Best VR Headsets

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Virtual reality is the latest trend to sweep across the gaming industry. While VR headsets are mostly used to play video games, you can also watch videos, tour museums, and enjoy historical recreations that all make it feel like you're actually there.

Now that there is an abundance of VR platforms to choose from, there has never been a better time to jump into the wild world of virtual reality.

Here are the top nine best VR headsets that you can go out and buy in 2020:

Oculus Quest All-in-one

Oculus has consistently delivered some of the best VR experiences on the market since they were founded back in 2012. The Quest is their latest attempt at bringing virtual reality into homes across the globe.

Oculus Quest All-in-one

The key difference between the Quest and most other VR efforts is the ability to enjoy software right out of the box. You don't need to pair this bundle with a PC, smartphone, or game console. The package includes everything you need to set up and play just about anywhere.

The headset is completely wireless, which significantly reduces the headache of setting up a VR play space. There aren't even any external sensors to worry about. You can draw the boundaries of your play area with the included touch controllers. Once a safe perimeter is set up, the headset uses four cameras to track your movements.

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Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 64GB

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The Quest features an OLED display that outputs a 2880×1660 resolution. The refresh rate is 72 Hz, which is actually lower than several other headsets on this list. However, the picture remains smooth even during demanding gameplay encounters. The wireless headset has a battery life of 2-3 hours depending on the intensity of the software being run. This is more than enough to get a satisfying gaming session, provided you charge the Quest after each use.

Overall, Oculus Quest is an excellent choice for VR entertainment. It eliminates the long and cumbersome setup that plagues many other headsets. It also provides a fun and immersive experience for hours on end.


PROS:

  • Entirely wireless configuration
  • Access to exclusive Oculus Apps
  • Can connect to a PC for even more gaming fun

CONS:

  • Many experimental features are still at an unstable beta stage


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HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

The HTC Vive is one of the best VR headsets for gamers who love to obsess over top of the line graphics. The impressive 2160 x 1200 resolution provides eye-popping visual fidelity. It also features a swift 90 Hz refresh rate. This makes it an excellent choice for games that demand quick reflexes and twitch gameplay.

HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

HTC has partnered with Steam VR to deliver over 1500 compatible games. Anyone with a massive steam library will no doubt have platy of things to try right out of the box. You also get a six-month subscription to VIVEPORT Infinity. This service allows you to play around with over 700 games and apps. Half a year is plenty of time to try out everything that piques your interest.

To start playing, you can set up an 11'5″ x 11'5″ space with the help of a few sensors. The Vive uses an innovative chaperone system to warn you whenever you get too close to the boundaries of your play area. You can also quickly toggle the headset's front-facing camera in a pinch. This allows you to briefly see the real world in case of any emergencies. You can rest assured that you are completely safe when diving headfirst into the world of VR.

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HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

Last update was on: August 4, 2020 1:47 am
$900.00

Fans of 360-degree video will also get a kick out of the Vive. You can download the VIVE video app for free with a VIVEPORT subscription. The app provides a cinematic VR player that is very easy to control. It is easy to get the exact angle you want when viewing immersive content. If you aren't turned off by the higher price point, the HTC Vive provides some of the best VR experiences on the market.


PROS:

  • Beautiful visual display
  • Compatible with many accessories and upgrades
  • Gives you six-months of free access to a library of titles

CONS:

  • Very expensive compared to many other VR devices


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Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

The Oculus Go is a hybrid device that works without any additional hardware. The best way to describe it is a mix between the Oculus Quest and a phone-enabled VR headset like the DESTEK V5. After the initial setup, you can take the Go just about anywhere. Everything you need to play is built into the headset itself.

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

The headset is incredibly comfortable, and you won't even notice it is attached to your face after a while. This really helps bring the immersion to the next level during lengthy gameplay binges. The speakers produce spatial audio that invokes a 3D effect during video playback. The HD display provides great image quality considering just how close it sits in front of your eyes. There is a small screen door effect, but it is way less pronounced than other headsets with this issue.

Since the hardware is completely standalone, you have a choice between 32 GB and 64GB of storage. If you want to hold onto a sizeable library of games and videos, then going for all 64 GB is the only way to go. The included controller provides excellent support for both gaming and browsing for what to watch. The amount of compatible apps is truly staggering. There is more than enough content to keep anyone satisfied for a long time.

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Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset - 64GB

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$314.99

In many ways, the Oculus Go is the easiest way to try out VR. You don't need any additional hardware, and the device itself is fairly inexpensive. Anyone on the fence about VR should definitely consider it.


PROS:

  • Extremely comfortable design
  • Easy to set up and no accessories to worry about
  • Compatible with hundreds of unique games and apps

CONS:

  • Only has two hours of battery life
  • Limited storage capacity that can't be expanded


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Sony PlayStation VR

Playstation VR is a highly unique offering. It currently only works in conjunction with either a PS4 or PS4 Pro console. It was also confirmed by Sony to work with the PS5 when it launches this holiday season. If you're a member of the Playstation faithful, then this is an excellent way to dabble in virtual reality.

Sony PlayStation VR

Of all the proprietary gaming VR headsets, the PlayStation VR has some of the lowest specs. The screen resolution displays at 1920 x 1080. It has a variable refresh rate that fluctuates between 90-120 Hz depending on the software being played. The field of view extends to 100 degrees in front of you. In some titles, the low resolution and high pixel density can lead to a screen door effect. This may be a dealbreaker for hardcore VR enthusiasts.

However, the Sony Playstation VR has a cavalcade of exclusive games that are a blast to play. In addition to the headset, some of these titles require a set of Playstation Move controllers and a camera to track them. Luckily, Sony offers plenty of bundles that include these accessories and even some games to boot. Otherwise, the standard PS4 controller is used for a majority of the games.

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Sony PlayStation VR

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$244.98

The headset itself is extremely comfortable to wear during long play sessions. Many other VR devices require periodic breaks due to how unpleasant they feel when strapped to your face. The PlayStation VR provides enough room that people with glasses can play without needing to take them off.


PROS:

  • Immense library of exclusive games
  • Very comfortable and easy to wear
  • Already confirmed to work with the upcoming PS5

CONS:

  • The low resolution can produce a screen-door effect
  • Tracking can lose responsiveness periodically


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Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset

The Oculus Rift S is an impressive piece of tech. While it does require a PC to function, it offers a low barrier of entry for those looking to try VR for the first time. There are no sensors required to track your movements. The Rift S uses inside-out tracking to let you freely explore any space where you have enough room.

Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset

This does require a bit of setup to ensure the safety of yourself and the environment around you. Since you can go anywhere, you need to be mindful of objects in your room. The last thing you want is to accidentally ruin the PC you are playing on. The Oculus touch controllers help you achieve just that. You can draw the perimeter of a safe space to play in before the headset obscures your vision. This helps inform the boundaries of any experience you engage in.

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Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset

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$398.00 $399.00

The screen resolution clocks in at 2560×1440. Many game worlds come alive with stunning detail at this display quality. The refresh rate is 80 Hz, which keeps gameplay running smoothly. A higher framerate also makes this a great VR headset for people with motion sickness. You won't have to deal with any nausea-inducing stuttering during longer gameplay sessions.

If you already have a gaming PC, then the Rift S is a great introduction to VR. It offers a wide range of immersive experiences for a very reasonable price.


PROS:

  • Accurate movement tracking with no sensors required
  • Exclusive access to the Oculus App Store

CONS:

  • No wireless options to speak of


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Samsung HMD Odyssey

The HMD Odyssey by Samsung is actually known as a mixed reality headset. This means that the device combines both virtual and augmented reality into one complete package. Despite the AR compatibility, Samsung put a much stranger emphasis on VR when designing the hardware.

Samsung HMD Odyssey

The dual AMOLED displays combine to output a resolution of 2880 x 1660. The field of view encompasses a full 110-degree angle in front of your face. To top it all off, the 90 Hz resolution keeps games running at a decent clip. This allows you to play a vast majority of Steam VR games without a hitch.

The headset utilizes inside-out tracking to record each of your movements. Like the other devices using this technology, you won't need to install any sensors to start playing. All you need is a PC and enough room to safely move around in. The motion tracking is very accurate and most in-game tasks can be completed with ease. The only downside is the hardware's durability. The controllers don't feel nearly as solid as some of the competition. The headset can also grow uncomfortable during prolonged sessions.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality Headset with 2 Wireless Controllers 3.5"...

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$680.00

That being said, the HMD Odyssey still provides a great value for the price. You get tons of functionality and a beautiful display that serves as eye candy for anyone seeing VR for the first time.


PROS:

  • No sensors are needed in order to play
  • The AMOLED screens are incredible
  • A very reasonable price point

CONS:

  • Controller quality is less than desirable
  • Can grow uncomfortable after a long session


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Avegant Glyph AG101 VR Video Headsets

The Glyph takes an entirely different approach to virtual reality. It uses an HDMI adaptor to plug into any device with this functionality. You can plug it into a game console, a PC, a TV, or your HDMI compatible phone. Essentially, the Glyph acts as a larger screen for any device you hook it up to. It can even be used as a camera for your drone.

Avegant Glyph AG101 VR Video Headsets

The 720p display manages to look great when up close and personal. The interesting thing is that the display isn't a screen in the traditional sense. The Glyph uses two million tiny mirrors to bounce light directly into your eyeball. It simulates the way that the sun illuminates the world around us. While the jury is out on how good this technology is for your eye health, it is certainly quite impressive to behold. It looks crisp compared to many other VR headsets, and there is absolutely no screen door effect to speak of.

If you need to pay attention to your surroundings, you can simply look above or below the display band. The band is skinny enough to allow for quick glances at the environment. The headset itself is extremely lightweight and comfy to use. This makes the Glyph highly portable when paired with a mobile device.

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Avegant Glyph AG101 VR Video Headsets

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If you're looking for a fun way to pass the time while doing chores, then you will find tons of value in the Glyph. Just don't expect it to completely replace your TV or computer monitor.


PROS:

  • The display looks absolutely stunning
  • Works with every HDMI compatible electronic device
  • It is easy to remain aware of your environment

CONS:

  • There is no data that proves this technology is safe for your eyes


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Best VR Headsets by Price

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Tyler Horvath is the founder of Gear Surfer and an avid gear lover. He has been reviewing gear for over a decade.

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