headset is special and unique in its own way. There are also different categories of these headsets in terms of affordability. The high end headsets are compatible with PCs and gaming consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox, enabling people to have a whole new experience of gaming.
The cheaper, more low end headsets are compatible with smart phones and don’t cost as much. The purpose of these is to give a different twist to simpler experiences. We will go into detail about the different components that make this piece of technology to be able to do so many things.
- Feeds of content: These are given off by the hardware that are embedded in phones, consoles and computers. This is the data that makes it possible to make up a digital world that you can also interact with.
- Controls: The low end VR headsets have more basic controls, with a couple of buttons whereas the headsets that are more advances, they have more options to choose from with a variety of buttons. These controls interact with the content feed.
- Display: The display is how you are able to see the image sent through the VR, and it is a separate display for each eye.
- Lenses: The lenses enable you to focus on to the screen so that it feels like you are in a different environment. You can even adjust the lenses in most headsets, so you can focus better.
- Frame rate: The more the frame rate, the better you will able to see and the better the immersion is going to be. The most common is between 60 to 120 FPS if the hardware is really powerful.
- Audio: You can listen through the headset, or through the contend feed, or you might need a separate speaker, but most headsets these days have everything in one piece of technology.
- Immersion: Other factors that determine whether or not a VR headset is good or not is how immersive it is, meaning how believable does it look.