Do you hear? 2017 is knocking! New year – new opportunities, but before it is a great chance to review the highlights of 2016 in VR market. What was the best headset of the year? How about VR projects in 2016? And finally, what will 2017 bring to VR market?
The best headset of all
Let’s start with the best 4 VR headsets so far. HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Sony PlayStation VR and Samsung Gear VR were 4 the most popular headsets this year. Each of them is a bit different from others and allows to experience different VR feeling. We let you to decide which is the best one on the market on your own, however, our detailed headsets review might help: http://www.olorama.com/en/5-best-vr-headsets/
360 videos era
Moving on, 360 videos in 2016 were trending as well. What is 360 videos? According to Wikipedia, 360-degree videos, also known as immersive videos or spherical videos, are video recordings where a view in every direction is recorded at the same time, shot using an omnidirectional camera or a collection of cameras. During playback the viewer has control of the viewing direction like a panorama, a form of virtual reality. We have seen a lot of different 360 videos in 2016: nature, animated stories, even some movies. Do you remember this emotional and moving story about the girl and her dad using the car named Pearl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCH4DNQBUA)? It was directed by Patrick Osborne and won an Academy Award. It was mentioned in Olorama’s blog post which you can find here: http://www.olorama.com/en/5-trending-vr-news/
Ability to move in VR
Finally, not only VR headsets improved during 2016, but also abilities of movement in VR. Room-scale tracking is a recent term in VR’s world. It is an ability to turn 360 degrees or just simply move and walk in VR. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? Read more about room-scale tracking pros and cons here:http://www.olorama.com/en/room-scale-vr/
It seems that in 2016 we had a big selection of VR headsets, ability to watch immersive 360 videos and even move in VR by room-scale tracking. What else has changed? Now we can watch movie in VR movie theaters, or go to VR theme park. What is more, VR started to revolutionize medicine. So many innovations happened during 2016 in VR that it makes us think what 2017 will bring to VR lovers. A new headset? New VR projects? What we know for sure, is that VR becomes a big part of our lives and we can’t deny it. Let good emotions immerse you in a holiday season! Olorama Technology is here to make your VR experiences most immersive ever seen through the sense of smell. Have a good 2017!