Virtual reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world. The VR artificially create sensory experiences, which can include sight, hearing, touch, and smell.
Well, the VR is still a long way from mainstream, but 2015 was a big year for the virtual reality industry. Many new handsets were introduced, some with full-featured and powerful and some simple and portable.
Companies like HTC, Microsoft, Samsung and Google have introduced their virtual reality devices this year. Today, we have listed most significant breakthroughs of the virtual reality this year. Have a look at the slider below.
HTC show off VR headset with Valve
Vive VR Headset by HTC
Smartphone maker, HTC has partnered with video-game company - Valve Software to introduced a VR headset called - the Vive headset. The VR headset uses lasers to track the location within a space and makes it possible to roam around while using the headset.
Rift VR headset with hand controllers
Rift and Oculus Touch
Facebook-owned Oculus, showcased its first consumer headset, Rift and a pair of hand controllers, which is planned to release next year. The headset sports two OLED displays, allowing a wide field of view and a speaker for each ear. While, the controllers are enabled with hand gestures like dragging objects, pointing and waving.
Microsoft shows off HoloLens, its holographic headset
Microsoft HoloLens, is referred as augmented reality than virtual reality, as it intended to blend 3D virtual visuals within the real world. It is still not clear, when the company will release the HoloLens for public.
Virtual reality in an affordable way
Google released its VR headset, to experience the virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way. It's a VR experience starting with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. Once you have it, you can explore a variety of apps that unfold all around you.
Samsung started selling its latest Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung released the latest version its Gear VR headset, which users Samsung smartphone as a display. The headset supports the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+.