|VR Headsets||HTC Vive||Oculus Rift||PlayStation VR||Samsung Gear||Google Cardboard|
|Experience||Seated, Standing, Room-scale VR||Seated, Standing||Seated, Standing||Seated VR||Seated VR|
|Field of View||110 degrees||110 degrees||100 degrees||96 degrees||Varies|
|Headset Weight||1.2 lbs||1.0 lbs||1.3 lbs||0.7 lbs (without phone)||0.2 lbs (without phone)|
|Price||$799 (controllers and sensors are included with this price)||$878 (with the new controllers + sensors coming out)||$499 Package that comes with controllers, and PS Camera ($399 core)||$99||$14|
|Buy on Amazon||Buy HTC Vive on Amazon||Buy Oculus Amazon||Buy PS VR Amazon||Buy Samsung Gear||Buy Google Cardboard|
What is VR?
VR stands for virtual reality, and in sci-fi movies, and gamer’s dreams–it’s the future. VR presents the start of an amazing virtual lifestyle where you can interact with fiction to be anyone you want to be and wherever you want to be. Whether you saw it in Ready Player One, or first experienced it through the Virtual Boy in the 90’s–VR has been a long time coming.
When VR first came out, it didn’t revolutionize the world. It was too expensive, not immersive, uncomfortable to use, and the games sucked. I loved the idea of it–if not the experience, and used it on occasion– but the Virtual Boy barely made any sales. For a long time–nearly 15 years or so, we didn’t see any other VR headsets come out to the mainstream market.That all changed when the Oculus Rift founded one of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns we’ve ever seen.
Now in 2016, we’ve finally seen VR headsets reenter the market with finished products. As a result, these VR headsets have been selling like crazy with a huge vigor and appraisal. The VR headsets out today are comfortable, immersive, expensive– but the games suck. However, the tech is here; beautiful screens, comfortable design, and powerful processing units–unlike how it was in the 90’s.
The AAA VR games will soon follow, as developers are hastily creating and designing new types of games which mean we are about to witness a gaming phenomenon that will change how we game, and potentially who games in the first place. But each VR headset released this year has a different audience, so you need to decide which one is right for you.
What is the best VR headset?
VR headsets are defined by their power. Regarding immersive VR, we have three headsets–they being the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PS VR. This is the order of how immersive they feel.
The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are powered by your significantly powerful desktop computer (you need good computer specifications to run them) which means the VR you experience will be higher quality with better textures, resolution, shadows, lighting, and every other significant graphical difference you can experience when you use better hardware to run a game.
However, while the PS VR might lack in power, it still has an important place in the VR marketplace.In many ways, it’s sensing technology is quite similar to the much more expensive Oculus Rift. And if you want to use VR on the go, you might also consider mobile VR technology.
PS VR vs Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive vs Mobile VR?
The VR headsets can be broken down into two categories. We’ve reviewed each headset exclusively in our reviews, and after testing the headset, we’ve come to a simple conclusion. If you want the most immersive VR experience, choose the HTC Vive.
The HTC Vive has the best sensing technology (you have multiple sensors set up around the room that can create unprecedented VR large scale) that lets you move and interact in a virtual environment. It’s comfortable, the controllers are AWESOME, the tracking very precise, and HTC has partnered with Valve, the publisher of steam–which in some ways, ensures the HTC Vive will stay the best VR.
Now if you don’t have an expensive computer or the money to spend $799 on the HTC Vive, you should consider using the PS VR. Bundles start at $499 for everything included, but if you have the PS Move controllers and the camera, you can get the PS VR for only $399. The PS VR is still an excellent VR experience for the price. Tracking works well; the display is impressive, and the headset is amazingly futuristic and comfortable to wear.
The game lineup for the PS VR should also be very good since it’s a Sony PlayStation product (already has exclusives that are amazing like Batman), and even if the tracking is limited to your hands and face via a single camera, the experience should be perfect for a living room experience that prefers to live within VR–it’s mainly to be used sitting or standing still with limited movement. It’s not a room VR experience per se, but that also means your room will not be dominated by it (the HTC vive requires significant living room placements and movement ability to work the best).
What about Mobile VR?
If you can’t afford the PS VR or the more expensive HTC Vive, you have two options. Either you can get the Samsung Gear VR if you have a Samsung phone, or a cheap Google Cardboard VR headset if you have an iPhone. Both experiences have a similar result, and it’s a good way to get started with VR or if you want to show off the concept of VR to your friends.