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5 Reasons Why Virtual Reality Headsets Are The Next Big Thing

Virtual Reality headsets are starting to become common nowadays with smartphone brands even offering it as freebies. As these devices become increasingly available to more consumers, it really has the potential to be the next big thing after smartphones. Here are five reasons we can think of.

1. It can improve the way we communicate and share experiences.

Although current VR devices are focused on entertainment, it is also a great platform for communicating with other people over the internet. Video calls will no longer just be through a static webcam or smartphones, VR headsets can put people in a same virtual location and communicate like they’re face-to-face even though miles apart.

VR headsets can also improve social experiences like sharing a 360-degree view of your location or activity. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also considers the Oculus VR as a communication platform. “By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”, he said.

2. It can make entertainment more immersive

Speaking of entertainment, this is what most VR headsets are targeted at the moment. It paves the way to a more immersive digital experience like gaming wherein gamers are put inside the digital world instead of just sitting in front of a monitor. When watching movies, users can have a theater like experience from the comforts of their homes or without the need for big and expensive TV sets. VR owners may also enjoy at its fullest the 360-degree videos uploaded on YouTube. Even the porn industry is starting to make videos catered to VR headset users.

3. It’s good for tourism and educational tours

With VR, people can see and look around places before or without leaving their homes, making it a good tool for tourism. Want to see the insides of a house you want to buy but don’t have the time to visit it personally? How about a view of Google’s Data Center? Or the White House? Or inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider? No problem, just wear your VR headset and take a 360-degree VR tour.

4. It’s a good teaching/training tool

Microsoft has demonstrated this kind of capability during their Build Developers Conference last month. With the help of developers and devices like the Microsoft HoloLens, schools can make learning interactive and easier to understand. Companies can also utilize VR to train their employees such as engineers, scientists, pilots, etc.

5. It’s readily available

As mentioned at the start of the article, VR devices can be as cheap as free like the bundled Gear VR when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Lenovo’s ANT VR headset when you purchase the new Vibe X3 or Vibe K4 Note. There’s Google Cardboard for $15 or you can make your own. CD-R King also has its own for Php888. Or you can go with the more expensive Oculus VR or Sony’s PlayStation VR. With that said, Virtual Reality technology is here. All you need now is the budget.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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6 Responses

  1. JC1 says:

    …”All you need now is the budget”. With cardboard VR from Google at roughly P750.00 and CDRKing’s P888 version and some more cheaper alternatives over the internet, the budget will not be the show stopper. It will be useful content for us to make this technology worth our time. Note of course that “usefulness” is a personal thing.

  2. ®© says:

    Even the porn industry is starting to make videos catered to VR headset users.

    Dyan ang mga hokage

  3. Nemo says:

    Wait 1 more year to really gauge if it’s truly a common useful technology, it might just be like 3d technology which they don’t make them anymore

  4. the other says:

    VR and drones.

  5. Hqchan says:

    Correction lang po: “… same virtual location and communicate like they’re face-to-face even though their miles apart.”

    “Their” should be “They’re (they are).” :)

  6. lololol says:

    You had me at porn. Lol

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