The Oculus Rift has taken the games industry by storm this year and introduced a whole new level of immersion to our gaming experiences. However for some the $300 price tag for this hefty headgear seemed a little too steep so they decided to craft their own glorious creations. Here’s our top 5 homemade VR helmets.
The V*Reality 1993
Now what’s even more impressive is that this bad boy pre-dates the Oculus Rift by almost 2 decades, being crafted by YouTuber Triggeron in 1993! The virtual reality obsessed inventor modified a Sony Watchman and a VCR control panel, slapped it together with some wires, fishing line and a gardening glove to create a VR helmet that would probably rival the Oculus Rift of its day. It even had motion control!
The McVirtual Boy
Crafted out of cardboard, a Wiimote, a mobile phone and a McDonalds hat, this may not be the best VR headset out there, but you know it’s the most stylish! The use of the Wiimote Motion Plus combined with some software allows the wearer to use their head to look-around the environment, much like the Oculus Rift. This VR helmet is definitely the PowerGlove of the 2010s!
VR headset inventor SIXEIGHTTWO has taken the proper bloke approach to his VR headset and used the almighty power of duct tape as the crux of his creation. Need some headgear? Let’s use this old bike helmet I found in my garage! The shade? A Walls ice cream tub! This beauty is the sort of VR helmet you’d find being sold out of the back of a van at your local market. Luvvly jubbly!
The Isaac Clarke
Need a VR helmet that not only allows you play video games with an increased level of immersion, but also allows you to plasma weld during the working week? Look for further than this homemade head mounted display from creator Airons1972. Probably the tidiest looking entry on our list, the welding mask holds everything together nicely and the whole kit only cost £100! Not suitable for necromorphs.
Honestly, aside from the mouse taped to his forehead, I have no idea what this VR helmet consists of. All I know is that it’s bloody brilliant, the latency looks great and the only real downside is having to have a mouse stuck to your noggin. Top marks for 2006!