Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Best VR headsets of 2017

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In the world of technology, 2016 will go down as the year that virtual reality took off. With virtual reality headsets coming out from the top manufacturers for both the PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016, VR finally became available to the masses at an affordable cost. VR won't slow down in 2017 either, as many of the world's top technology leaders are throwing their hat into the ring with new VR headsets, with the virtual reality market forecasted to be worth over $34 billion by 2022. We also saw VR develop in markets such as sporting tickets, travel, and real estate. These VR headsets build on what came before while adding new features that will redefine the way you experience virtual reality. In the below list, we've compiled the three most anticipated VR headsets that will debut in 2017 and have the ability to change the game permanently.

1. The Intel Project Alloy VR Headset

When it was first shown in 2016, nobody knew what to make of Intel's Project Alloy VR headset. The prototype looked uncomfortable to wear, and it didn't seem all that different from other VR headsets currently available. However, as information on the internal technology of Project Alloy came to light, it became easy to see why this VR headset will change how we experience virtual reality. For starters, this VR headset from Intel does not require you to tether yourself to your computer, allowing you the ability to move freely in any environment. The final model for Project Alloy also looks sleek and is a lightweight device.

However, it's the RealSense 3D technology that makes Project Alloy stand out. While most VR headsets completely block you off from the real world, Project Alloy allows you to view the world around you while staying immersed in the current application. When looking straight ahead, you can see and interact with the VR application. However, you can still freely look to the side and down below you in the real world, letting you remain conscious of your surroundings at all times. With Project Alloy, you won't need to worry about running into a wall or other object while in a virtual reality environment.

2. HTC Vive
While the HTC Vive had an official release in 2016, it's the 2017 update to the device that has fans excited. The 2017 version of the Vive includes the same great features as the 2016 release but with some huge improvements. For starters, the new HTC Vive VR headset is wireless and features a new head-mounting strap that is more comfortable. The main addition is a new VR tracking device that will allow you to bring real world objects into a virtual space.

3. Blubur S1
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The Blubur S1 from 3Glasses looks to pack in a multitude of high-end features at a low price. The Blubur S1 features a 2K resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means you can say goodbye to dizziness. This VR headset also packs a pair of high-quality headphones into its frame so that your ears can experience the same level of quality as your eyes. Despite all the impressive technology in the headset, the Blubur S1 is lightweight. In fact, manufacturer 3Glasses claims that the Blubur S1 is the most lightweight out of all the available VR headsets.

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