Virtual reality has been a part of our real life for a long time. And when we quickly get used to good things, it becomes more and more difficult for us to be surprised at something new. In this article, we presented an overview of the devices of 2023 that received the greatest response.
Manufacturers of VR devices go out of their way to impress new customers and satisfy all their needs. They pay a lot of attention not only to hardware and performance, but also to the mechanics of VR itself. From the smooth use of controllers (gamepads) to the versatile shape of a helmet that is easy to put on and fits comfortably without causing discomfort to the user.
Bigscreen: Bigscreen Beyond
Perhaps the most anticipated headset of 2023 is Bigscreen Beyond from Bigscreen. And right now, this is the smallest and lightest vr-headset in the world. Its weight is only 127 grams and, according to the manufacturers, fits perfectly to the face, creating ideal physiological conditions for immersion in the virtual world.
The uniqueness of the novelty lies in the fact that the helmet is adapted individually to the parameters of the face of each buyer. before buying a helmet, the buyer needs to install the company’s application, make a 3D face scan and send data for pre-order. and voila – and you get a gadget with the only unique shape in the world (we are talking only about the part of the headset that is adjacent to the face).
Bigscreen Beyond is equipped with two screens with a 5K resolution (5120×2560 pixels). According to the company, the image quality is 2-3 times higher than other VR devices on the market. The price of headset is 999$. The release is planned for Summer 2023.
Meta: Meta Quest 3
Meta Quest Pro. Source: meta.com
So far, Meta Quest 3 is not the official name of the new headset from the Meta. At the moment, all that is known is that Mark Zuckerberg mentioned ” next generation of our Quest headset for consumers”, but all further actions of the company indicate that we will see the new Meta Quest this fall.
According to the latest data, the new device will be twice as thin, at least twice as powerful, and will cost a little more than Meta Quest 2. Before that, Mark Zuckerberg voiced the price range from $300 to $500.
The headset will also offer improved mixed reality experiences, just like the recently released Meta Quest Pro. This information has already been confirmed. While using the device, players will be able to interact with the built-in smart assistant that will guide them in the real world. Compared to the mechanics of Meta Quest 2, this is a big technological breakthrough.
Meta also made a statement about the development of a new VR headset at a more affordable price, which is scheduled for release in 2024.
SONY Playstation VR 2
The latest headset from Sony went on sale on February 22 this year. The kit includes a helmet, controllers, headphones and a Type-C cable. Judging by customer reviews, the Sony helmet is the most comfortable among all VR-helmets on the market. And it seems the company decided to combine all the latest VR technologies developed recently.
The PlayStation VR2 has two OLED displays with a resolution of 2000 × 2040 pixels each – higher than a TV with a Full HD resolution. There is HDR – an extended range of contrast and color reproduction. The picture looks natural and detailed. The display does not glare, does not blur the image and keeps focus well. And the ease of use is the main bug fix that Sony has done.
General customer reviews on the new VR device from Sony is positive. The only thing that raises questions is the price of $550, as some users say the limited ecosystem of the Playstation 5 console is not worth the money. Otherwise, everyone agrees that the company has made a breakthrough in comparison with previous models of the virtual reality headsets.