Top 3 Virtual Reality Headsets That Are a Must-Have - VR Life

Top 3 VR Headsets That Are a Must-Have


2016 is going to be, and already is an exciting year for VR gamers as companies like PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive take virtual reality mainstream. Virtual reality has come and is here to stay, and as gamers get their hands on the Oculus rift and HTC Vive a whole new level of gaming is born.

For the uninitiated, virtual reality is an absorbing type of gameplay in which the movement of your head puts you in a three-dimensional world, making it a perfectly adapted to games and even films.

Currently, developers are drawing on their imagination to produce heart-stopping experiences that will completely revolutionize the gaming, and at large the entertainment world.

On here are three of the best VR gaming headsets that I think everyone must have:

Oculus Rift


Palmer Luckey developed the Oculus Rift (later acquired by Facebook for a whopping $2B!) which has already instigated the present frenzy Oculus Rift is the virtual reality headset that started the current hysteria.

This headset jacks into the DVI and USB port of your PC and translates your head movements into powerful 3D imagery on its stereo screen. The color resolution of the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift measures at 2160 × 1200, a refresh rate of 90Hz, and working at an incredible 233 million pixels per second. However, it seems kinda stuck between two in that it trails behind the PlayStation VR but matches (or even surpasses) the HTC Vive for refresh rate. Then again, it will command more pixels than the Sony VR headset because of its ability to tap into the power of the latest PCs. As of now, the Rift is set to be shipped and you will get a Xbox One control pad in the box however, the Oculus Touch controllers have been delayed.

HTC Vive


Set to hit the store shelves in April, the HTC Vive Steam VR headset was made in collaboration the makers of the acclaimed gaming series Half Life – Valve.


Just like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive plugs into PCs and then works with Valve’s titanic gaming environment. HTC Vive has a low latency, the effect that causes motion sickness as it offers a 360 degree head-tracking with 70 sensors and a 90 Hz refresh rate, as well. Conversely, HTC owes its achievements to a super cool feature called Lighthouse room tracking which allows you walk around the house with the headset on without bumping into objects. Meaning you may have to install some sensors in your home.

Sony PlayStation VR


Voila! To all the PlayStation fanatics out there, we have good news; Sony now has a release date for the PlayStation VR, and it is this year October, 2016. The current version to be released in October was announced at GDC 2015 and all its cool features have been ramped up and a few reported issues (especially with the Morpheus Mk1) have been addressed. The display’s refresh rate is now at a whooping 120Hz enabling 120fps gameplay totally doable; the OLED 5.7-inch (formerly 5-inch) allows for reduced persistence which automatically translates to lowered motion blur. The positional awareness of the headset has been enhanced by fine-tuning the tracking accuracy with a total of nine LEDs.

The possibility of PlayStation VR grabbing the largest market share is pretty high owing to its low price and pre-Christmas on-sale date.

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