In the past, virtual reality was seen as ‘all hype’. Today, all that has changed – in fact, 2016 has begun with a bang for virtual reality. This year, virtual reality is quickly becoming a mainstream technology with many consumer VR headsets taking the market by storm. Many big names are now associated with virtual reality, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and HTC. There are many who suggest that even Apple may be interested in virtual reality. Let us look at a few of the most popular virtual reality viewers.

One of the most popular VR viewers available today is Google Cardboard. Not only is it among the most popular, it is also the cheapest VR viewer in the market. It is indeed amazing to see how a ‘piece of cardboard’ can turn a smart-phone into a virtual reality viewer. One can use the Cardboard app or select from a large number of compatible apps for experiencing virtual reality using the Google Cardboard VR viewer. While it may not be a high-end VR viewer, Google Cardboard has to receive credit for having contributed towards helping virtual reality reach a large number of people, with many experiencing virtual reality for the first time using Google Cardboard.

Another popular VR viewer is the Zeiss VR One headset. Priced at $129 with tray, the VR One headset comes from Zeiss, a company that is well-known for its high-end and high-quality camera lenses. It is lightweight and its customized slide-out trays can be used for holding one’s smart-phone, and can be worn even with eyeglasses. Yet another very popular VR viewer is Samsung Gear VR, which can be used for virtual reality experiences with Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge+. Samsung Gear VR is a compact VR headset, which makes extended viewing easy. While the hardware is Samsung, the credit for the software and the operating system goes to Oculus.

One of the most popular VR viewers is the Oculus Rift, which is available for pre-order at $599, with the non-developer Rift featuring a 110-degree viewing angle, 2160 x 1200 resolution, built-in audio, etc. Another popular VR viewer is the HTC Vive – a product which was developed by HTC and Valve, a gaming company. Powered by Valve’s Steam VR platform, the HTC Vive creates virtual reality experiences with a PC-connected headset, two controllers and two laser-tracking base stations. The laser-tracking base stations track the user’s movements and location. The HTC Vive offers a room-scale virtual reality experience. Other popular VR viewers include Microsoft’s HoloLens (augmented reality headset), Mattel View-Master VR, Freefly VR, Noon VR, Homido and Merge VR.

Virtual reality is a very versatile technology with a range of applications across multiple fields. With the help of a reputed virtual reality company, you can effectively use virtual reality for promoting and growing your business. The right virtual reality company can contribute enormously towards taking your business to the next level by giving you the best results right from panorama photography, virtual reality knowledge transfer solutions, 360 videography and advanced visualization to virtual reality tours.