A VR headset could be the best gaming purchase you make in all of 2018. That’s why figuring out which headset to buy is so important. Use this round-up of the best VR headsets for gaming to decide which is best for you.
With the best VR headsets, you become your favorite video game characters. A wearable display with sensors changes the game’s perspective as you move your head in the real world. When you move your hand, each headset’s motion controllers register those movements in the game. Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4 VR, Star Trek Bridge Crew and Elite Dangerous are just a few of the great VR games you can play with the best VR headsets.
Each headset has its own advantages and disadvantages and that’s what makes it so hard to decide which is the best. Take the Samsung Gear VR for example. It doesn’t have a screen or speakers of its own. You must pair it with a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The Google Daydream View has even less technology inside it than the Gear VR does.
The more expensive VR headsets rely on a PC or video game console, but they’re capable of much more than basic VR headsets. PlayStation VR has a large list of games and works with the PS4. Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive rely on Windows PCs.
Finally, there’s the Mirage Solo for Google DayDream VR. This headset doesn’t rely on smartphones or PCs. If you’re looking for a fun, straight-forward way to try VR gaming, it’s the headset to buy.
Here are the 7 best VR headsets for gaming. Choose one of these devices to immerse yourself in your favorite titles.
7 Best VR Headsets for Gaming in 2018
- PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2
- Samsung Gear VR
- Mirage Solo for Google DayDream VR
- Oculus Rift + Touch
- HTC Vive
- Google Daydream View
- Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset
PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2 - $299.99
Don’t spend a lot of money on a gaming PC or a new smartphone to power a VR headset. If you own a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, go with the PlayStation VR.
PlayStation VR connects to your PS4 through some included cables and adapters. The headset works just fine with the PS4 and PS4 Slim, but for the best graphics, pair the headset with Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro.
A 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080p OLED display, three accelerometers and three gyroscopes power the entire VR experience. Its field of view is 100-degrees, which is slightly less than most headsets offer. It makes up for that with a high 120Hz refresh rate. Because of that, everything seems more fluid as you move around in your games. The PlayStation Eye camera acts as the system’s motion detector, and a processing box included with the headset has an HDMI port, audio port and headset.
With PlayStation VR, you play how you want. Social Sharing lets others see the same footage you see on the headset. If you want a complete VR experience, you can buy Sony’s Move motion controllers, but those are optional; DualShock 4 Controllers work with PlayStation VR games.
Game Stop sells the PlayStation VR Grand Turismo Sport Bundle for $299.99. A bundle that includes The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and two Move motion controllers costs $449.99. You also need a PlayStation 4 if you don’t already have one. They cost as little as $299.99.