Alternatives to Oculus Rift

February 10, 2017




Virtual reality is huge right now. So naturally, it was always going to find a niche within the events industry; specifically live events where consumers are expecting more and more immersive and high tech experiences. There’s some major players in the VR arena, but some of the underdogs should be no means be left off the starting line. Oculus Rift is a well-known VR brand that offers a huge amount in terms of functionality, and it has taken the market by storm. 


You might be wondering exactly what Oculus Rift is? Well, in a nutshell, it’s a virtual reality headset made by Oculus VR. Wearing the headset is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. It’s used for a variety of different experiences including virtual reality movies, transporting yourself to a destination somewhere around the world, or spending time with people in virtual reality. 

‘Customisable, comfortable, adaptable, and beautiful, Rift is technology and design as remarkable as the experiences it enables.’

The technology used in rift is so advanced that it really makes you feel like you are actually there. The low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence. It will set you back around £549, but if you are dying for a taste of a VR headset but on a budget, worry not, there are cheaper alternatives. 

Oculus Rift is obviously rather impressive. However, there are other alternatives out there. Here’s some options to try. 



BlippAR labels itself a visual discovery and AR app that can ‘help you see more’. You can make objects come to life with augmented reality, unlock digital content and transform it into VR and immerse yourself in engaging, seemingly real experiences. And with 65 million users in 170 countries, it’s a serious competitor to Oculus Rift. 

 ‘From movie posters and DVD covers to packaging, food and print, the Blippable world is growing rapidly thanks to computer vision and augmented reality technologies.’

With the variety of VR and AR that BlippAR offers, it’s definitely worth your attention. Over a 1000 brands are already using it and you could be too. 


Sony PlayStation VR

PlayStation’s offering is more mainstream perhaps, and at £349, it’s more affordable. PS4 compatibility is obviously a huge selling point for many, and it does deliver high quality performance. It may not be quite on Oculus Rift’s level, but it’s ideal for newbies and those with an interest specifically in gaming.

‘Immerse yourself in extraordinary new worlds, put yourself at the centre of an incredible gaming universe and experience a new way to play with PlayStation VR.’


Samsung Gear VR

And last, but certainly not least, we have Samsung’s offering ‘Samsung Gear VR’. Their headset offers very low light leakage, reflection prevention and a bigger field of view. Plus, it’s compatible with most Galaxy smartphones (aside from the Galaxy Note7). It can be connected using the Micro USB. We will let you in on a little secret, their Gear VR is actually powered by Oculus. The star chart app is pretty mind-blowing…

‘Explore the solar system in this beautiful and accurate real-time simulation. From the Sun to the darkest reaches of Pluto, feel the awe of floating in space around worlds no human has yet set foot on.’

These are just a few of the tools you can use to get VR on your stand, but there’s a difference between having VR and creating an experience. Inside our 2017 TrendTracker you will be able to find out how you can make a completely immersive and memorable experience using VR. Just follow the link below and download your copy for free today.


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