Back in 2014, Facebook bought Oculus for 2 billion dollars showing that it was hoping to do big hug things.
While the impact of VR has largely revolved around the entertainment and gaming space over the last 6 years, the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing demand for alternative forms of collaboration, training, and communication has rapidly propelled VR into the enterprise space. Today, many more people than ever before are using VR headsets to experience things in a distinct reality. Also, the E-commerce industry has recently valued north of $1.5 trillion globally, and while VR has not yet made it to the mass market, the potential is there not only for it to become a very profitable but also very interactive medium.
As a place to start, really start getting a handle on virtual reality, XR Today made a list of the currently available virtual reality headsets in 2021.
oculus Quest 2 vr
Since Facebook chose the Oculus Rift as their very first foray into the world of VR, Oculus has risen to be one of the most popular and successful devices in the VR market.
Quest 2 was an innovative and revolutionary headset that set a new standard for future VR headsets. It came out in Q4 of 2020 and referred to as the "world's most advanced headset", because it fully built on the most advanced mobile processor. It was also at a very affordable price point for its near-immediate competition (XR2).
The result was a wireless headset that brought virtual reality (VR) to the masses. The rest of the VR companies had to refresh how they did business, priced things, and designed their products to match their new competition.
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The Oculus Rift S vr
The Oculus Rift S is Facebook's latest, final, and fully PC tethered headset. It will be the end of a long line of different models similar to the Rift.
Despite it being announced they would discontinue it on Facebook, the Rift S is still a solid headset that offers some distinct advantages over the Quest 2. This is especially true for gamers and those already invested in PC VR.
Some Quest 2 users say that Rifts qualities are sharper than what the Quest offers, and the hand tracking has a wider range because of the additional situated cameras on the side of the Rift.
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In the same way the Oculus Rift S is a tethered headset for PC gamers, the SteamVR's Valve Index is a tethered headset for PC gamers.
Unlike some of the latest iterations of the Rift, the HTC Vive offers sharper, more detailed visuals, more in-depth hardware specifications, better audio quality, a wider field of vision, and an immersive, more far-reaching immersive experience all around. The price tag is significantly higher, however.
While other VR headsets still are more popular, and receive more positive praise from both consumer and business users alike, the Valve Index is still considered one of the most popular VR headsets in the marketplace by both consumer and business users alike.
Varjo's powerful VR-3 headset
Varjo's powerful VR-3 headset, released at the back end of 2020, offers the highest resolution in the industry at this stage, along with the world's most powerful eye-tracking features.
Though a tethered device and not as small as Facebook's Quest 2, the VR-3 is the best tool for developers, industrial designers, and any other enterprise-user whose role demands the highest visual fidelity, which Facebook's Quest 2 does not offer.
HTC's Vive Pro VR headset.
We are pleased to offer Vive Pro to our enterprise VR users and it is our flagship business-focused VR headset that delivers room-scale precision tracking, vibrant screen colors, and exceptional sound quality.
While more expensive than the original Vive headset, the upgraded enterprise edition offers a much more satisfying immersive experience to enhance focus, collaboration, and productivity rates in virtual workplace environments.
HTC Vive Focus
Like the Pro, they have designed the Vive Focus to work specifically for Enterprise users.
Unlike the Oculus Rift, this VR headset is completely untethered and allows you to move around freely like in a virtual reality environment, making it great for business users on the go. Even though it was the headset that was more expensive than the popular and now highly successful Oculus Rift, it still could not provide the VR experience that the maybe more expensive, yet highly less excellent, "Oculus Quest 2" could provide.
If the Quest 2 had not been so disruptive in both pricing and technological design, we're confident that the Focus would have been a success (better luck next time, VIVE).
The HP Reverb G2 mr.
As one of the most highly expected VR headsets since the official release of the Oculus Quest 2 back in late Q4 2020, the HP Reverb G2 was an instant hit during its first month of use.
Say, the stunning 2160 x 2160 per eye resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate, lightweight design, and reasonable price tag did not disappoint–with many claiming this headset is currently the Quest 2's strongest competitor.
The Pico Neo 2 vr.
VR headsets like the Pico Neo 2 offer an amazing and exquisite audio quality, excellent eye-tracking functionality, and are a brilliant piece of gear for VR enthusiasts and business leaders alike.
The all-in-one headset, which can used with both video and audio mobile VR systems, recently included on the TIME list for the best inventions of 2020, and was an overall tremendous success this last year.
Like most other companies, Pico is not releasing a successful headset yet. However, we feel Pico will want to push forward with impressive devices because it has a very loyal fanbase. We predict Pico will continue to flourish as long as it produces brilliant devices.
With the Oculus Quest 2 leading the mass-market by such a considerable distance, it's hard to imagine this as anything other than a one horse race–but the game is far from over!
Looking forward into 2021 and beyond to see a lot more innovation pouring into the VR headsets space as many people work around the clock to knock out Oculus from the top spot.
Along with promises from HTC Vive of a “new era” of VR headsets in 2021, we also expect giants Apple to enter the VR marketplace over the next 12 months, and XR Today will be there to report as soon as they do.