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Competition for Standalone VR Headset between different manufacturers

Competition for Standalone VR Headset between different manufacturers

Competition for Standalone VR headset between different major companies is on its peak. The race is rising up for wireless virtual reality headset as HTC already announced $220 add-on to its HTC Vive system that allows people to use it without connecting it to any PC. The cord-less VR upgrade kit of HTC Vive consist of a wireless sensor i.e. transmitter and receiver that sits on top of head and a battery that is placed behind your head.

It was manufactured by TPCAST; however no technical specs has been released yet, can work for 90 minutes and will come into market in the first quarter of 2017. This upgrade shows that HTC is worried about its position in this competition as two more headsets are expected to come in market next year; they are the new Sulon Q and Oculus’ Santa Cruz.

High-end standalone VR headsets

Oculus and HTC currently represented the high-powered standalone headsets to VR market, instead of placing the Smartphone in the box. Advantage of this headset is that it provides both latency and quality – they are not restricted to any cable, motion tracking comprised in a Smartphone, and processing power. Both companies launched VR headsets that need to be physically attached to a PC by a wire or Smartphone. This leads to widespread mockery and immediate considerations that these products should be wireless and should let you move freely around.

Delay in launching standalone VR headset

There is a delay in making a VR headset with no cord around from sometime. The complexity with launching a wireless VR headset as it needs to process huge amount o f data in real time – even a slightest delay in processing images and 3D video can make the whole VR experience nauseating for users. It is still not cleared that how HTC achieved this.

The Oculus’ Santa Cruz has one big advantage over HTC Vive as it allows inside out tracking, which means that sensors itself scan the room you are in, so there is no need for special sensors in the room and make the system compatible before using it. However, it has appeared that Oculus Santa Cruz still needs to be wirelessly connected to a system.

Another big benefit of inside out is that it also provides augmented reality interface, besides just virtual reality. In easy words, you can see the room in which you are standing in and can add virtual reality elements into it, rather than just seeing purely computer created environment.

Pros and cons

It is estimated that, don’t know whether the companies would have to lower their image quality to sync data more rapidly in wirelessly in the standalone Headset. Price is still unknown for these standalone VR headsets. Price may vary depending upon if you’re buying an add-on device or a fully standalone VR headset. Vive’s new add-in device comes up in $220. And still, Sulon Q is not providing any information about its interface.