Virtual tours can viewed from web browsers reach and a world wide audience, with and without mobile and connected vr headsets. But to fully experience the immersive world of virtual reality a VR headset is required.
VR headsets range in prices from the popular $7 Google Cardboard to the flagship HTC Vive Pro at $760.
This outline lists the current VR headsets costs and features, and the requirements for viewing and setting up local and on-site virtual reality station.
There are two types of virtual reality headsets: mobile or tethered.
Mobile units use 3DOF "three-degrees-of-freedom" which accurately tracks your head movement in all directions, but does not track your position.
Tethered VR headsets are powered by a laptop or desktop computer and use 6DOF "six-degrees-of-freedom", which is the position tracking technology that allows the user to walk around and experience the photo-real virtual realty tour in real 3D space.
Mobile VR headsets:
Mobile headsets are shells with lenses into which you place your smartphone. The lenses separate the screen into two images for your eyes, turning your smartphone into a VR device. Mobile headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Daydream View are relatively inexpensive at around $100, and because all of the processing is done on your phone, you don't need to connect any wires to the headset.
The two current standouts are the Oculus Go and the new Oculus Quest.
The Oculus Go is an all-in-one unit with a built-in Droid device with no cellular function
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The most exciting VR headset to date: The $400 Oculus Quest.
OCULUS QUEST OFFICIAL SITE
You are not tied down with a cable and has self-contained tracking and full-motion six degree of freedom (6DoF) so if you have the space you can walk around in any given VR environment and interact with objects such as amps, guitars and any other given piece of equipment.
We are especially excited to test out this new VR headset and will report back ASAP.
Tethered VR headsets:
Powered by a PC, the industry standard tethered headsets Oculus Rift, HTC Vive , both use 6DOF "six-degrees-of-freedom", which is the position tracking technology that allows the user to walk around and experience the photo-real virtual realty tour in real 3D space.
If you would like to set up an on-site VR station at your location:
Over above the costs of required hardware, the additional costs to create and set up ON-SITE virtual tours are dependent upon the number of locations and complexity of interactivity.
With unlimited locations, a vast amount of features and interactivity can be integrated into both mobile and tethered virtual tours: hot spots for multiple views around the room, and clickable icons and objects with historical and technical data.
These options are recommendations based on reviews and research from C:Net, PC Magazine and Telegraph UK , and reflect the current popular trends based on cost and features. We are in the process of testing the current available VR headsets so we may best choose which devices will give the best VR experience.
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Current prices compiled from above links.
Google Cardboard - $7.99 to $14.99
Samsung Gear VR - $20 (NOS) - $100. Ships with hand controller.
Google Daydream - $30 to $75. Ships with hand controller.
Oculus Go - $200. Ships with hand controller.
Oculus Quest - $400
Mobile headsets by operating system:
Tethered VR headsets:
Sony PlayStation VR - $220 - $285
Oculus Rift S - $399
Lenovo Mirage Solo With Daydream - $199
HTC Vive - $499
HTC Vive Pro - $762