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A Quick Guide to Must-Have Virtual Reality Equipment

For immersive entertainment experiences, there's nothing quite like virtual reality (VR). As virtual reality technology continues to improve, more people are investing in headsets, glasses, motion sensors, and other reality-expanding gear. Keep reading to learn more about the essential components of any virtual reality setup.

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality technology simulates virtual objects within a virtual environment. This distinguishes it from augmented reality that layers virtual data over the real world. Virtual reality replaces the real world environment entirely, and VR headsets and compatible devices allow users to immerse themselves in these fictional realities. Find cool virtual reality technology on eBay in every price range.

What kind of headset do you need?

If you're new to the world of virtual reality, the first thing you need is a headset. During a virtual reality experience, these goggles are placed over the eyes, ensuring full immersion in the virtual world. There are several types of headsets, such as:

  • 3 Degrees of Freedom headsets: These headsets, also known as 3DoF headsets, let viewers have stationary virtual experiences. Movements are measured along the x, y, and z-axes, which means that users can explore the virtual world from standing and sitting positions. Popular examples include the Samsung GearVR and the Google Daydream.
  • 6 Degrees of Freedom headsets: 6DoF headsets don't just measure rotational movements on the x, y, and z-axes; they also measure the translation of movement across these axes. To track this movement, these headsets are equipped with external infrared sensors or outward-facing visual sensors. Thanks to this additional technology, users wearing these headsets can move throughout the virtual environment. Popular examples include the PSVR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift.

What about mobile headsets?

High-end headsets like the Oculus Rift need to be connected to PCs for optimal use. There are also mobile headsets, however, which can be attached to iPhones and Android phones. They aren't yet able to provide the 6DoF experience of the HTC Vive, but they're still equipped with great virtual reality technology. Popular options include:

  • Samsung Gear VR
  • Oculus Go
  • Merge VR Goggles

What other accessories are available?

While the headset is the primary component of any VR setup, other gear can enhance the experience. Available accessories include:

  • Motion controllers: These controllers measure your movements, allowing you to interact with the virtual environments in games and apps.
  • Headphones and mic: Many top-of-the-line headsets have built-in headphones and microphones. If you opt for basic goggles built for mobile devices, however, you may need an additional audio apparatus.