The Hot CES Hardware… VR Headsets

The Hot CES Hardware… VR Headsets

As CES is concluding its second day in Las Vegas, more and more news sites are geeking out of the new technology. As we mentioned earlier this week, laptops, wearable device, and smartcars seem to be hot ticket items this year. However, another trend appears to be Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. Everyone was expecting to see great things from Oculus (a division of Facebook), and Samsung. Needless to say, neither company disappointed at this year’s show. A third party made a strong appearance as well, HTC.

HTC unveiled the updated version of their Vive VR system (the system includes headset, hand controllers, and cameras) which will sell for $650 and should arrive in April of this year. Facebook’s Oculus project is due to arrive in February, and has a pre-order price of $599. However, the device requires a powerful PC to run it. The actual out of pocket cost (if you don’t already have a supercomputer) will be around $1000. Samsung took a different approach by offering a $99 headset that works with their existing Galaxy line of smartphones. They also introduced the Rink hand controller which is designed to work their VR headset. For folks that already own a compatible phone, this is a no brainer. Overall though, 2016 is looking like the year when VR goes mainstream.

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