The Year of VR at Roller Agency
January 21, 2016

The Year of VR

Written By Rebecca Larkin

VR is everywhere, it’s unavoidable on tech news websites, and it’s all anyone can talk about, and for good reason.

While most of us are waiting patiently for the latest VR headsets, some are already out there playing with the Gear VR or Google Cardboard, but there’s a small few left that are still unsure about it.

One thing is for sure though, it’s going to be massive in 2016, so get ready, and get yourself a headset.

Whats is VR?

This is something we’ve previously explored in our post The Rise of Virtual Reality and to quote ourselves….

In technical terms virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of a 3D image or environment that you interact with in a seemingly real or physical way using a special headset or form of headset.

So it’s easy to see why it’s going to be the hottest piece of technology this year.

Whats going on in VR right now?

We’ve looked previously at the rise of VR, and since then its popularity has done nothing but increase.

But at the minute it’s all a bit of a waiting game.

With the big name headsets such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR not yet on the market, the majority of those interested in VR are yet to try it for themselves, but this shouldn’t be the case for much longer.

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is currently available for pre-order, with the first lot set to ship on March 28th. The Oculus is perhaps the most anticipated of the VR headsets, and it’ll set you back about £499, but with EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale free with pre-orders, it’ll be well worth the money form the get-go.

HTC Vive

The second most anticipated device is also the biggest mainstream rival to the Oculus, and that’s the HTC Vive. Although it’s not yet available for pre-order and the price isn’t know, with features like the Tilt Brush app it’s easy to see why this is a hot piece of gadgetry.

Playstation VR

Playstation VR is another illusive headset with little known information about its spec. release date and price, but boasting over 100 games already in the works, its easy to see why this is the headset of choice for loyal PS fans.

It’s only going to get better

Because VR is still fresh technology, it’s got a long way to go before it’s perfected, and you can expect to see a lot more VR developments in the next coming months.

At the minute there are some bad VR experiences out there. While we all wait for the big name headsets you’ll be sure to see some VR hiccups, but don’t let this put you off.

There’s a big difference between putting a phone into a Google Cardboard,and a VR experience with a HTC Vive, but there’s no doubt that from this point on all VR will do nothing but improve.

The Year of VR

Without a shadow of a doubt 2016 will be the year of VR.

With all the new headsets hitting the shelves, new VR apps, films, games and more, there’s lots to look forward to.

VR’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down, and this is definitely more than just a passing phase. Keep your eye out for more VR developments and if you’d like to discuss your VR options you can always get in touch with us.