Considering the recent developments in technology, VR headsets are only going to get better in the coming years. Even today, with all these high-quality products available at such low prices, it can be hard to decide which model to choose. We’ve tested the best VR headsets of 2018, and today we’d like to take a look into our crystal ball and tell you how things are going to look by 2022.
The world of virtual reality has been percolating for decades, with ideas and prototypes emerging in the 90s and 00s. But it could only be truly defined as a real, consumer-ready product in 2016 when several factors coalesced to make the futuristic tech ready for primetime. A few years on, we’ve had plenty of time to figure out what the best VR headset is, which we’ll present here.
Oculus Quest 2
This is a standalone VR headset for those who don’t want to buy a separate gaming computer to power their experience. It’s more powerful than the original Quest and has new controllers. That brings it up to speed with both the Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive Cosmos, which means you can now play some of the best VR games out there, such as Half-Life: Alyx, without needing an expensive PC to run them.
Of course, all this extra stuff makes the Oculus Quest 2 more expensive than its predecessor was at launch. Some trade-offs come with self-contained VR hardware versus what you get with a PC-powered headset like the Rift S or HTC Vive Cosmos — namely that there are no external tracking cameras (which allow for room-scale tracking) and that there are fewer games available for it. But overall, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another VR headset that offers so much for so little, making it easy to recommend as the best all-around VR headset available today.
HTC Vive Pro 2
The HTC Vive Pro 2’s 120Hz LCDs and 5K resolution are an obvious upgrade from its predecessor’s 90Hz OLED panels, and it feels good to move through virtual worlds without being distracted by the grayscale smudging that often shows up in the original Vive Pro. When it comes to the new headset’s ergonomics, the Vive Pro 2 is equipped with a redesigned head-strap that makes it feel lighter on your face than the original Vive Pro. The Vive Pro 2 also has a headphone-free design, which means you don’t have to plug or unplug headphones every time you put on or take off your headset (a nice touch). It can connect wirelessly to your PC using a PCIe card and USB-C adapter.
Sony PlayStation VR
If you’ve already got a PlayStation 4 or 5, you can’t go wrong with Sony’s headset. It doesn’t have the visual fidelity of the competition, and it’s not as comfortable as some of its chief rivals, but it’s the cheapest option by far. The PSVR also has a strong library of both games and experiences, especially if you’re cool with sitting down to play your VR games. And unlike other VR headsets, you won’t need to purchase an additional sensor for head tracking—the PS4 Camera does that job just fine.
You’ll have to upgrade your hardware if you’re using an older PS4 model, but any launch day slim or Pro will work fine with the PSVR headset.
Pico Neo 2
The Pico Neo 2 is a standalone, 6DoF VR headset. That means that it has both head and hand tracking, plus six degrees of freedom (6DoF), meaning the headset can sense when a user moves up, down, left, right, forward, and backward.
And because it’s all in one unit, you don’t have to connect to a PC or smartphone to use it as you do with most popular VR headsets today. Instead, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.
Its display is impressive at 3K AMOLED with a resolution of 2880 x 1600. While that may pale in comparison to the impressive 10K resolution of Oculus Quest 2 (which has four times more pixels than the original Quest), there’s no denying that this VR headset looks pretty sharp.
Our top pick is the Valve Index. It will be the most expensive VR headset with a starting price of $999, but it also boasts features that make it worth the money. With an OLED display and dual 1440×1600 resolution for each eye, it has one of the best pictures on the market. Its speakers are some of the best sounding ones available for any headset, and it’s compatible with both SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality.
The Valve Index also comes with its own controllers that allow you to move your hands more naturally in VR games than any other system out there, including Oculus Rift S and PlayStation VR. In addition to buttons and triggers on each controller, they feature fingerprint sensors that allow you to use different grips while playing games like shooting or throwing objects.
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