So you're finally ready to buy a virtual reality headset. You saved your money and did your research but you're still on the fence of what virtual reality gear you should pick up. And this article I will try and bridge the gap for you by showing you your different options of what is currently in the market and what is expected later on in 2019. Follow me on this tour of the different virtual reality headsets you currently have available to you on the market. I will cover everything from the Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, the HTC Vive, the PSVR and more...
First on the list is the Oculus go. This is a comfortable headset that is portable and affordable for the entry level consumer. The Oculus go has a sleek and comfortable design accompanied with straps that help adjust the set to your head. By far this may be the most comfortable thing sitting on your face in 2019. One of the best features is Oculus go’s unique orientation only movement system. With this device you can continuously move your head to get a 360 degree view of the environment. This makes your VR Gaming very immersive. Other noticeable features of this headset is the 3dof controller and the 64 gigabytes of storage. The pros of this headset includes the high-resolution screen (2560 x 1440), the comfortability, and the ease of use. The cons for this headset is low battery life. Giving the user only about 2 and a half hours of gameplay you could feel like there's room for improvement in this area. Price around $200, the immersive gameplay and the comfortability of this unit makes it a great entry-level device for any consumer.
Playstation 4 (PSVR)
Next on this list is the PlayStation VR. This is one of the best VR headsets accompanied with a console. The PlayStation VR was introduced back in 2016, and has been the one of the best headsets on the market ever since. One of the best things about this VR headset is that it does not require an expensive computer. All you need is a PlayStation 4 console and the (headsets sold separately) and you're ready to go. One interesting thing about the PlayStation VR is that it uses only one camera to track about nine points of light. This makes tracking movement while walking around a little bit off. The PlayStation VR has a 5.7 inch OLED panel, with a display resolution of 1080p. what are the pros of the system is that the response rate hovers around 18 milliseconds. This is faster than most games systems on the market. Some of the features of this unit is the 3D audio technology, which gives you sound from a 3D environment. The advanced display allowing you to play 1080p games. And the PlayStation move controllers which helps bring a tactile immersive experience to your gaming. Some of the pros of this headset is the ease-of-use, it's plug-and-play design makes it very easy to start and get into your gaming. The comfort of the system, the inner lining in overall balance of the headset is adequate and feels good on your head. The great display, make the system a great choice for VR Gaming and immersive movies. What are the cons of the system is that it could really use another USB port to help our all of its peripheral systems. Price around $220 the PlayStation VR is a great system for anyone who likes console gaming and already has a PlayStation 4.
Lenovo Mirage Solo
Next on this list is the Lenovo Mirage solo. This is by far one of the most comfortable VR headsets. Back by Lenovo and Google this VR headset is your portal into daydream platform. This is the only headset in the world powered by world sense. Unlike google Daydream, this VR headset does not require a phone to use. This unit has a 5.5 inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The Snapdragon 835 processor makes this headset very powerful. It's combined with 65 GB of built-in storage and expandable microSD storage helps encourage your gameplay. What does unit you get the same video quality as an Oculus go with a more powerful processor. Some of the pros of this unit is the 3D audio system which allows you to pinpoint sound from any direction, the 5.5 inch display which delivers impressive resolution, and the front facing cameras which helps with spatial tracking. One con of the devices that the motion controls are pretty much limited. Price around $400 the Lenovo Mirage solo is a comfortable unit that allows you to play games for hours before getting any feeling any fatigue or losing power.
Oculus Rift + Touch
One of the best virtual reality headsets on the market in terms of value for your money is the Oculus Rift touch. The highlight of the Oculus Rift touch controllers is the physical buttons. This small detail helps pull you into the game. This headset has a very light and comfortable design that allows you to wear glasses underneath the vr goggles. If you're wearing glasses, putting on and taking off this device can be a little bit of a challenge. In terms of performance, this VR headset offers smooth Graphics which is largely determined by the specs of your computer. It uses an OLED display for each eye offering a resolution of 1080p x 1200p. The low persistence design, means that these panels shows an image for 2 milliseconds of each frame. Some of the features of this headset includes its touch controllers. The touch controllers allow you to interact with your virtual environment and the design is inspired. Comfortable and intuitive you are able to navigate through your virtual Universe with ease. The low latency tracking of this headset add to the overall experience. If you have a great computer this device will perform impressively. Some of the pros of this device is its physical button which makes gaming so much easier, the compact design which makes it very easy to put on and take off, and the versatility this device can be used to play both Oculus and Steam games. the kind of this device is that it requires 4 USB ports. Depending on your overall computer setup this can be an issue. I recommend that you check out the specs below and confirm that your system can handle the Oculus touch. Priced around $400 the Oculus Rift touch is one of the best headsets When comparing value for your money.
The Oculus Quest is the next line in the Oculus product platform. If you don't have a machine on steroids to accommodate the Oculus Rift and you're looking for a better quality of VR experience than the Oculus go, than Oculus Quest maybe the device for you. This VR headset is designed with mobility in mind. A stand-alone system that requires no computer or telephone. You are able to place your Oculus Quest on your head and jump right into your game. This VR headset is scheduled to come out in the spring of 2019 and should hit a price point around $399.
The HTC Vive is a big boy of this group. Built with a slightly bulkier design three straps that goes around the head it is a little bit big but does fit comfortably and snuggly on your face. Tightly bundled with his headset there two cords one running to your HDMI and the other running to a USB 2.0 port. When immersing your games this is something that you have to be mindful of so you do not trip over the cords plug to your computer. This can be somewhat of a con for those who use their HDMI ports for their computer displays. A nice features of the HTC Vive is that you could use your own headphones. This is not common with most of these units. The display inside offers an impressive 2160 x 1200 OLED screen that operates at about 90 Hertz . Each of the controllers that ship with this product has a touchpad as well as a rear trigger. These controllers are larger than the Oculus touch controllers but the overall functionality is a little bit superior. Other features of this device is the intuitive 360 controller which allows a smooth to use all of your hands within a 3D environment and the games are powered by Steam VR giving you around 2800 games to choice from. One can of this headset is that it could take some time to set up. This can be a little bit annoying when you want to jump right into your gameplay. Price around $500 this Goliath of the industry has few challengers.