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?
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.
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.
Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening (is this the color they'd want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year?), but really, once you have a sense of a person's taste, it's not impossible. This season, we'll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that college student, or serious home cook, or boss (who has everything) in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust--or, at least, a very helpful starting point.