Virtual Reality is an immersive technology that allows a person to submerge into a virtual environment where a person can interact with digital objects and experience a sense of simulation.
Industries in different sectors are accepting virtual reality and using it for various functions like employee training, R&D, and product promotion.
Using a VR headset a person can experience the immersive technology of virtual reality.
Resolution and quality are the cardinal aspects that affect the quality of Virtual Reality experience. Different VR headsets provide a different sense of simulation due to their individual visual quality.
While better VR headsets provide a better immersive experience, these top-notch headsets are quite expensive. Also, many virtual headsets only work well with computers with high processing power and advanced graphical brilliance.
It is better to buy a VR headset according to your financial budget. Many companies around the world are indulged in the production of VR headsets.
Most of the high-specs headsets need a computer system to be accessed. However, there are various standalone headsets that don’t require computer compatibility and some headsets can be accessed using smartphones.
In this blog, we will explore some popular VR headsets along with their features, price, and compatibility. Continue reading to find a high-quality and affordable headset that you think is suitable for you.
- HTC Vive:
It is indisputably one of the best VR headsets that offer a high level of immersion and VR experience to its users compared to other VR headsets. Its incorporated motion controller provides a spectacular engaging experience and offers better interactivity.
- 110° field of view
- Two 1080p screens
- Lighthouse base station
- Give access to more than 1,500 games
- Resolution: 2160*1200 pixels
- Two motion controller included
- Integrated room-scale feature
HTC Vive offers a room-scale feature that allows a person to roam around a room of 4.5*4.5 meter. This creates a whole VR-room experience for the users. However, a person must enough space in his room to enjoy this feature.
- Oculus Rift:
Oculus Rift is one of the most comfortable headsets among the list. Its DASH feature allows a person to link its personal computer and the headset. He can then access the interface content of Oculus and his desktop applications through a flat window which appears in the virtual world.
- Resolution: 1080*1200 pixels
- Two PenTile OLED displays
- 110° field of view
- DASH feature included
- Integrated headphones
- Interactive UI
- Two motion controller included-Oculus Touch
Oculus Rift with its integrated headphones offers a 3D sound effect and imparts an extraordinary VR experience. However, the system requirement for Oculus Rift is a bit more than HTC Vive.
- Samsung Gear VR:
Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus is the best mobile supported VR headset. This mobile VR headset holds the largest collection of applications than any other mobile VR headset in the market.
- Easy to use touch pad and trigger button
- Great user experience
- 101ͮ° field of view
- Built-in accelerometer and gyro sensor
This headset offers a cost-effective virtual experience. However, it only supports the Galaxy series of Samsung. Since the Galaxy series include various smartphones, the experience a person gains from each individual smartphone is different.
But still, Samsung Gear VR is the best mobile VR headset that perfectly aligns the virtual content on the mobile display with the head movement.
- Google daydream view:
Compatibility: Android phone
Google daydream view is the VR headset currently available for only 10 mobile phones and offers various VR apps and 360° virtual reality experience. It is very comfortable to wear and is one of the best VR headsets for Android users.
- 100° field of view
- In-built earphones
- Comfortable and cheaper
- Easy to and fro navigation
- Works with best Android phones
The design of Google daydream is somewhat similar to that of Gear VR; however, it is a good option if you hold a smartphone other than a Galaxy. Currently, it is compatible with only 10 smartphones and does not offer a high level of immersion or virtual experience.
But, its cheap price makes it worth the money.
- HTC Vive Pro:
Currently, it is the most expensive VR headset in the market. It covers all the features of its previous version HTC Vive. However, it offers a better screen resolution, sound quality, and has 24% more face gasket surface area to maximize user comfort.
Key Features: Pretty much similar to HTC Vive except:
- 3D spatial audio
- Resolution: 2880*1600 pixels
- More comfortable
- 78% increase in dots per inch
- Built-in headphones
While HTC Vive Pro offers better immersion, its expensive price makes it less favorable for various customers. Also, hand controllers and sensors are needed to be purchased separately.
Setting up this VR headset is also a challenge as it requires high-spec and fully updated PC configurations. But, if you are ready to spend money then HTC Vive Pro has no competition.
- Sony PlayStation VR:
Since it is made by one of the best video game and video game Console Company, the PlayStation VR offers a unique user experience and offers a collection of games. It also deletes the need to buy a high spec PC for the headset as it connects directly with a PS4.
- Resolution: 1920*1080 pixels
- 100° field of view
- Full-color OLED RGB display
- Compatible with PS controllers
- Offers a wide range of games
The hand controllers, PS camera, and other accessories of the PS VR come in a separate bundle. But, it allows other people to witness the whole gaming sequence on television while a person is playing a game using PSVR. This makes it suitable for multiplayer gaming.
PlayStation VR is the best option for a hardcore gamer who wants to enhance its gaming experience using virtual reality.
- Oculus GO:
Price: $199 for 32 GB and $249 for 64 GB
Oculus Go is the only standalone virtual reality headset that was able to make it to this list. Oculus Go offers access to more than a 1,000 VR apps, games, and other VR experiences without the need to connect or tether it with an expensive PC, video game console, or a mobile phone.
- Two storage options: 32GB and 64GB
- Resolution: 2560*1440 pixels
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor
- 101° field of view
- Give 2 hours of gaming experience at full charge
Due to integrated processors, battery, and other accessories, Oculus Go fits heavy on the face and light leaks from its bottom portion. Also, the battery to charge ration is poor. However, the quality of the immersion is impeccable and better than most of the mobile VR headsets.
Soon Oculus will launch its new Standalone VR headset Oculus Quest which will probably improve the issues found in Oculus Go and provide a better VR experience to its users.
- Google Cardboard:
Compatibility: Android and iPhones
Google Cardboard allows a person to experience virtual reality in a very easy and cheap way. All you need to do is assemble the cardboard headset and slide in your smartphone to immerse in a virtual environment.
- Literally made of cardboard
- Display varies according to the mobile phone
- Cheapest VR headset
Given the cost of this VR headset, it is not a wonder that the quality it offers is not in any comparison to other discussed VR headsets, but it still is a good device to experience the basics of virtual reality.
There may be issues regarding phone adjustment but it is still a fun and inexpensive way to turn any Android or iPhone into a virtual reality display.
Currently, there are many VR headsets available in the market. Understand your needs that you want to fulfill using virtual reality and go through individual features of different VR headsets. Also, check their compatibility with different electronic devices before finalizing and buying your ideal virtual reality headset.