Three weeks ago, I got a gift card to Target and I intended to use it to buy some new clothes. But the inner geek inside me couldn’t help to avoid the oncoming VR (virtual reality craze! Once I finished doing some research, I’d realized that Google had released some cheap-ass vr headsets call Cardboard. Which are literally……
Which is NOT what I wanted. So I looked up Target’s page and they had a pair that were sturdier.
This is an example of the one I bought, which ended up being 50 bucks.
When I got it, it seemed pretty simple, open up the front once I found a supported VR game, app or video and pop my phone in! It was, but after about a few hours playing with the apps, the charm of 360 immersion wore off.
Videos were cool, as many of the good ones feature a 360 view where you can feel like you’re actually there. This was especially cool using Google’s Street View, which lets you explore anywhere on the globe in full view. But that gets old after a while. Viewing was also bothersome after a half hour and many times I HAD TO TAKE BREAKS!!
The games and apps seemed SUPER COOL, but my headset had fairly limited functionality, unlike the fancier Samsung, HTC, Oculous and Sony versions. Having a controller was pretty mandatory, which I kind of wish VR breaks AWAY from the controller. (I mean, isn’t that kind of the point of the virtual experience?!)
JUST NOT LIKE THIS! (Wow! I can’t believe I remember this movie!) – Stephen King’s Lawnmower Man
I know I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but I have a feeling that VR STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO! The more expensive rigs will give users a WAYYY better experience than I had and I’m in no way trying to discourage you guys to try out the headsets for yourself. As a matter of fact, dip your toes in the pool and test the waters yourself and I hope you enjoy the swim
Just bring along a spear gun, just in case!