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The smartphone space has been plateauing for a while, canada goose black friday sale technologically speaking, and with everyone jumping onboard the VR bandwagon, this could soon be a trend. However, this isn’t exactly a practical solution. What if you wish to take a regular picture? The fisheye lens won’t let you do that. You could add another camera sensor to the front and back for regular photos but then we’re looking at a total of four sensors, which not only will drive up the cost but it would be very difficult to design an ergonomic phone.

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Gaming on the other hand is the perfect platform for a 360 degree experience since it’s more of a single person activity. That’s why Sony’s PlayStation VR seems poised to get a much better head start as compared to HTC’s Vive and the Oculus Rift, simply because many of us already have the delivery Canada Goose Parka platform (the PlayStation 4) cheap Canada Goose unlike the other two, which require you to build a pretty expensive PC in order to work. Once again, it will be gaming that will drive VR in the initial stages and maybe later as well, while video will most likely be a nice addition to have but won’t be the reason you buy a VR headset.

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