The favourite five – the HMDs our team won’t go without.
With the earliest VR released only five years ago, VR has significantly influenced almost every potential market in a very small space of time. To keep up with a growing demand, tech developments have been frequently rolling out, from VR software, to the design and functionality of the headsets.
Here are our five picks for the best VR so far.
With minimal lag, easy-to-use controllers and pinpoint accuracy, the Oculus Quest headset is the best in the market, perfect for professional use, gaming and entertainment. The headset is ergonomically designed and comfortable, with minimal light-leakage into the headset.
Sony Playstation VR
When it comes to bestsellers, the Sony Playstation VR headset is out in front. With access to a wide variety of games on the PS4 and an instant console plug-in, this headset’s popularity among gamers has been well-deserved. While the Sony Playstation VR headset uses a graphics card built into the PS4 console, reducing the weight of the headset, the headset has not been designed for movement during use, and instead better suited to standing still.
By far the most expensive VR headset to make the list, the Valve Index is designed for a smaller segment of the market. Among its features is the exciting “knuckle” controllers, which track pressure from finger movement to create a much more tangible VR experience. It’s for these features that the Valve Index requires a substantial GPU to run the headset on a PC, so wireless connection isn’t a possibility.
Since its release, the HTC Vive has generated lots of excitement in the VR industry. It’s most notable features include smooth movement tracking, a natural and sharp field of view at 110 degrees. With software that’s compatible with a number of systems (including those as accessible as Inteli5, with a graphics card) it’s a proficient, accessible headset.
HTC has followed up the Vive’s success with the release of the Vive Cosmos and the Vive Pro Eye, which hit the market at the end of 2019.
HP MR Headset
Microsoft has a unique approach to producing their headsets, including partnering with notable brands like Hp, Lenovo, Asus, and Dell to manufacture HMDs.
While they have integrated applications like Cortana and Skype, the HP MR headset lacks resolution at speed, which sees them miss out on the top spot to Oculus Quest. HP MR Headset is designed for the business trajectory of VR rather than entertainment. Trends of adoption of VR in Enterprise Marketing, CRM, Construction and the Civil sector are the major drivers behind HP MR and Microsoft’s Mixed Reality.
Did your headset of choice make the cut?