Different Kinds of Virtual Reality Headset and What You Should Know - VR Life

What You Should Know Before Shopping for a Virtual Reality Headset

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It’s at long last happening: After several years of promises of virtual reality being made accessible to the everyday person, this year will eventually provide potential customers a range of options to choose from.

In reality, there are certainly a number of people who have zero interest in these headsets, and that is perfectly reasonable with a new technology. However if you are considering being an early adopter, here’s a quick guide.

Sony Playstation VR (PS VR)

Sony just announced recently that its virtual reality headset would be launching in October.


Pros: Relatively cheap at $400, and it works with the Sony PlayStation 4 which you probably have at home already. Compared to the $1000 or so computer that you need to be able to run some of the PS VR’s competitors, this is quite cheap.

Cons: It’s taking time to come out, compared to some of the other big headsets, which means you may have to wait a while waiting for your device to ship. It is also likely, the more pricier competitors will deliver a much higher-quality experience compared to its pricier competitors.

Reason To Buy: Your PlayStation is lonely at home or you are not ready to spend so much on a VR headset.

Oculus Rift

After waiting for long, Oculus opened preorders for the Rift headset, the first of which are expected to drop this month, while the Rift hit stores in April.


Pros: Rift’s is best known for its quality. The Facebook-owned company should be praised for reviving the virtual reality idea in recent years, exciting game developers and users alike.

Cons: Quality always comes expensive. The Rift on its own will set you back by $600, and that is not taking the price of a good computer to run it into consideration. The forthcoming Touch controllers are also going to be costly, although it affords the ability to use your hands while in the digital world, which is pretty cool.

Reason To Buy: If you are willing to shelve out good money to enjoy the overall VR experience. Oculus was first in the VR space and has kept up by doing a lot to minimize motion sickness.

Samsung Gear VR

It doesn’t get cheaper and easier to access than the Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus’s technology and the Samsung smartphones. The Gear VR was first released in 2015 and being pushed further with the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.


Pros: This is the perfect budget option, if that is what you are searching for. It has the peculiarity of being on the market longest and still one of the cheapest lower-entry device. Unlike the rest that require an expensive console or computer, the Samsung Gear VR runs off a smartphone.

Cons: You weren’t expecting higher-end device quality for such cheap price. Although it provides an awesome video experience but its quality with the big guys cannot compare.

Reason to Buy: You’re really on a budget and just okay to enjoy the smaller-scale experiences.


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