Headsets for VR: The Best Virtual Reality Devices to Buy

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2016 is the year of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Samsung Gear VR which have dominated the mainstream scene of Virtual Reality.

Quick intro: VR is a unique experience which can “transport” you into games and movies by tracking your head movements in a 3D world.

Developers are creating different ways to entertain you through games and movies.

How to choose the best headsets to suit you? We’ve made a selection of the most interesting and awesome devices ready to be strapped to your face.

HTC Vive

2The HTC Vive was made in collaboration with PC games giant Valve which created the Half-Life gaming series and the gaming platform Steam. The HTC Vive can easily be connected to PC’s and works with Steam. It has 70 sensors for 360 degree head-tracking and 90Hz refresh rate. In our review time, we noticed that this device offers zero latency, which is the technical term for motion sickness.

Best HTC Vive games: the Lighthouse room tracking forbids you to move around with the device on. This means that you must install sensors in your home for the effect to be extraordinary. Check out our review on HTC Vive to convince yourself why this offers you the best VR experience.

Oculus Rift

3If you wonder which device started all the hysteria, you got the answer: Oculus Rift, which was developed by Palmer Luckey, funded by Kickstarter and it was picked up by Facebook for $2 billion. The headset can be connected to your PC through DVI and USB ports. Oculus Rift tracks your head movements to provide 3D images on the stereo screens. This device uses 2160×1200 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and 233 million pixels per second. All these attributes, but lags behind the PlayStation VR, however this device uses more pixels than Sony’s headset.

Best Oculus Rift games: For now, you have to settle for an Xbox One controller because the Oculus Touch controllers will be available later this year. Read our review on Oculus Rift if you are interested in more details.

Sony PlayStation VR

4The PlayStation VR launched not long ago, on the 13th of October 2016. We can say that it’s the most awesome PS4 accessory, not only for the quality but also for the affordable price. It’s considered to be the benchmark for console mainstream Virtual Reality. Please check out our review on the Sony PlayStation VR for the in-depth details.

Samsung Gear VR

5At first glance, you might think that there are no differences between the Samsung Gear VR and its predecessors. Yes, they look similar but it has several upgrades that make it worth buying. Note: the visual experience you get with this device depends a lot on the kind of smartphone you use, like the large and sharp Note7. Samsung upgraded the viewing angle from 96 degrees to 101 degrees and also darkened the color tint to lower reflections and glare. You can connect the headset to Galaxy Note7, S7 Edge, S7, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note5.

Google Cardboard

6We know about this Google Cardboard Virtual Reality since 2014. Looking at the photo, you might think that strapping a piece of cardboard to your head sounds like a joke, but it works perfectly and the price is more than affordable. Don’t forget that your smartphone has all the necessary sensors and positions to accurately track your head movements. Check out the best Google Cardboard VR apps and games.

Google Daydream View

7According to Google, the Daydream View is 30% lighter than other mobile headsets. We think that Google referred to Samsung Gear VR, but no names been named. This device is connectible to Google’s Pixel Phone, but in the near future we’re expecting other phones to be connected to the Google Daydream View, such as HTC, Sony, Samsung, etc. The headset comes with a specific controller that comes in the package.

Microsoft HoloLens

8Virtual and augmented reality is perfectly presented by the Microsoft HoloLens. This device is special because you can experience everything to a whole new level. For instance, you can visualize virtual holographic images such as walking on the surface of Mars in your living room or you can see your Minecraft world on your bed.

101 AR:  your gestures and voice commands are recognized by the Kinect-style technology. Compared to the Oculus and Vive, the Microsoft HoloLens it’s still a letter box. Despite this aspect, the headset is made with 120 degree field of vision on both axes and offers HD visuals. This device can’t be connected to a PC because it has a full Windows 10 built into the headset and functions with a battery. If you are a Windows Insider member and want to buy the Development Edition, you can purchase the Microsoft HoloLens for $3000.

Razer OSVR HDK 2

9This new smart device is made for applications for VR hardware without technical limitations. It basically makes developers life easier. This kit offers 2160×1200 dual OLED display which means that is a great competitor against the big names. There are a few drawbacks, such as the open source headset, allowing different modifications coming from other developers.

Fove VR

10The Fove VR is unique compared to other devices such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR because it gives you interactive eye tracking by using an infrared sensor. Because of these sensors, your virtual will appear more real. The Fove VR offers a setup of 5.7 inch, 100+ degree field of view, 1440p display, eye tracking measured at 120fps and 90fps frame rate. This device has been redesigned, so the producers claim that the new model  “dramatically reduced weight, size and overall wearability, as well as better production efficiency.”

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