As technology is continually getting more advanced day by day, we are starting to see the gaming world open up with not only how well games can perform, but also in how we play them. A great example of this is the introduction of VR headsets to gaming which has completely revolutionized the industry. It is by far the most immersive gaming experience available, and it will only grow better with time.
Games for these platforms are increasing exponentially, so this is as good a time as ever for players to get into VR. Especially with so many companies stepping onto the scene and coming out with their own VR headset, it can be confusing with which one you want to get started with. That’s why we made the choice easy for you by ranking the top five VR headsets with this list. So rest assured that whatever headset you pick off of this list, you will get an amazing VR experience.
5. Sony PlayStation VR
The majority of high-end VR headsets on the market are quite expensive. If you’re searching for something that won’t break your wallet but still delivers on quality, then the Sony PlayStation VR headset is a solid choice. Compared to its competition, the PlayStation VR headset is the most affordable option for gaming VR on the console. The headset itself comes with a processor box, a PlayStation camera to track movement, and two motion-tracking controllers that function similarly to Wii controllers.
The PlayStation VR has a very clean and curvature design that will light up with LEDs while in use. It definitely delivers aesthetically but also on the performance end. It sports a 120Hz refresh rate which is better than most headsets and offers some really smooth gameplay. The resolution can come across a bit grainy at times and isn’t as superior as its competition, however, it still holds up. If you are looking at getting into VR on PlayStation consoles, the PlayStation VR is a go-to choice.
4. HTC Vive Pro 2
If you are looking for the best picture quality then you can’t go wrong with the HTC Vive Pro 2. It is one of the newer VR headsets to come out and really pushes the boundaries on performance.
The HTC Vive rocks a 5k visual display that is strikingly impressive. On top of the amazing graphics, the headset delivers them at a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and a 120-degree field of view. So you’re not only getting amazing graphics but a very sharp and smooth display as well.
If you want to run the HTC Vive Pro 2 at these max settings, you will need a pretty high-end PC to support its output. It definitely is one of the more costly VR headsets on the market, but with that, you get matched with top-grade display quality.
3. HP Reverb G2
Sliding just past the HTC Vive Pro 2, is the HP Reverb G2, as it offers almost identical display quality but at a cheaper price. Built-in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft this VR headset pretty much crosses off all the boxes.
2160p resolution in each eye panel forms a very crisp and stunning display that doesn’t cause any screen tear. The built-in speakers have complete surround sound and spatial audio to help you feel even more immersed. And if that wasn’t enough the IPD adjustment also allows you to fit the width of the lenses for different eyes. This helps fit different eye distances and FOV so there isn’t any added stress for your eyes.
What really set’s this headset apart is that it is compatible with both PC and Playstation, giving you even more games to choose from. It is a little ironic that Microsoft collaborated on making the VR headset and for some reason is not compatible with the newer Xbox consoles. Regardless, the HP Reverb G2 really delivers in all areas for a VR headset.
2. Valve Index
Speaking of Valve, they have come out with their own VR headset with the Valve Index, which is state of the art. Its visual performance is equal to the HP Reverb G2 and the HTC Vive Pro 2 but succeeds in almost every other area. The Index controllers for example have per-finger tracking with the controller allowing you more control over your movement. On top of that, the headset is built with extremely plush and soft material, making it one of the most comfortable VR headsets out there.
The Valve Index does have built-in audio, however, the focus is on the near-field speakers. The immersive sound comes from the near-field speakers, and the situational audio is delivered directly through the built-in speakers. The built-in speakers don’t rest entirely on the ear and just hover next to it, which really takes the stress off of your ears.
Overall the Valve Index matches its display quality with the top VR headsets on the market but beats out it’s competition in comfort, audio, and controller design. The only downfall is that it is one of the most expensive VR headsets, understandably so.
1. Oculus Quest 2
The best overall VR headset is the Oculus Quest 2. One of the main reasons is, that you don’t need an external device like a PC or console to run the VR headset. You can connect it to a PC and further open up the number of games you can play, but is definitely not required as there’s already a boatload of games for the headset. It is also the most affordable VR headset on the market making it a must for anyone looking to get into VR but don’t own a gaming system.
The Oculus Quest 2 really is a great deal for any starter VR player. You are getting a similar display to the highest-end models, such as 120Hz refresh rate and 1832 x 1920 LCD display in both eye panels. What makes it even more enjoyable is that is the easiest VR headset to set up and use. You can get into the game within minutes of starting up the headset and don’t have to worry about all the extra confusion of setting up your display.
For what you are getting, especially with this price tag, the Oculus Quest 2 is really an all-in-one VR headset that is hands down the best option for any person starting out in VR.