Virtual Reality, is this the beginning of the Matrix?
My last blog post I discussed briefly the announcements and release of the latest video cards from AMD and Nvidia. Not only are those cards capable of high end entertainment demands but they are also designed for the latest trend of virtual reality (VR).
The single question that most of us ask ourselves now in 2016 is “What is VR”?
Virtual reality has been in concept for many many years but until recently hasn't really been taken in by the public. VR gives the user a mental and physical immersion into the 3D world that a game designer creates by placing a headset with two screens over your head. (See images below)
How VR works internally is the headset receives video signal from the graphics device; being a computer, console, or smartphone. The headset then converts the video data into stereoscopic 3D on each display; as seen in the picture above. Finally through sensory technology and motion detection, the headset controls the camera of the first person and gives you the feeling you are in control of the head of the character or device within the 3D world.
All of this sounds simple but what complicates this technology with the video output devices we own; computers, consoles, smartphones, is the resolution and refresh rate of each screen in the VR headset.
This chart compares two different brands of VR headsets, but the similarity is the resolution and refresh rate of each screen. Going back to my graphics card blog post, this demand of pixel count requires a graphics card to push out enough performance to drive these VR devices. The Nvidia GTX 1080 will be the best of the best of getting the most out of VR technology at this time, where the AMD 480 will be the budget friendly graphics card for VR in 2016.
Manufacturer Oculus Rift HTC Vive
Display OLED OLED
Resolution 2160 x 1200 2160 x 1200
Refresh Rate 90Hz 90Hz
Platform Oculus Home SteamVR
You can see a demo of the HTC Vive below:
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