If there is one area that technology is continually impressing upon, and exceeding expectations, it is in gaming and entertainment. VR glasses are now taking over the gaming industry, and the users love the direction it is taking. Well, virtual reality glasses let you travel through space without actually taking a single step. It means that you can inspect a virtual space in a way that makes you feel as if you were actually there – is there a more fun way to enjoy life? The biggest obstacle that VR headsets are facing includes user experience. However, their development is taking a two-pronged approach to suit the needs of each.
There are two versions of VR glasses: mobile and tethered. The mobile headsets convert your smartphone into a VR device by separating the screen into two images, one for each eye. They are relatively inexpensive and may not need any wires linking to the vr headset – all the processing happens on your phone. All you will need to get the fun going is an app which you download. You then slot in your phone, and you are off into the virtual world.
However, you cannot rely on a mobile VR glasses for accurate position tracking. The glasses utilize three-degrees-of-freedom motion tracking to tell the direction you are facing. There are shortcomings associated with 3DOF, and they include the inability to tell the direction you are moving to, whether backward, forward, left or right. As opposed to mobile VR glasses, the tethered varieties employ 6DOF (six-degree-of-freedom) to not only tell your location, but also the direction you are moving. That is made possible by outward-facing cameras or sensors.
Typically, a high-performance VR headset should have all the right features for an unforgettable experience. That means position tracking, as well as, direction monitoring. Otherwise, what would be the use of virtual reality if you can only tell where you are but not where you are moving to?
Choosing between mobile and tethered VR glasses is a matter of preference, budget, and needs. But what does that mean?
Mobile VR headsets are cheaper and easier to setup than their tethered counterparts. However, if you want a more refined user experience, then you should go for the tethered varieties. The tethered headsets are ideal for creatives and gamers that spend significant amounts of time on them. If then that is the case for you, then you would not mind moving the furniture around, setting up a base station, a rift sensor and a camera. That means paying more, but for better user experience.