Let me preface this article by saying that I’m a little biased when it comes to VR. I’ve been a part of the VR community since the original Oculus Rift developer kit. With that in mind, I want to talk to you about the best VR sets on the market right now.
After all, just because the VR market is still developing, doesn’t mean there aren’t dozens of VR sets on the market, some decent and some garbage-tier.
This list won’t be a comprehensive review on the sets shown, and I won’t be showing any of those VR headsets meant for your phone. No, I’ll be focusing on VR headsets you can game on, AKA ones you can connect to your PC/console.
So, without further ado, let’s start the list!
The Oculus Quest
Let’s kickstart the list by talking about the most mainstream-friendly VR headset out of the bunch, the Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest can play most of the games that the regular headsets can, but you don’t need a separate PC to run the Quest, as it’s powered by internal components.
Because of this, the games won’t run as well as they would on a tethered headset, but the Quest is great as a portable, mainstream option. Plus, you get to avoid a mess of cables!
However, if you don’t mind cables and want the best performance possible, then I recommend the Oculus Rift S.
The Oculus Rift S
The Oculus Rift S is similar to the Oculus Quest in every way except functionality, since the Rift S requires the user to own a high-end PC to run VR games. But in exchange for the wireless capabilities, you get a higher resolution, sharper graphics, higher framerates, and better tracking.
Plus, the Rift S is cheaper than the Oculus Quest, so if you have a high-end gaming PC, then I highly recommend choosing the Rift S over the Quest.
Ok, but what if you want the best of the best? You want a VR experience uncontested by anything else, letting you experience the worlds of VR in the best way possible? Then I recommend to you, the Valve Index.
The Valve Index
Valve’s lied dormant for years, so when they announced the Valve Index, people were surprised. What people were more surprised by, however, was that the Valve Index exceeded expectations set by every reviewer, and set itself apart from every other headset by being the best in everything.
The controllers are ergonomic, the headset has the highest resolution displays of any headset, the FOV is the largest of any headset, etc. There’s no downside to buying the Index…except price.
While the Oculus headsets range from $400-600, the Valve Index costs $1,000 for the full package (headset, controllers, and base stations). If you’re willing to splurge a bit, however, you’ll find yourself with the best headset money can buy.
What if you’re a console gamer, though? Is there anything for you then? Unfortunately, Xbox users are left wanting, but PS4 users can use PlayStation VR.
The PlayStation VR package doesn’t cost much ($200-$300), and with it you get access to a plethora of VR games. Whether you want be Batman taking down bad guys, or a man wielding two lightsabers, cutting down boxes to a beat, you’re sure to find fun with a PlayStation VR set.
However, the PSVR is limited in graphic fidelity, since it’s pretty old at this point, and Sony has yet to release a refresh.
Virtual Reality is a market full of potential, and the headsets I’ve listed out today help you find some of that potential. I own the Rift S and love it, so I’m a bit biased towards that one!
There are plenty of VR online games as well, so be sure to pick up a decent gaming VPN to keep yourself safe during these games. Other than that, have fun with your new VR headset!