VR Devices: 1 Dev’s Opinion

This list starts with lowest point of entry regarding the funds & resources required and goes all the way up to the high end more costly (time & money) options. Your setup depends on your interests, resources and goals. My name is MoniGarr and all opinions expressed here are my own.

XR: VR, AR, MR ( virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality)

HMD: head mounted display

Google Cardboard / Google DayDream

For about $20 dollars usd you can buy Google Cardboard VR devices that are actually made with cardboard or plastic or rubbery material. To tap any buttons or interactions, the VR device usually has a physical button on the top right while wearing the VR device on your face.

For about $50 to $100 dollars usd you can buy Google Daydream VR devices that are made with cloth, plastic and have a dedicated separate plastic handheld controller.

  • Purchase a Google Cardboard VR Device online or from most any retailer.
  • Register your Google Play account for installing software to your phone, online at http://play.google.com
  • Install the Google Cardboard mobile app to your current smart phone.
  • Run the Google Cardboard mobile app on your smart phone.
  • Insert your smart phone into your Google Cardboard VR Device.
  • Follow the instructions on your smart phone screen while it is in the Google Cardboard or Google Daydream VR HMD to get setup and learn how to use the controllers, navigate, install new apps, etc.

Pros: fast & cheap to setup. small compact size to carry with you everywhere. audio & visuals come from your smart phone. Works with personal mobile devices (Android & iOS). No cables required to restrict head movement.

Dev Pros: Fast to develop prototypes for and carry your prototypes with you to share with prospects & investors quickly and at minimal costs. Android developers have most of the tools and skills required to develop for these devices.

Dev Cons: its no longer supported – another neat project started by and abandoned by Google šŸ™

Cons: Frame rates can be slow (jittery & can cause dizziness / eye strain) Visuals can be clunky. Overcome the cons by using low poly visuals and optimizing all content for the Android and iOS smart phones.

Oculus Go & Quest

Oculus Go VR devices cost about $250 dollars usd. They have no cables and do not require a smart phone to be inserted into them.

  • Purchase online or at retailers.
  • Register your account online at http://www.Oculus.com
  • Install free Oculus App to your smart phone.
  • Keep the Oculus App open on your smart phone.
  • Open Oculus Go Box & follow instructions & Follow Instructions in box and on screen

Pros: compact size makes it easy to carry in small bag while traveling. No cables restrict your head movement.

Dev Pros: Lower point of entry cost. Android developers have many of the dev skills to create new experiences and games for these vr devices.

Dev Cons: Close to impossible and many extremely negative experiences for Indigenous developers to access the same features & support as non Indigenous peers for publishing Indigenous VR experiences to the Oculus Store.

Cons: Visuals are not high end when compared to the cabled more expensive VR devices (Oculus Rift, Vive, Varjo…)

Oculus Rift & Rift S

as of 6/8/2020 they are not available to purchase from Oculus.com

Pros: visuals & audio are higher quality than the cheaper devices.

Dev Pros: Unity3D and UnReal Engine developers have most of the skills required to develop for these devices. Oculus Start & Oculus LaunchPad programs provided easier access to the devices, missing tech documentation and networking with peers in XR industries.

Dev Cons: Close to impossible and many extremely negative experiences for Indigenous developers to access the same features & support as non Indigenous peers for publishing Indigenous VR experiences to the Oculus Store.

Cons: VR Ready PC can be expensive and time consuming to maintain.

Vive VR Devices

I have not used Vive VR devices enough to give an experienced overview YET. Most of my developer friends and peers have stated strongly they prefer the Vive VR devices over all others because of the superior visuals, quality and consistently stable support from the Vive company & community. https://www.vive.com/

More VR Devices

If you have extensive experience with any of the following or other VR devices and want to share your opinions about the pros & cons, please do so in the comments. If you are a developer evangelist or on the marketing team for any of these VR devices & want to jump in our Indigenous XR production team at MoniGarr.com – please contact us; we are happy to produce exciting new Indigenous Futurism content for new XR devices.

PlayStation VR

Varjo

Microsoft Hololens