We have all heard in the past, like a few years ago that Virtual Reality will be the next revolution. First the PC revolution, then the Internet revolution, then the Mobile revolution, and then it was proposed that VR would be the next big storm…and we’re still waiting.
Over the last year or two gaming on VR has improved ten-fold. And now you can watch a 4k movie in an environment of your choice. Prefer a drive-in theater or maybe a humongous auditorium screen, no problem. The virtual popcorn doesn’t even have as many carbs as the real kind as well.
All this said, and the one area that I’m waiting for is when can I have endless amounts of VR monitor space. I want to work on a single spreadsheet from cell A1:XFD1048576 and see it all without scrolling. Hey, you have your fantasies, I have mine.
Well, we aren’t quite there yet, but it’s certainly getting closer all the time. You can do design in 3d models now better than ever and you can have larger virtual monitors that emulate actual sizes. It’s not perfect but I think we could see something great soon and it’s worth checking out.
Here are our top 5 VR/AR headsets that can do the job:
For overall build quality and performance, the Valve Index was the clear front-runner with HTC Vive Pro not far behind. If you have the money to spend for the high-end then it is worth it.
In terms of value as to the best bang for the buck, the Oculus Quest 2 is the clear winner. Facebook is not making a profit on these to get the price down to get an anchor into the VR arena. This is a win/win but you can likely expect at some point that ads will be ingrained into your VR experience as they work on how to monetize this realm.
It might be noted at the time of this writing, the Oculus 2 were recalled to replace the face mask. So availability is difficult at the moment. If you own an Oculus 2 you can go to this link to fill out a form for a free replacement – Oculus safety alert – recall instructions
In terms of price and value for a professional environment, whereas multiple people will be continually using the device, I think the HP Reverb Professional is moving in the right direction with a quality device with a decent price point but also has the replaceable face mask/nose guard.