How Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift compare
By Anand Ram
At technology shows like this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there’s a good chance an oddly shaped visor will be strapped to your head and pressed against your eyes in an effort to make your mouth drop wide open.
The virtual reality renaissance is already here. And for the budding VR industry, this year could mean the difference between winning or withering away.
Winning means convincing a lot of people — not just to smile or gasp or laugh, but to walk away with a readiness to spend money — perhaps hundreds of dollars — and bring that experience home.
Facebook, Google and Samsung are just a few of the big companies hoping to do that, at prices ranging from $20 to more than $800. But how do these experiences differ — and are they worth the price?