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Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality

You are looking at one of the brightest aspects of the gaming world right now. The only issue is that you may not know what exactly you are looking at. What is virtual reality? What is augmented reality? How are they similar? How are they different? All questions that may arise when pondering the new ways of gaming. With companies like Oculus and HTC releasing some of the hottest new systems in the industry, you may have already caught wind of the craze that will soon take over the gaming business.

Augmented Reality

We already know the answer to our next question. Have you ever heard of Pokémon Go? Of course you have. Pokémon is the perfect example of what augmented reality is, and now you can see why it will be such a hit. It is the meet in the middle platform that keeps you in a semi-reality state. What this means is that there is a line between what is real and what is computer generated. Pokémon Go uses this technique by placing computer generated Pokémon on a real life map. From there, the animations are then displayed through your camera where you swipe a pokeball at them. You may not be completely immersing yourself into a foreign world, but this is a much simpler alternative that can go with you wherever you are. Along with just gaming, augmented reality is set to help you with everyday tasks in the near future. Informative graphics of buildings in front of you along with street information is featured with audio to even guide you in the direction you please. There may no longer need to be any previous research before heading out, because your augmented system could do the work for you.

Virtual Reality

Believe me when I say that there is a large difference between virtual reality and augmented reality. After being given the chance to experience the full immersion myself, I can attest to the fact that you’re in a completely new world in VR. Virtual Reality is by definition a completely computer-generated simulation or real life recreation of an environment or situation. Unlike augmented reality, it’s meant to be played like a console or desktop. Grab your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and set up shot for an evening because you’re not going to want to go anywhere. It doesn’t stop with just a headset and a demo. VR is beginning to offer compatible version of some of the industry’s most recognizable titles. Play Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Fall Out as if you were actually in the game along with additional accessories that we offer here at AVADirect! Enjoy complete mobility with an AVA Omni VR Desktop that complements the Virtuix Omni VR platform. This system gives you complete mobility so you feel as if you are hunting down your enemies or scoring the basketball yourself. Another accessory supported by AVA is the Sixense STEM system which gives you complete control with their completely censored movement system for accuracy and precision.


So, what can we gather from the two types of reality? Augmented reality and virtual reality are similar because they essentially use the same sort of extensive technology to bring us the most entertaining games and scenarios possible. Besides that, they don’t share much in common. Augmented reality is basically the middle man of the two platforms. It’s much cheaper, which shows an obvious benefit from the get go, but the whole VR experience can be lost in the mix. If you are looking for a mix of the real world, augmented reality is the way to go. On the other hand, virtual reality uses a much more stationary platform opposed to augmented, but tends to simulate the likes of the real world much better. So with each set of reality, remember what you are looking for in terms of experience, and that will guide you to your ultimate decision. Augmented for everyday life and virtual for the full experience.

Daniel Oswald

Howdy! Dan here. I love to laugh, sing in the shower, and dance like no one is watching. Blog writer extraordinaire and sushi fanatic.

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