Top 4 virtual reality headsets released in the next year

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2015, 6:26am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2015, 8:58am

Some techies are dubbing 2015 the year of virtual reality. Partly that's due to the roll-out of VR headsets designed to be used with smartphones. But it is also in anticipation of dedicated goggles from heavy hitters, especially the much-hyped Oculus Rift, due out early next year. Among those drawing attention are:

Sony Morpheus

Scheduled for release in the first half of next year, the Morpheus is designed to work with PlayStation 4. It features a 5.7-inch organic light-emitting diode screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, which will help eliminate motion sickness. Sony reportedly has some of the best game studios developing content for Morpheus.

HTC Vive

The Vive is a VR headset made in collaboration with Valve, the PC gaming giant behind hits such as Half-Life and Portal. Due in shops by the end of the year, the headset features two 1080 x 1200 screens to give hi-res display, and a slew of sensors and 360-degree head-tracking. Other wall-mounted sensors track your movements, so you can shoot, move and respond to the action. But be ready to shell out HK$2,400 to HK$5,000.

Oculus Rift

The Rift plugs into your PC and uses sensors to track your head movements and feed 3D imagery to its screens. A developer's version is already available online, but the consumer version won't ship until the first quarter of next year. It works with an Xbox One control pad, but used with Oculus' Touch controllers, also due for release next year, most reviewers say the device gives a real sense of presence. With a gaming PC included in the estimated HK$11,600 cost, the Rift headset will probably go for HK$1,550 to HK$3,100.

Samsung Gear VR

An Oculus-powered device, the innovator edition now available uses a Samsung smartphone that slides inside the mask as its processor and display. Control comes from a touch pad on the side of the headset, along with a cursor that responds to head tracking. Several games are available along with video content through its Milk VR service in the US. The headset costs HK$1,550 on samsung.com