Virtual reality has gained a lot of media attention over the years. They are not a new concept, but their demand and availability have increased in the last few years.
Virtual reality uses data and software that creates a virtual environment eerily similar to that of the real world. Having 360-degree access on the space around the user, it replicates the physical world to seem real. Letting you roam around and make contact with objects in this artificial e-feed.
There are so many brands in the market and the competition is closer and ever. So what are the best VR headsets – and which one should you head out and buy?
In this review, we’ll take a look at the top VR Headsets of 2018 and what you can get in your hands in 2017
The Oculus Rift VR Headset has been on the VR headset market for awhile now and while not a complete success when first introduced, it is now one of the best VR headsets for the money.
It uses a 2160 x 1200 resolution, working at 233 million pixels per second, with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s high-tech stuff, which matches the HTC Vive for refresh rate but lags behind PlayStation VR.
You need a high end PC to get the best out of the top VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Minimum PC specs for the Oculus Rift VR Headset are the following:
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Memory: 8GB+ RAM
- Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
Oculus Rift Pros:
- Brings visual, audio and touch senses into one product
- Very comfortable to wear
- Lots of games available
- Allows you to manipulate objects in virtual environment
Oculus Rift Cons:
- It’s quite expensive
- Additional cables required
The HTC Vive offers one the best gaming experiences with its integrated sensors that give an astounding visual effect and its great audio features seem as if you are actually there.
The HTC Vive VR Headset is a tethered device, so you will need a computer to do all the heavy lifting. So before we start, you’ll need at least the following:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480, equivalent or better
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350, equivalent or better
- RAM: 4 GB or more
- Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
- OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later
HTC Vive Pros:
- Seated and standing play is automatically adapted
- Hundreds of games available
- Lots of eye relief settings for people with glasses
- Wireless touch controllers provide natural feeling interaction
HTC Vive Cons:
- It’s quite expensive
- Initial setup is complex
The Oculus and HTC both work with a PC, while the PlayStation VR works with a PlayStation 4; so your choice of the headset may come down to whatever machines you already have. If you’re going for a PC headset, be sure you have good enough specs to run it.
Sony PlayStation VR
With Sony PlayStation VR, you’re not only playing the game, you live it! It tracks your movement to detect your position and determine whether you are standing up or sitting down. It makes you feel every movement you do by its sound and visual quality.
Sony PlayStation VR Pros:
- Fully designed and integrated with PlayStation games
- Headphones and all cables included
- Reasonably priced
- 120 frames per second make it great for action games
Sony PlayStation VR Cons:
- PS4 Compatible Only
- Must buy Accessories to Use
- Camera Tracking is Lacking
Samsung Gear VR
The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with your Smartphone, letting you have your own personal gaming console, but you will need a Samsung phone that is compatible with the Samsung Gear VR. The Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge will all work.
Samsung Gear VR Pros:
- Easy and simple solution
- Wide field of view for more realistic effects
- Direct connection to Smartphone
- Setup only takes a few minutes
Samsung Gear VR Cons:
- Samsung Mobile Devices Only
- Experience Limited by Mobile Capability
Google Daydream View
The Google Daydream View is another wireless VR headset that incorporates compatible mobile devices into a 3D virtual experience. It requires a daydream-ready phone such as Pixel or Pixel XL and it is built with a much softer material as compared to other devices.
Google Daydream View Pros:
- Stylish Design
- Controller Included
- Easy to Use Interface
Google Daydream View Cons:
- Some Android phones get hot
- Limited eyepiece adjustments