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Three Reasons to Buy a Virtual Reality Headset

Interesting Things logo Interesting Things 2/3/2020 The Editors
a woman holding a cell phone: VR technology has come a long way the last few decades. © Bruce Mars VR technology has come a long way the last few decades.

Virtual-reality headsets have been around since the mid 1990s. But it took another twenty years before they came into their own as a standard piece of home entertainment technology. Today, what was once likened to “looking through toilet paper tubes” is now a fully immersive experience that can be enjoyed by multiple viewers at once, allow game players to move around in the virtual space, and bring a rich new perspective to all manner of media, from movies to music. If you are considering investing in a virtual-reality headset, consider these ways that VR can expand your entertainment landscape.

a close up of a device: VR headsets make it possible to watch movies like you never have before. © Oculus VR headsets make it possible to watch movies like you never have before.

Personal Theatre

Why watch a movie alone when you can watch a movie with friends, even if they are in another location? Synchronize movie night inside the same virtual theatre and enjoy the company of your fellow viewers as interactive avatars.

Game Play

Video game play is where VR headsets really shine. Because of their ability to simulate three-dimensional space, games take on a whole new level of intensity. VR headsets have become so sophisticated that they are even used for combat training of U.S. military forces, and it doesn’t get any more real than that.

Surround Sound

Whether you are playing a video game or watching a movie, surround sound makes the experience fully immersive. TV soundbars and home stereo systems are fine, but for a real 360-degree VR trip, consider a set with integrated headphones or spatial audio drivers to complete the sensation of being there.

a close up of a black background: Pair a VR set with headphones or earbuds to really feel plugged in. © Samsung Pair a VR set with headphones or earbuds to really feel plugged in. a close up of a computer: If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in the game, a VR headset can take you there. © Playstation If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in the game, a VR headset can take you there.
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