From Star Trek’s Holodeck through to The Matrix, virtual reality was for decades just a dream of science fiction. Now, with VR glasses, this dream has become a reality.
The educational opportunities of VR glasses are (virtually) boundless. VR Apps let you walk through ancient cities, battle viruses from within a cell or swim around the Great Barrier Reef. These immersive experiences inspire kids and offer new ways to learn about history, geography, art, science, engineering, technology and more.
With tons of VR glasses on the market, it can be hard to choose the best ones for you. That’s where we come in! Here’s our list of the best VR glasses for any budget.
1. HTC Vive
This is, quite simply, the ultimate VR experience available today. A high-end VR headset, the HTC Vive lets you journey through virtual realms via PC apps and games. You can visit infinite worlds from the comfort of your chair, but what sets the HTC Vive apart from its rivals is its top quality ‘room-scale’ VR. This means you can basically create your own holodeck—a room-sized space in the real world that lets you literally walk around a virtual world. What’s more, its wireless controllers feel just like an extension of your hands. You can intuitively interact with all kinds of virtual objects—you can even feel the tension and release when firing off arrows! With outstanding sound, great graphics and true mobility, the HTC Vive is an awesome gateway into the virtual universe.
2. Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is the device that has revolutionized the VR industry. Thanks to the recent release of its intuitive, lightweight Oculus Touch controllers, the revolution rolls on! Connect it to your PC to enter and explore a huge range of multiplayer virtual worlds. Easily interact with all kinds of objects—just as you would in the real world. Got some friends in the virtual universe? With a real-world gesture, you can throw them a virtual thumbs up or point them in the direction of the right dinosaur. It’s perfect for armchair adventurers and if you purchase a third sensor, you can even set up room-scale VR, too. So, sit back—or stand up—and let the Oculus Rift transport you to a new dimension.
3. Sony PlayStation VR (Requires PlayStation 4)
The Sony PlayStation VR is the next great leap forward for video game consoles. Connect it to your PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro and you’ll soon be venturing through brand new virtual gaming worlds. Out of the box, it comes with a generous 18 free games, experiences and demos—and there are heaps more titles available in the PS Store. What’s great about the PlayStation VR is that it’s compatible with regular PS controllers, PS Move motion controllers and the upcoming PS VR Aim gun-shaped controllers. Feel what it’s like to be Batman, an interplanetary jet fighter or a sound-scaping 3D artist. There are worlds of immersive imagination packed into this PlayStation!
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