When it comes to truly experiencing Virtual Reality, owning a headset and a powerful computer or smartphone is not always enough. There will be plenty of use cases for particular accessories, even though the market is still somewhat limited right now. Thankfully, the number of available accessories is growing over time, and the items below are well worth keeping an eye on for those people who take VR seriously.
4. Roto VR
Although virtual reality is not something designed to be enjoyed while sitting down, the Roto VR should not be overlooked. This particular chair is compatible with all major VR hardware in existence and grants users a way to avoid tangling themselves in cables. Moreover, the base and foot pedals provide orientation tracking as well. It is quite an expensive item, to say the least, as its US$499 price tag is more expensive than some of the major VR headsets out there.
This particular accessory is quite intriguing. Gloveone is a pair of gloves that improves overall hand tracking within the VR environment. Even though the same goal can be achieved by using VR-oriented controllers – such as the Oculus Touch – the gloves also provide haptic features, finger tracker, and a way to use gestures as a way to execute commands. Feeling the sensation of weight or different textures can be quite intriguing, to say the least. Unfortunately, the Gloveone has no official release date as of yet.
2. Kor-FX Force Feedback Vest
First-person shooter players have been asking for a vest that provides them with haptic feedback for quite some time now. Kor-FX’s product is a major step in the right direction, as it does provide quite an immersive experience when dealing with shooter games. Other types of games may not necessarily benefit from this accessory, although it still opens up interesting opportunities. More importantly, the Force Feedback Vast also works outside of VR, as it is compatible with consoles. It is possible to buy the item right now for the price of US$99.99.
1. Leap Motion
A lot has been said and written about the Leap Motion over the past few years. However, the potential applications for this device in the VR world have yet to be explored. Since Leap Motion is one of the few devices accurately tracking hand and finger movements, it can be quite a valuable tool in virtual reality. In fact, if full hand tracking has ever been designed to come to VR environments, it will most likely be based on the Leap Motion’s internal technology. The Leap Motion is available for purchase right now for the price of US$89.99.
The huge benefit of such a technology is the fact that it could eliminate the need for controllers, as gestures with your hand can serve as controls themselves. Furthermore, it would eliminate the need for extra gadgets and equipment while playing VR.