If you choose to invest in one of the best VR headsets out there, you know you will experience much more than a few silly games or average 3D movies. Through the VR headset, you can become a superhero, an assassin, a warrior, and much more.
Below we have tried our best to make a list of the 3 best VR headsets for gaming purposes. We took into consideration the buyers’ comfort, money, and convenience. There are models for those who don’t care about money and those on a tighter budget. Still, all of our suggestions offer solid resolution and FOV (Field of View), and they are compatible with the best VR games on the market.
Let’s start with the best of best for VR gaming purposes, which is the Valve Index. This one is not for those on a tight budget and those who do not own or plan to buy a high-end gaming PC. But if you already have a powerful computer and you want to invest in a powerful VR headset, then the Valve Index is your best choice.
Just like with many other headsets, the Index stocks are limited. On top of that, they sell out very quickly. After releasing the Half-Life: Alyx, the Index is back in stock but again in a limited number. Unlike some other headsets, you will need to wait only a couple of weeks before receiving the Valve Index.
Buying a VR headset does not mean you need to spend a fortune on it. The market nowadays offers a solid gaming VR headset for very reasonable prices. You don’t need to sell your kidney to afford a VR headset!
One of the next entry-level virtual reality headsets nowadays is the Oculus Quest 2. This model is powerful and light yet very affordable. You can hook it up on your gaming PC by using a single USB Type-C cable, and just like that, you are ready to enter the VR world. However, you are going to need a Facebook account to use this headset.
Let’s get into more details about the best headsets on the market:
1. The Valve Index
If you want a premium gaming experience, this is the VR headset for you.
It comes with a 2880 x 1600 resolution. The refresh rate is 120Hz, the experimental mode is 144Hz, and the FOV is 130 degrees. It has index controllers, and the connections are DisplayPort, USB 3.0, USB 2.0. It is quite pricey, around 2,000 dollars.
This model boasts some of the best visuals paired with the same resolution that the Quest, Vive Pro, and Odyssey+ have, but the refresh rate is better, and it is 120Hz. The Index has the best in class FOV, and some sort of screen door effect has not been detected.
Some of the interesting technology features on this model are the per-finger tracking on the index controllers, the USB passthrough for some future accessories, and outstanding audio provided by the near-field speakers. The Index is comfortable for wearing long hours due to the high-quality materials that it is made of, that provide solid weight distribution.
All these awesome features come at a high price. It costs double or nearly double than the Quest, the Rift S, MSRP, or the Odyssey+. The other headset can very often be found at a discount. Another downfall is that the finger tracking technology has little to no use so far.
See more: Valve Index Review
2. The Oculus Quest 2
As we said above, the best entry-level headset for virtual reality.
This model comes with an LCD display with 3664 x 1920 resolution. The refresh rate is at 90Hx, FOV 100 degrees, Oculus Touch controller, and connections that include USB Type-C and 3, mm headphones.
This model not only that it comes cheaper than the original Quest. It also comes with a better range of features. The visual clarity is exceptional for an entry-level model with an LCD display at 1832 x 1920 per eye. This will provide you awesome experience playing some of the most popular games available in VR, either on the standalone headset or linked to your PC with the USB Type-C cable.
The Quest 2 is not only a standalone VR headset. It is also super on-the-move virtual reality and gaming tool thanks to the Oculus Link.
The setup might be one of the quickest among all the VR headsets. It will take you only a couple of minutes to go from unboxing to entering the amazing VR world thanks to the built-in Inside-out tracking and hand tracking.
Probably the single downside of the Oculus Quest 2 is that you must have a Facebook account to log in. This is something you just can’t go around, unfortunately. The company’s excuse for this issue is that they can serve you better this way. But if you still don’t care for creating a Facebook account for the sole purpose of using this headset, then check out the other options available.
See more: Oculus Quest 2 Review
3. The Oculus Rift S
If you want to create a wide library of games, then this is the headset for you.
This model comes with an LCD display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, and the refresh rate is at 80Hz, FOV is 110 degrees. Oculus Touch controller, and connection that includes USB3.0 and DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort.
The original Oculus Rift just cannot compare with the Rift S. Even though they both originally retailed for the same price. The Rift S offers much more than its predecessor. The only setback would be the slower refresh rate and the LCD lenses rather than the OLED lenses.
Still, this model is probably the best wired, mid-level headset for your PC. Not only that, it has deep library games, with the higher resolution the gaming will be a much more comfortable experience.
Wearing the Rift S is more comfortable than its predecessor because it fully supports inside-out tracking. This means no need for wire-up or finding a place for external sensors in your playing area.
So, if you own a good or more powerful PC and you look for a super headset at an affordable price, then the Rift S is the one for you.
See more: Oculus Rift S Review
There are more headsets options out there, but we hope that we helped you find your favorite with these three models. If not, we hope that at least we guided you with what to look for while searching for the right VR headset for you.