2016 has been the year of high-end consumer virtual reality (VR). We’ve seen the official launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, as well as Google Daydream. But while acquiring the head-mounted display (HMD) is the key aspect of any VR fan’s purchase, there’s plenty of accessories that can make-or-break the experience. These items could be perfect for that last-minute present buying.
Need one last thing to fill that space under the tree? No matter which HMD your partner, cousin, friend, brother or sister has bought, VRFocus has a selection of accessories to enhance their time in virtual worlds. See below for some great gift ideas for each format and HMD!
Turtle Beach Earforce Stealth 350 VR
Audio is an often underappreciated asset in videogames. However, in VR, it’s an essential piece of the immersion puzzle. Many companies have invested a great deal of research and development into making their audio systems the highest possible quality, while developers are assigning more-and-more of a project’s budget to the soundscape. Why then, would you opt for a low quality output in the home?
To take advantage of the growing importance of audio brought about by VR, Turtle Beach has launched the Earforce Stealth 350 VR. A headset designed specifically for VR, the Earforce Stealth 350 VR features an ergonomic design which leaves room for your HMD headstrap and cables despite offering 50mm speakers fully compatible with head-related transfer function (HRTF) audio.
The Earforce Stealth 350 VR is compatible with PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and is currently priced at £59.99 GBP.
An expensive addition, but one which will be in high demand amongst Oculus Rift owners. Oculus Touch is the first official motion-controller input for the Oculus Rift HMD and is required for many of the best experiences now available for the device. There’s been plenty of debate about the potential for dividing the Oculus Rift audience, however current signs support the idea that the core demographic has jumped onto the adoption of motion-controllers without a second thought.
2017 is going to see many more videogames and VR experiences requiring the use of motion-control input, so there’s really no better time to get on-board with Oculus Touch than right now.
Oculus Touch is only compatible with the Oculus Rift, and is available to purchase now for £189.99 GBP including all the essential accessories: sensor, batteries, Rock Band VR connector.
PlayStation VR Carry Case
Prior to the launch of the PlayStation VR a number of different accessories began appearing on retail websites. Manufacturers such as RDS and Nyko began promoting their wares, but for the holiday period something robust may be needed to support the PlayStation VR in transit. There’s undoubtedly many chances for early adopters to show-off their new piece of kit over the holidays, so why not ensure they do so safely?
At present, there are two different carry cases available. The RDS PlayStation VR Headset and Accessories Deluxe Carrying Case and the POWER A Storage Case for PlayStation VR, priced at £59.99 GBP and £39.99 respectively.
Numskull Christmas Jumpers
Know someone who loved the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story VR experience? A Fallout 4 fan desperately awaiting the VR version announced back at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)? A Christmas jumper may well be in order…
Numskull offer a variety of videogame-themed Christmas jumpers available to purchase now. Help someone show their inner fanboy/fangirl via the official website.