Getting a virtual reality headset might make for a pretty impressive christmas present, but unless you've got enough computing power to use the thing, consider it a very expensive paperweight. Depending on the system powering your headset, either a PC or a PS4, here's how to get it prepped and ready for virtual reality.
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Virtual reality has been around for decades, but it's only of late that the technology has properly matured with reliable consumer-grade headsets, room-scale tracking, high quality touch controllers and a library of games worth exploring.
So now that people can get into virtual reality in a range of ways - from mobiles to consoles to the top-end headsets - what's changed? Here's everything you need to know about VR.
Virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming, but wearing the headsets causes motion sickness for some. Even I've experienced a little motion sickness while playing despite the fact I never struggled with it in the past (no vomiting yet). If you're worried about hurling, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more pleasant.
In truth, 2016 was not "The Year of VR." It was the year of the start of VR. Multiple major tech companies released impressive VR systems that were clearly the first of their kind; flawed and fascinating, destined to be improved upon and replaced. The age of immersive technology is upon us, but its future remains uncertain.
Oculus wants to attract more users to its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset by lowering the minimum PC specs required to run it. According to Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe, you can now run it on a US$500 PC. This move is likely motivated by a drastic increase in competition since Oculus Rift first launched earlier this year. Competitors include the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View. Here's what you need to know.
Android/Windows: If you've got a few thousand dollars to shell out for a VR-ready PC and an Oculus Rift headset, you can play in virtual reality right now. If you don't, VRidge can let you play those same games on your phone inside a Google Cardboard set.
The virtual reality wars are heating up, with Sony confirming pricing and availability for PlayStation VR in Australia. Launching in October, the standalone headset will cost $549, which is roughly the same price as the PlayStation 4 console. However, to get the most out of the device, you'll also need additional accessories which brings the total price up to around $700. Will it be worth the money? We take a look at the pricing and specs.