Our virtual reality collection
Apart from Pokémon, virtual reality and 360 video are the next big thing. While hardware and especially software are still in its early days, the number of people experimenting with creative and commercial uses for the new technology are expanding rapidly. At theWizard, we did some experimenting of our own. In this article we have a look at our hardware and talk about why the most expensive hardware isn’t necessarily the best option…
Our first introduction to virtual reality came with the arrival of the Oculus Rift DK2. Only slightly surpassed by the eventual consumer version, this still is a great headset. You get access to the same software as the consumer version and because it’s hooked up to a high end computer, this thing can run the most powerful applications out there. Its only real negatives are its wires and the lack of room scale VR (for an example of moving around freely in VR, have a look at the HTC Vive). However, later this year Oculus ships Oculus Touch, which will hopefully bring along room scale as well.
Samsung Gear VR
Without a doubt, Samsungs Gear VR is the best wireless virtual reality headset available right now. Okay, it has limited positional tracking, but it makes up for that in comfort, ease of use and overall quality. The integrated control system is clever and it even has its own ecosystem. Its limitations are mostly due to the Samsung exclusivity: you’ll need a Samsung S6 or S7, and if you don’t already have one of those, you can almost buy an Oculus Rift for that money. In our opinion though, this headset is the most convenient option there is for bringing along with you and showing everyone what you have been working on.
Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K
Shooting 360 video, if done right, is a great way to immerse your audience. You can buy high end rigs like the Nokia OZO, but after that you’ll be broke for a while. At the other side of the spectrum you have camera’s like the Giroptic. These types of camera’s won’t break the bank, but seriously lack in image results and stitching quality. In between, you’ll find Kodak Pixpro: because there’s only two camera’s, stitching is a dream and image wise, there isn’t even that much of a difference between this one and the Nokia OZO.