Today we keep our virtual glasses and virtual headsets fight arena with a comparison between Sulon Q vs Samsung Gear VR vs Oculus Rift . We gave you the specs and what to expect in the last post about three of the main proponents in the virtual reality industry with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Playstation VR. But there are a number of more players who are punching their weight in the industry and it needs a close and detailed look at all of them to decide which suits you the best.
The next VR system that we are going to talk about is a relatively unknown one. It was recently unveiled at the GDC 2016 at San Francisco and could be the big competitor to the Oculus and the Vive because all of the mentioned systems run on the Windows 10 PC architecture. The aspect of the Sulon Q which sets it apart from its predecessors though is that it’s completely wireless. It has got the processing part of the system built into it which runs on AMD technology. This allows the VR system to run console quality games and applications but without having to connect it to any external system. Hence, it doesn’t need a high-end PC to run the system which would be a welcome aspect to cash-strapped enthusiasts.
Furthermore, there are lenses fitted in the headset which afford the user augmented reality as well as virtual reality provisions. This allows the user to project computer graphics on real-world objects. The sound provided is by 3D earbuds which give off spanking spatial 3D audio and noise-cancellation. The price hasn’t been announced as yet so VR users looking to buy this one might have to wait a while to get their hands on this system.
Samsung Gear VR
The next offering in the VR market is actually one of the forerunners in the industry. The Samsung Gear VR was designed quite early in the scenario, in collaboration with the Oculus Rift. Rather than using a high-end PC, Samsung uses its smartphones for the VR. The smartphone slides into the front of the headset which then projects split images onto your vision. This method has undergone a couple of changes for the better and the current VR quality is indeed, quite slick, from Samsung. Mostly, till now, the Gear VR has been applied in commercial settings, such as car showrooms, real estate exhibitions and the like but given the low price and low hassle factor, we can see it striking big with VR users. The Gear is available for as low as $150 and the user has the option of purchasing an additional controller, taking the price upto $250. Not all of the Samsung smartphones are compatible, so you might have to select it accordingly. Two of the best smartphones for the Gear VR are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from Samsung. This is quite a trendsetter from Samsung to make a foray into the mobile market with VR and one might expect to see others follow suit. So these are the big hitters in the VR market right now. On the basis of quality and a truly epitomized experience, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive seem to be way ahead of the pack but are a tad bit too expensive considering the further costs to assemble a high-end PC. PlayStation VR offers the users the chance to use their existing systems but the graphics tend to become a bit lower in quality. The Sulon Q seems promising but following its recent announcement, users might have to wait some time before they could lay their hands on one. Finally, the Samsung Gear breaks into the mobile VR market and it does it in style. Throw in the low price and it almost seems like a dream come true.
If you got the big bucks, opt for the Oculus or the Vive. If you are one of those who likes to use VR on the go and would like to not burn a hole in the pocket, then the Gear VR wins hands down!