The VR accessories have been around for quite some time and although they are not really that necessary but most of them are really interesting and can only make the gameplay experience better. All the different VR accessories out there do promise to take the entire VR experience to a whole new level and even though they might be a little expensive, once you get hooked on to them, there is no looking back.
There are a few accessories which can be termed as necessary accessories in a few cases but most of them are just going to give you an exciting experience and make if the gameplay different and interesting. A few of the accessories like the case, eye mask or the microfiber cloth can be considered as important and you might want to get it right away if you do not have one. SO without any further ado, let’s look at the 10 Best VR Accessories-
1. Virtuix Omni Package
This is one of the most expensive and innovative VR accessories among all the others mentioned in the list. Virtuix Omni is a treadmill where it replicates your movements in the Virtual World. This solves a major problem with the VR headsets and that being making your experience completely immersive.
Your movements in real life being replicated completely in the VR world would possibly be the only shortcoming of the Oculus Rift, but with this accessory, you would easily overcome that and make the gameplay more realistic. However, it is priced at $699 which is a lot just for a VR accessory which would be for your personal use, although it would be better to pool in for such accessories which are as expensive as the VR headset itself.
Isn’t the Virtuix Omni a cool device making the entire VR experience more immersive?
Even if you are having no plans buying it, you can be sure that this device is definitely going to change gaming in VR with full 360-degree immersive gameplay and an excellent gameplay experience.
2. SubPac M2
This is one of the not essential add-ons to your Rift but it is definitely one of the most interesting add-ons that you can ask for. The SubPac M2 will give you more immersive gameplay in VR y providing really high audio quality and submerging you into the VR world. It is like strapping an audio system to your back and letting you enjoy all the audio details of the VR world.
From a gunshot to an air breeze in the VR world, the SubPac M2 will give you the most detailed and high audio quality. It provides a unique dimension to gaming and multiplies the effectiveness of the Virtual Reality for your high-end Oculus Rift. You can even place it over your gaming chair or wear it to feel the difference in the gameplay.
It would have been a must have accessory if it was not as expensive as it is, however you can check ou the amazon reviews and let us know in the comment section what do you think about the SubPac M2.
3. Samsung Gear VR Cooling Fan
Overheating of the phone while using Gear VR is one of the major issues that you come across while using the VR headset for really long time. After using various techniques and applying all DIY’s possible, there is finally a Cooling fan available on amazon which will help you use the Gear VR for longer periods of time without removing the phone again and again and waiting for it to cool down before you can use it with the Gear VR.
However, this fan can only be used with the Gear VR- 2015 edition and not with the new one which is the complete blue and black colored one and a 2016 edition. If you are using the 2016 edition Gear VR, then try using the cooling pads which would help your game longer. The cooling pads are light in weight and them won’t add up to the weight of the Gear VR on your face.
The fan is easily available on Amazon and the fan produces minimum noise hence not ruining the immersive experience that is provided by the Gear VR headset. This is the best way to overcome the overheating issues on the Gear VR. This VR accessory is only for the Gear VR headset and in the case you own another mobile VR headset then do read the methods on combating overheating issues in smartphone-based VR headsets.
4. Leap Motion Controller
Leap Motion Controller helps in tracking your hand movements in the Virtual Reality world. It is one of the best ways to get some hand tracking possible with the VR headsets. However, we do have the Vive and touch controllers for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift respectively but they do not offer precise finger tracking. It is an amazing add-on if you want a more precise tracking system in your VR world.
You can mount the Leap Motion controller right in front of your VR headset which will help it pick up your hand gestures more accurately helping you to replicate them in the VR world. Leap Motion controller is really amazing to pair it up with your Oculus Rift and once you use it, you are going to get hooked on it since it makes the entire VR experience immersive.
This hand tracking controller can be used with the PC VR headsets giving you an amazing hand tracking system. The Leap Motion controller can even be used with the new Gear VR.
The Gear VR takes you to a VR world where the experience is immersive making the audio quality a really important factor. For the same reason, you might want to keep a separate headphone for the VR headset because having a great audio quality improves the immersive experience and enhances the gameplay quality.
The headphones that come with the Samsung compatible phone can be used with the Gear VR but it is better to invest in good quality headphones which will help you have a better gameplay experience. I usually throw my headphones as soon as I reach home and I’m pretty careless when it comes to their maintenance. So I keep a separate headphone(better in quality and more expensive, LOL) one for my VR headsets.
If I used the earphones which I generally use with my phone then I will be deaf from one ear in the VR world(the problem where one of the sides of your earphone dies and you are left with only the other side working), LOL. Investing in a headphone worked for me and if you want to invest in one as well then try looking at your options on Amazon and make sure to use it exclusively with the VR headset.
6. VR headset Case
Another way of maintaining your VR headset is by storing it in a case. From my personal experiences, I can ensure that keeping things safely inside a dust bag or a case really helps you in maintaining their quality over time. If you store the Rift/Vive/Gear VR in a case then even in the case that you drop the case or accidently spill something over it, your VR headset is going to stay intact. I have dropped it a couple of times and that is when I thought of buying a case for it.
This case is pretty spacious and you could even store in your touch and the gaming controller that you use with the VR headset. Since buying a VR headset is quite an investment, having a case that would keep all the essentials in place is something every VR headset owner should consider.
It comes with sections inside the case for easy storage of all the things related to your VR headset. This case is very useful for storing the headset and helps maintain it without causing any damage to any of the important attachments that come along with the headset.
7. Samsung Gear 360
If you want to make your own videos and watch them in VR then the Samsung Gear 360 is one of the best options. You can easily record 360 videos and then, later on, edit the videos in your laptop and put them on your phone and watch it with your Samsung Gear VR.
If you are on a vacation then do remember to take this along with you and record as many beautiful videos as you can. Later, you could edit them and create a compilation of all the places you have visited and watch it in VR. It is going to be a new way to re-live your holidays and watch the clips in VR.
Do remember to take a micro SD card without which it will be useless. I think many people realize the importance of taking the micro SD card after they come back from a holiday thinking they have all the videos captured but it reality there is no memory card, LOL. Don’t ruin your experiences that way and do remember to take all the needed items with you.
8. Eye Mask
When it comes to the PC VR headsets like the Rift or the HTC Vive, the eye mask becomes essential due to the prolong periods of gameplay. In the case of smartphone VR headsets, the content is relatively of smaller time durations as compared to the titles that we commonly see on the PC VR headsets.
The sweat that accumulates at the corners of the VR headset is just annoying and if someone else plans to use the VR headset then it is simply unhygienic. The eye mask comes in handy when you have to share the VR headset with your friends and you really it to be sanitary without handing them moist padding on the VR headset.
It is quite important that you keep these eye masks handy at all time since there are a couple of VR titles that are time-consuming games which are definitely going to make you sweat inside that VR headset.
9. Gaming Controllers
In the case of the Oculus Rift, it can be the touch controllers and in the case of smartphone VR headset it could be a gamepad, but having a controller is essential if you plan on gaming for a really long time. The experience you would have used a gaming controller can never be the same without one.
For the Oculus Rift, we have the touch controllers that help you have an immersive gameplay and the Vive comes bundled with its controllers. The PlayStation VR has the PlayStation Move controllers that would help you with the gameplay and in the case of mobile VR headsets you could go for the GameSir G3s.
For a smartphone-based VR headset, a gaming controller had to be on the top of the list. It is mainly used so that you can have a better gaming experience. Using the touchpad on the Gear VR is fine for the first few minutes, later it just becomes painful to keep your hand at the corner of the headset and fight your enemies. The experience is just painful if it is a multiplayer first person shooting game.
A gaming controller can be a good investment and it is not necessary that you buy an expensive gaming controller, even the cheaper ones work just fine. Best Controllers for the Samsung Gear VR that is recommended are the SteelSeries, GameSir G3s, and the Moga series. These controllers range from the most expensive to the affordable ones and the investment on a controller totally depends on your needs.
I use the GameSir G3s but have observed that even the Moga controllers work perfectly fine with the Gear VR. All three controllers mentioned are Bluetooth Controllers so they are completely wireless and all you need to do is sync them with your Samsung phones.
This was a complied list of all the important accessories that you might find useful with your smartphone-based VR headset and PC VR headsets. In the case, you have any further questions, leave them in the comment section below.
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