Infographic: Which VR/AR Headset is Right for You?

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Augmented reality is a technology that layers virtual enhancements atop the actual environment before you, in order to make experiences more meaningful through interaction. Together, the two create a space called mixed reality and it's likely the future for these already innovative headsets. Below are both emerging VR and AR headsets and how they suit your lifestyle. Here are the details you'll want to know about the top contenders. Which headset is right for you?


Microsoft reportedly shelved an Xbox VR headset

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Back in June, Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, Mike Nichols, told Gameindustry.biz Now, CNET has learned that there was indeed a VR headset for Xbox under development, but the project has been shelved until better tech is available. People who have knowledge of the matter told CNET that Microsoft had been seeking out partners to develop games for an Xbox VR headset over the last few years. They also said that the screen quality of the device, the specs of which have not been leaked or made public, was good, but not as good as Facebook's Oculus Rift or HTC's Vive. This makes sense, considering the Xbox One X was apparently built with VR in mind.


Cows wearing VR headsets might produce better milk

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It's not just humans who can benefit from VR. Moscow-area farmers strapped modified VR headsets to cows to see if it improved their mood -- and, of course, their milk production. The project subjected cattle to a simulated summer field with colors tuned for the animals' eyes, giving them a decidedly more pleasing landscape than a plain, confining farm. And yes, the headsets were adapted to the "structural features" of cows' heads so that they could see properly. It appears to have worked, at least on a basic level. The first test reduced the cows' anxiety and boosted their overall sentiment.


Apple's AR headset might not arrive until 2022

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You might not want to get your hopes up for an Apple augmented reality headset in 2020 despite evidence of progress. The Information sources claim Apple held an internal presentation in October where it expected to release the AR headset (really a mixed AR/VR headset) in 2022, and AR glasses in 2023. There would be reasons for the wait, however. If the leak is accurate, Apple will try to push the boundaries of AR technology. The design would superficially resemble an Oculus Quest, but it would have "high-resolution" eyepieces (possibly the previously rumored 8K displays) that would let you read "small type."


Apple's rumored AR headset may pack 8K displays and VR support

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Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more concrete. A CNET source claimed that the stand-alone device (codenamed T288) would also support virtual reality, and would have an 8K display for each eye. For reference, even the HTC Vive Pro is limited to'just' 1,440 x 1,600 per eye. If this is accurate, Apple could effectively eliminate the screen door effect you often get with current VR, where the proximity of the display lets you see the gaps between pixels. The improved realism might also help fend off motion sickness for some wearers.