2019 is here and the world of VR has come a long way. In this article, I'm going to go over the top VR headsets available for purchase now. In preparing this article, I've put in plenty of hours of research, looked at the pros and cons of each system and collected the best VR headsets in the market today. I included options for every type of consumer. Whether you are looking for an entry-level model or willing to go the next level and break your brain over some immersive VR Gaming, I hope to have the option for you.
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 by a console. The PlayStation VR was introduced back in 2016 and has been 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. A pro of this 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 will allow you to play 1080p games. And the PlayStation move controllers which help bring an immersive tactile experience to your gaming. Some of the pros of this headset are 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 the 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. One con of the system is that it could use another USB port to help 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. The Solo 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. With this unit you get the same video quality as an Oculus Go with a more powerful processor. Some of the pros of this unit are 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 primarily 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 show an image for two milliseconds of each frame. Some of the features of this headset include its touch controllers. The touch controllers allow you to interact with your virtual environment and the design is inspired. Comfortable and intuitive you can navigate through your virtual Universe with ease. The low latency tracking of this headset adds to the overall experience. If you have a great computer, this device will perform impressively. Some of the pros of this device are 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 device is that it requires 4 USB ports. Depending on your overall computer set up 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 HTC Vive is a big boy in this group. Built with a slightly bulkier design three straps that wraps 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 feature of the HTC Vive is that you could use your headphones. This is not common with most of these units. The show 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 more significant than the Oculus touch controllers, but the overall functionality is a little bit superior. Other features of this device are 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 choose 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.