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Head-mounted displays (HMDs) -- or, more simply, “headsets” -- allow users to watch and play virtual reality videos and games in completely immersive environments. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most exciting HMDs on the market.
Sony's Playstation VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and more.
PlayStation VR (PS VR) is a head-mounted display that’s fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console. It’s capable of rendering two different images at the same time -- one for the display, one for the television -- which means your friends can watch on TV what you’re experiencing inside the headset.
The Daydream View is a virtual reality headset developed by Google to correspond with its platform, Daydream. Phones configured for Daydream can be placed in the front compartment of the headset and viewed through the two lenses.
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook. The Rift incorporates positional tracking, or sensors, which allow you to use the headset while sitting, standing or walking around the room.
The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset developed by HTC and Valve Corporation. It includes two wireless, handheld controllers, which give you the ability to walk freely while wearing the headset -- using the controllers, you can manipulate objects and interact with your virtual environment.
The Samsung Gear VR is a virtual reality headset developed by Samsung Electronics, in collaboration with Oculus. The headset is compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices (Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7); once you insert the phone, you can use the headset to adjust your field of view.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S is a smartphone, manufactured by TCL Corporation, that comes with its own headset. You can pop your phone into the headset to watch content -- the phone’s hardware includes a 2,560x1,440 pixel 5.5-inch AMOLED display.
We believe mobile is the most ubiquitous way to experience 360 video. Our native applications allow users to watch content using the gyroscope touchpad or cardboard device.
The new Siri Remote Apple TV is our favorite way to explore 360 video on television. Our Littlstar app is currently the only 360 video application on the Apple TV, where it’s been promoted within the featured apps section in the Apple TV store.
Littlstar is now available on Android TV, in partnership with Sony Electronics. You can access the Littlstar app on the homescreen of your Sony Bravia, as well as any television that supports the android operating system.
The web is one of the best channels to educate audiences about the magic of VR and 360. Littlstar.com allows content creators to upload their videos and access proprietary analytics; it also allows users to watch and embed videos into their own sites or blogs.