Virtual Reality headsets offer an alternative experience in a digital world. And below are the best VR headsets that you can buy right now:
5. Samsung Gear VR, $139
The Samsung Gear Virtual Reality headset may not be the most powerful VR on this list but it sure is one of the cheapest. The Samsung Gear VR is a lightweight gadget that uses your mobile phone as a display. You can even pair it with a motion controller like other VR headsets for a more immersive experience.
This is a great entry-level VR headset as it offers comfort and convenience along with a really great price. The new Samsung Gear VR retails at $139. This comes included with the newly updated headset and the motion controller. It’s a great device to experience VR and see if it’s something that you would enjoy.
4. Valve Index, $920
The Valve Index is personally my favorite of all the VR headsets being showcased on this list. It has a high refresh rate 120 Hz display. It has very accurate and smooth finger tracking controllers. However, the Valve Index is a PC tethered VR system, meaning that you need to connect the VR headset to a PC for it to work.
The reason this is my #1 is down to Valve’s Steam store, which is packed with a variety of VR content that truly shows what VR is all about. However, the Valve index is considerably more expensive than its counterparts like the Oculus. The Valve Index will set you back $920.
3. Sony PlayStation VR, $230
We can’t talk about gaming and virtual reality without talking about Sony. The first-generation Sony PlayStation VR was released back in 2016. But the specifications on the new Sony PlayStation VR really make it an exciting VR product..
The headset will feature a higher-resolution OLED that will offer 2000 x 2040 pixels per eye, with an improved 110-degree field of view. The original Sony PlayStation VR is compatible with both PS4 and PS5. The next-generation Sony PS VR will have improved functionality like adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and touch-sensitive buttons and it will even be able to detect the distance between your fingers and the device.
The first-generation PS VR has an MSRP of $230. Which is a decent price to pay for an immersive VR experience.
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2. HTC Vive Pro 2, $799
The HTC Vive Pro is a hard-hitting beast and doesn’t hold back any punches. It has a 5K 120 Hz display and arguably has the best and sharpest VR experience on the market. The headset has a nice ergonomic design, making sure you don’t get tired from a long gaming session.
The HTC Vive Pro has a 120-degree field of view. The only complaint users have of the HTC Vive Pro 2 is that it is still using old generation controllers. But those can easily be replaced with Valve index controllers if you want. The HTC Vive Pro 2 is one of the more expensive VR headsets, starting at $799. But with these specifications, the price is worth it.
1. Oculus Quest 2
Oculus is the company that basically started the whole Virtual Reality business as a Kickstarter. Now they are owned by Facebook. And it seems Oculus still tops popularity when it comes to VR enthusiasts.
The Oculus Quest 2 comes with a modest 90 Hz display and a 1,832 x 1,920 (per eye) display. It may not be as high as the more expensive HTC Vive Pro and Valve Index, but it does the job well.
The reason Oculus Quest 2 makes it top of the list is that it offers great value for the price. The price for Oculus Quest 2 starts at $299. This is $100 less than the original quest and offers considerably more performance and features.
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