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What parents should know about the VR gear kids want

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Virtual reality headsets range from inexpensive Cardboard to pricey PlayStation Here are your options if you want to dip your toe in or really swim with the VR big fish. Thinking about treating your family to a little virtual reality this holiday? Have no idea where to start? Don’t worry.

From Google’s inexpensive Cardboard VR viewer to Sony’s new PlayStation VR, this guide will help you determine what makes sense for your family’s interests, needs, and budget. Here are your options if you want to dip your toe in the water, wade knee-deep, or really swim with the VR big fish.

Keep in mind, virtual reality is a quickly changing technology, so always check out the companies’ websites, professional reviews on sites like CNET, and user reviews before you take the leap.

Virtual reality viewers are inexpensive, handheld devices that offer three-dimensional views and the feeling of being in a different place. The viewers’ lenses work by extending the depth of static images or animation but do not allow you to interact with your environment. To use them, download any app labeled “VR” in either iTunes or Google Play, launch the app, and insert your smartphone into the viewer. Most viewers use your phone’s button or another essential input to control the action.

Key features

• Inexpensive

• Compatible with most smartphones and iOS or Android apps labeled “VR” (except for the View-Master, which uses specially designed apps)

• More like a 3D movie than true VR

• Best for educational content and games

• Selection of high-quality apps is currently somewhat limited. Try the New York Times’ VR Virtual Reality Stories and these recommendations.

Products in this category

• Google Cardboard ($14.99)

Literally made of Cardboard, this handheld device that you put together is a fun, novel way of experiencing virtual reality. Use with any smartphone and iOS or Android VR apps. Google offers many different viewers, including the steampunk-looking Google Tech C-1 Glass VR Viewer ($14.99).

Gemma Broadhurst
Gemma Broadhurst is a 23-year-old computing student who enjoys extreme ironing, hockey and duck herding. She is kind and entertaining, but can also be very standoffish and a bit evil.She is an Australian Christian. She is currently at college. studying computing. She is allergic to milk. She has a severe phobia of chickens

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