Get your head in the game! What you need to know about VR headsets

Published 20th January 2023
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When it comes to virtual reality, the options can be overwhelming. But whether you're a gamer looking to take your experience to the next level or looking for a new way to experience the world, there's a VR headset out there for you. Here are some things to keep in mind as you navigate the range.

Types of VR headsets

When it comes to buying a VR headset, there are a few different types to consider; here's a quick overview of the most popular:

  • Standalone headsets are self-contained units that don't require a computer or console to operate. They have their own built-in displays, sensors and processors.
  • PC-based headsets require a computer to operate and typically use external motion-tracking systems. They offer a more advanced experience than standalone headsets but require a powerful PC for optimal performance.
  • Console-based headsets are designed for use with a games console, such as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox One. They offer a more immersive experience than PC-based headsets but are limited by the games available on that console, frame rate and field of view.

VR headsets for gaming

If you're a gamer looking for the best VR experience, look for tethered headsets that are supported by a PC or games console. You'll want to look for one with fast refresh rates, low latency, and precise motion tracking.

The two most popular of these are the Oculus Rift S and the PlayStation VR headset. Oculus, one of the leading VR headset brands, also supports portable VR headsets like the Oculus Quest, which stores the games and hardware within the headset.

VR headsets for immersive experiences

If you want virtual reality to be more about experiences like enjoying a rollercoaster or a fighter jet flight from home, exploring the International Space Station or a virtual safari, a self-contained headset will be ideal.

Headsets like the Oculus Quest or the HTC Vive Focus Plus are a good choice and offer a fully immersive experience, with features like room-scale tracking and hand controllers that allow you to interact with virtual objects in a natural way. Others, like the Samsung Gear VR, are more focused on providing a more casual, seated VR experience.

Key things to consider

When it comes to choosing a VR headset, the technology can be overwhelming, but with a clear understanding of what you're looking for, you'll be able to find the perfect fit for your needs. 

  • Consider the type of VR experience you're looking for
  • Think about the type of content you'll be using your VR headset for
  • Decide on the level of immersion you're looking for

With this buying guide, you'll be able to navigate the range of VR headsets with confidence and make a decision that will give you the immersive experience you're looking for!

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