As technology becomes a more integral part of our day to day lives, the virtual reality sector continues to evolve at a startling pace. These days there are some truly amazing VR headsets on the market that cater to every taste. Whether you’re a gamer or just somebody in it for the thrill of the ride, VR is an experience that’s unequalled in it’s sheer immersive enjoyment.
With that said, not all VR headsets are made equal, and certainly some of those available are much better than others. The good news is that there aren’t too many to choose from, so making a decision isn’t as hard as it could be. More accurately, choosing from the best VR headsets available is more about selecting a system that fits your needs.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best VR headsets on the market right now…
Oculus Rift S
Perhaps the biggest name in VR today, Oculus set the tone for the industry with their initial releases. These days the Rift S is the brand’s newest and premium headset offering, with many aficionados crowning it the best on the planet. The Facebook-owned company released the console back in May and since then it has performed impressively in the market. Oculus’ real advantage against its competitors is the fact that these headsets have more compatible games and applications than any other available. Overall, the Oculus Rift S is the best all round VR headset system on the market right now although, as we shall see, there is some stiff competition.
HTC Vive Pro
Perhaps the most expensive VR headset of them all, this offering from HTC is also one of the very best around. With excellent graphics and a respectable amount of games and apps available to download out of the box, the latest from HTC’s growing roster of VR offerings is an impressive one indeed. You are going to need a thick wallet to purchase the Vive Pro, as well as a powerful computer from which to run this cutting-edge VR technology.
The main benefit of this VR headset is the fact that it does not need to be connected to a computer like other top offerings. With a super high resolution LCD screen and speedy 72 Hz refresh rate, the Oculus Quest is able to compete with other high-end offerings in the sector regardless of the fact that it is a stand alone item.
Another big benefit of the Oculus Quest is the fact that it tracks users around the room, meaning you don’t have to stay in one place to use this cutting edge piece of technology. The new Oculus Quest headset comes ready to play, with many games available to download straight away. These include much-loved titles like Beat Saber, PokerStars VR and Superhot VR.
Sony Playstation VR
Sony’s first foray into VR might not be compatible with every single game in the impressive roster, but it’s a pretty impressive headset in its own right. Whilst not quite as visually impressive as other offerings on this list, the affordability of this VR headset make it a great all-round option.
Simple set up makes it possible to play the Sony Playstation VR headset really quickly, so there’s none of that annoying waiting around or set up nonsense. Games such as Resident Evil and Ace Combat are an extremely fun and high-octane VR ride that take you to convincingly intense alternate worlds right on your sofa. Keep an eye out for Sony’s next VR headset which is set to drop at some point in the next 12 months.
Samsung Gear VR
The cheapest entry on our list is the first foray into VR from Korean tech behemoth Samsung, and a mightily impressive first attempt it is too. Compatible with most modern Samsung phones, you simply plug the Gear VR into the phone and you are up and away. For such a simple system, there is an impressive number of games and apps available. With that said, the graphics capability of this VR headset pales in comparison to that of the best on the market.