So you found the headset of your dreams? Whether it was the HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, or a mobile VR device — finding the right VR headset is only half the job. Now you have to find some accessories to take the experience to the next level!
Thankfully, that’s were we come in with some solid recommendations. What are some of the best VR accessories you should consider? Let’s take a look shall we?
Seeing and hearing a virtual content is one thing, but actually feeling objects in the digital world takes things to a whole new level. Gloveone literally adds feeling to virtual reality with 10 vibrotactile actuators. And it is not your simple haptic feedback; this thing simulates weight, textures, sound waves and more.
The team claims one can even feel butterfly flutters and rain. In addition, this accessories are equipped with contact areas for gestures, an orientation module, Bluetooth LE and an 800 mAh battery.
It is not cheap at 299,00 € for a single glove. Getting both gloves will cost you 549,00 €. The price adds up after you have already spent a good chunk of change on the headset itself, but it can enhance your experience unlike anything else.
KOR-FX Gaming Vest
Why stop with the hands? You can also feel every shot and explosion with the KOR-FX Gaming Vest strapped to your chest. And it doesn’t only work with games, you can also feel movies, music and other media. The unit works with any 3.5 mm port and requires 4 AA batteries. There is an included wireless dongle that also requires 4 AA batteries or a USB connection.
Interested? This one can be had for as low as $99. You can also go for the $135 bundle, which includes an optical adapter for use with gaming consoles.
Make in-game movement more real with this accessory. It’s like an omni-directional treadmill for moving around in VR games. This would be great for FPS and RPG titles, as well as many other types of games.
Doesn’t seem liked it would be cheap, right? It really isn’t, but it’s also not as expensive as you may imagine. It was launched on Kickstarter, where users could get it for as low as $349. Then it launched for $699. But the expenses don’t end there; you must also get shoes, other sensors and accessories.
Sadly, Virtuix is not currently selling the Omni to the general consumer. Instead they are aiming for arcades and other commercial customers, but that may be a temporary thing. We hope the Omni makes it back to the general market soon.
Have fun while you get your daily exercise done. The VirZOOMhooks up to a PC/PS4 and a VR headset to put you in moving games. Pedaling and leaning will take you through race tracks, battlegrounds, the sky or regular ol’ country roads.
Sounds fun, right? It is $399.95, but that isn’t to horrible considering there are much more expensive exercise bikes out there. If you already have a VR set-up and want to get moving, this might be a good investment.
Movement usually takes up a whole hand while gaming, thus leaving every other action to your other hand. In the real world we can use two hands while we walk around, so why not take those capabilities to our virtual reality? In comes 3dRudder, a movement control made to help you move through games using your feet, all while sitting.
It looks like a scale, but has a sensors to help you move around when tilting the unit. You are not limited to games, either. This can be utilized for browsing the web or navigating through applications. It goes for $179 and doesn’t require you getting tired!
A high quality pair of headphones
Check out the following guides to find some of the best types of headphones available on the market right now:
As for the bevy of mobile VR headsets out there like Daydream, Cardboard, and Gear VR? While some of these solutions have their own motion controllers, there are a number of games that play nicely with a 3rd party controller. Our top recommend is the Stratus XL (pictured above) but your can find even more great options over at our best VR gamepads list.
We’ve actually seen and heard about a number of VR backpacks from brands like Asus, HP, MSI, and more. But in reality, only a few models have actually made it to production yet. Right now, your two choices are essentially the MSI VR (nearly $3000) or the ZOTAC VR GO (a tad under $2000).
Any other epic VR accessories we missed? Let us know down in the comments.