VR is an immersive experience in which your head movements are tracked in a three-dimensional world, making it ideally suited to games and movies.

The three best on the market right now, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are unsurprisingly also the most expensive.

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01. Oculus Rift – Next Generation VR headset 2017

Step into Rift. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.

Now the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is finally out and we can get our hands on the headset that started it all.vr-1

Oculus Rift is the headset that started the current hysteria. Developed by Palmer Luckey, funded via Kickstarter and snapped up by Facebook for a cool $2 billion, the Rift plugs into your computer’s DVI and USB ports and tracks your head movements to provide 3D imagery on its stereo screens.

The consumer edition Rift uses a 2160 x 1200 resolution, working at 233 million pixels per second, with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s high-tech stuff, which matches the HTC Vive for refresh rate, but lags behind PlayStation VR on this front. However, given its access to the power of the latest PCs, it’s pushing a lot more pixels than Sony’s headset.

Yet compared to the HTC Vive with its room-scale technology and two included motion controllers the Rift feels like a paired down VR experience in comparison. You’re very much limited to a more static VR experience played with a traditional game controller – yes, you can stand up should you choose to do so, however, without proper hand tracking it will never quite feel as immersive as you’d like.

Features

Against

  • Doesn’t come with Touch

02. HTC vive – Best Virtual Reality Headset 2017

As of right now, the HTC Vive is the most complete VR experience on the market. As well as a head set and two base stations (which are used for tracking the headset’s movement) the Vive also includes two motion controllers in the box. This is important, since it allows the Vive to offer a much more immersive experience than using a traditional controller.

The headset itself contains two 1080p screens which makes for a very crisp image. Unfortunately it’s not quite high-resolution enough to prevent you from being
vr-2able to discern individual pixels when you wear it, but this is still the highest resolution headset on the market right now alongside the Oculus Rift.

A standout feature of the HTC Vive is its room-scale feature which allows you to walk around a space that’s 4.5 x 4.5m big. This really adds another dimension to the feeling of presence that you experience while using it; you’re not just pressing up on an analogue stick, you’re using your legs to walk over to it.

That’s if you have enough space in your real room that is.

The Vive’s downside, however, is its price. It’s expensive, double the price of the most expensive console that’s currently out, and equivalent in price to the kind of beastly gaming PC you’ll need to run it.

Features

  • Adjustable headset strap, fits most glasses, 2 eye relief adjustments: lens distance from eye & interpupilliary distance.
  • Wireless Controllers

Against

  • Less comfortable than the Rift

03. Sony PlayStation VR – Unexpected Gaming VR 2017

Discover a new world of unexpected gaming and entertainment experiences with
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Redefine your expectations of immersion in gaming with moments so intense your intuition takes over. Step into incredible virtual worlds and experience entertainment in new and extraordinary ways.

Greatness Awaits with PlayStation VR. Games Come First – With gamers in mind, PlayStation delivers a new world of unexpected gaming experiences through PlayStation VR. Play some of the most highly anticipated titles of 2016 on PS VR including an all-new Star Wars Battlefront gaming experience and games like PlayStation VR Worlds, Golem, and RIGS Mechanized Combat League. Just Plug and Play – Getting into PlayStation VR couldn’t be easier. Just plug the PlayStation VR headset and your PlayStation Camera into your PlayStation 4 system. You’re ready to go. Advanced VR Display – The feeling of ‘being there’ starts with what you see. Seamless visuals keep you connected to the virtual world through an expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second. 3D Audio Technology – 3D Audio with PlayStation VR means that you’ll be able to pinpoint sounds above, below, and all around you. Instinctively turn your head to the source of a single footstep and be able to judge its distance, just as you would in real life. Industry Leading Design – The PlayStation VR headset was engineered to be balanced, comfortable, and completely adjustable. It’s designed to feel like it’s not there – keeping you free from distraction as you explore new gaming worlds.

The biggest issue with the headset is the accessories that aren’t included in the box. In order to use PlayStation VR you’ll need a PS4 camera, and in order to get the most out of it you’ll need a pair of PlayStation Move controllers, and all of these accessories are sold separately.

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Against

  • Lacking required accessories in box
  • Poor job sealing out light