VR Headsets

HTC Vive

The Vive is a VR headset developed by HTC and Valve. The headset is designed around a standout feature called “room scale” that allows the headset to utilize technology to turn a room into a 3D space within the virtual reality environment. This allows the user to mimic the physical environment around them using the motion tracked handheld controllers to interact and manipulate objects for a fully immersive environment.

The HTC Vive’s standout feature is Lighthouse (tracking sensors) and the ability to 3D map a user’s surrounding room and account for this in the VR environment. This 15 x 15 ft. tracking grid allows the HTC Vive to track a user around the room to increase the virtual reality experience.

To top off the experience, the Vive is combined with two motion sensing controllers that are laid out in a way that makes them easy to learn and that has a relatively natural feeling when used in-game. Gaming is clearly a big deal for the HTC Vive and other VR headsets, but there’s plenty of other great things to do with the Vive. This includes watching 360-degree videos from a number of sources, including YouTube, which has a growing library of great VR content. Facebook also is seeing a rise in such video content.


Oculus Rift

Since Facebook, one of the largest Social Media platforms in the world, bought the VR brand Oculus Rift it has become a huge talking point in the events and technology industry. Facebook must have some big plans when it comes to utilising the Oculus for social media, which will enhance and change the way people interact using social media. Imagine calling a friend, only for them to answer and you find yourself standing in front of them in their environment. With the intuitive and entrepreneurial ideas of Mark Zuckerberg, expect amazing and innovative things to come from the Oculus Rift headset. When announcing that he bought Oculus Rift, Mark Zuckerberg said, “Oculus’ mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences”. He plans to make Oculus a platform for any kind of Virtual experience, for matches, games, classrooms and consulting with doctors all from your home. He also said, “By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life”. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures

Our priority is staying up to date with the latest technology at VRE, priding ourselves on creating a successful and memorable event, that’s why VRE hire Oculus Rift to our clients. VRE is committed to informing the public about this amazing technology.

Oculus Rift, being compatible with PC’s and laptops, is probably the most popular VR headset at the moment. Video is sent to the Oculus through a HDMI cable and shows us crisp, HD images. VRE would recommend hiring one of our latest ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop’s to pair with your VR headset for the ultimate immersive experience. Utilising the latest GTX graphics card from GeForce, the graphics are some of the best available and the whole experience is like nothing you will have ever experienced before. VRE definitely recommend using the Oculus Rift to showcase games, movies, brands and much more.


Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear differs when it comes to VR as it is powered by your smartphone. This cost effective solution is light and wireless, so you don’t have to be attached to a PC or console. It works by slotting the phone into the front of the headset and using the compatible apps to go with it. VRE is committed to making sure your virtual experience always runs smoothly and if you’re unsure how to setup the device we can provide onsite technical support and training.


Google Cardboard

Virtual Reality enables users to explore our senses in a completely new and unique way. When immersed in VR, two particular senses are stimulated: sight and sound. This creates the feeling that you are actually in a different environment. You can visit countries you have always dreamed of visiting, see landmarks and architecture you might never get the chance to visit, be standing next to a vicious wild animal with no treats and even walk around the world of a game we have previously enjoyed. Essentially you can put the headset on and truly feel like you are anywhere, in or out of this world.

VRE believe that Google Cardboard will develop into one of the most popular used VR products at events due to the low cost and the fact you can design the product with your own branding. It is made from cardboard, Velcro, an elastic band, a magnet and focal distance lenses which enable us to step into a virtual world using only your smart phone. Simply slot your smartphone into the product at an optimal viewing distance and use the compatible applications for your viewing experience. VRE is amazed at the cost effective product from Google which allows anyone to experience virtual reality.

Usually VR headsets are large technical devices, which is why Google Cardboard is so unique. Being made up from only a piece of cardboard it can turn any smartphone into a new, virtual world. Google Cardboard uses a variety of apps such as games and video apps. You can even use street maps to walk through your favourite cities or watch 360° videos on YouTube.