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VR in 2020, in a world where people are more distant from each other than ever, has taken on different meaning. VR still can't be a workplace or social gathering spot I'd like it to be, but it's closer. Oculus Quest has become the closest thing to home VR console that VR's ever had. But VR is also in flux right now, as technology is ever-evolving. VR games this year have been better than ever, thanks to Valve's VR masterpiece Half-Life: Alyx, and more recently, Star Wars: Squadrons. But you still have to choose whether you Want Headset that plugs into your PC or console, or choose a standalone option like Oculus Quest. At the moment, new Oculus Quest 2 is the best, most affordable option for VR, but it requires a Facebook account to work. More changes will come. Companies such as Qualcomm are building new chips that point to a wave of better standalone headsets at lower prices-including ones that plug into your phone. Meanwhile, older mobile VR or phone-base VR headsets, like Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, are basically dead. A good number of current iPhone, Android and app options don't even work with old mobile headsets anyway. If smartphone-base VR comes back, it'll more likely be in the form of small headsets that plug into phones via USB-C for VR gaming and other uses. Regardless, if you're PC gamer, solid gaming PC-connect VR Headset offers the most versatile collection of software for immersive VR experience and lets you use that Headset for creative and business tools. Note that more powerful VR systems will still be largely tethered to desktop or laptop, and PC VR headsets may require external sensors, so they may not be the best option for everyone. And what about console gaming? Aging PlayStation VR is still fun if it's on sale and you have a PS4, mainly because there are loads more great games for this device than you'd think. But keep in mind that PlayStation 5, while it works with PSVR, will require PS4 accessories to work with VR. Just know that the VR is still here, but the VR experience is evolving. Augment Reality, or AR, and Mixed-Reality headsets aren't ready yet, so in the meantime, solid VR goggle and rig is your best bet for escaping to other worlds. When we look for a VR device, we're in the market for something that offers solid motion tracking, syncs well with our controller, and offers a solid gaming experience. Read on to figure out which is the best VR headset for you. We Update this periodically, but note that prices are subject to change. Read more: Want to play Half-Life: Alyx? Here's VR Gear that works at 300 with nothing else needed. Oculus Quest 2 delivers virtual reality games and an immersive VR experience anywhere.

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The Best Augmented Reality Headsets

You might have seen some other famous visual headsets pop up over the last few years, including Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap One. They aren't on this list for a few reasons, but the biggest one is that they're augmented reality headsets, not virtual reality headsets. And yes, there's difference. Basically, these AR headsets have transparent lenses that let you look at your surroundings instead of completely replacing your vision with Computer-generate image. They can still project images over whatever you're looking at, but those images are designed to complement and interact with the area around you. You can make a web browser pop up in the middle of the room, for instance, or watch animals run around your coffee table. It's fascinating technology that could hint at the future of computing. The emphasis here is on the future, as in several years away. That brings us to the second biggest reason HoloLens and Magic Leap One aren't on this list: They aren't consumer products. Both devices are purely intended as development hardware, so AR software can be made for their platforms. Considering each headset costs several thousand dollars, you shouldn't expect a large library of AR experience for a while. Outside of specific enterprise and education uses, AR headsets are early adopter playground at best, and not for most users. With that in mind, we'll continue to track the best new VR headsets here as they are release, so make sure to check back soon for updates. And when you find the right headset for you, head over to our list of best VR games.

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So-So Games

The best VR Games are ones which deliver such a unique experience, you forget about the fact you probably had to buy a very expensive headset in order to use it. But without the limitation of static TV or monitor, VR gaming feels incredibly liberating, but can be as familiar or as fresh as you like after that. Whether you want to try out familiar titles in a new way, or experience inimitable styles of play that VR offers, there's almost certainly something you'll enjoy from what's available to play. With VR Games, you've get chance to fly Tony Stark's armor suit in Iron Man VR, rebel against the alien Empire in Half-Life: Alyx, or fly X-Wing or TIE Fighter in Star Wars Squadrons,. Newcomers to VR gaming, or veteran virtual reality explorers looking for something different to try: we think that you will find that games on this list will provide that next awesome gaming experience you're after. The best VR headset you can buy now on a budget? Here are the best cheap VR headsets


VR Hardware for Gaming

There's few knocks against Fallout 4 VR, namely that it's full price, 60 game, and has been retrofitted for VR rather than built from the ground-up for it. Also, it's game where you spend a heck of lot of time looking through your Pip-boy, which isn't exactly fun to do on VR. But if you're big Fallout fan and love VR, it's still well worth playing. There's just something exciting about seeing the game and world you love from a new, much more immersive perspective. The VR version of VATS is great fun, too, operating more like a traditional bullet-time feature that I wind up enjoying more than the original.


Tetris Effect

If there is one thing that separates the Tetris Effect from countless other Tetris Games, it is music and gorgeous particle effects. And if there is one thing that separates Tetris Effect VR from its standard issue counterpart, its sense of performance that comes with it. Each level of Tetris Effect is based on a different track, with rhythm represented by how swiftly block fall. As the track progresses, you have to react to changing tempo, changing how quickly you place each tetrimino in order to keep up with the music. It is not just a case of keeping pace though, as the beat reacts to every tetromino movement and placement, layering in new elements to the soundscape. Virtually excellent: Mess about the best sandbox games on PC as this unfold, youre treated to a light show that forms the backdrop of a Tetris board. From slow-paced pop thats framed with blue bursts of particles that form outline of dolphin, to jazz track set to the backdrop of the city at nightime, with beams of light streaming across board like a steady flow of traffic. The visuals are striking, and playing Tetris Effect on VR allows you to become fully immersed in them, as they surround you entirely. And so conclude our collection of digital worlds that you can have beam into your gelatinous eye spheres via the glorious medium of VR Games. Some may claim the format is already dead, but clearly those people haven't played any of these gems. If you rather keep your face in front of a traditional monitor, though, wed point you towards the best PC games, all of which need just simple old PC, and none of this fancy goggles business. But if you feel screens are bit yesteryear now youve discovered VR, well we dont blame you.


Echo Combat

One of VRs greatest strengths is that it can put you in otherworldly scenarios and still make them feel real. Case in point, weve never experienced space travel, but if traversal mechanics in Lone Echo are anything to go by, then we were missing out on some serious fun. You can push off surfaces to bounce around environments, or use little boosters on your wrist to jet across open areas. Of course, it isnt just about movement. Lone Echo is a narrative adventure that has you playing as Jack, service android aboard a mining station above Saturn. You work together with the sole remaining human, Olivia, to keep things functioning. Naturally, things go awry, leaving us in charge of mending myriad mechanical faults in a convincingly weightless VR space game. Lone Echo is a good story wrap in a great control system, and it wouldnt be possible on anything other than a VR.

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Bottom Line

The company says it is changing the name of their augmented Reality and virtual Reality organization to Facebook Reality Labs, org which will encompass companies ' AR / VR products under the Oculus, Spark and Portal brands. Companys AR / VR Research division had its title changed from Oculus Research to Facebook Reality Labs back in 2018. That division will now be known as FRL Research. Facebook has also announced that Oculus Connect, its annual virtual Reality Developer conference, will be renamed Facebook Connect and will be occurring entirely virtually on September 16. Oculus has a very different existence inside Facebook than other high-profile acquisitions like Instagram or WhatsApp. Org has been folded deeper into the core of the company, both in terms of leadership and organizational structure. The entire AR / VR org is run by Andrew Bosworth, long-time executive at company who is a close confidant of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In some sense, name change is just an indication that the product ambitions of Facebook in the AR / VR world have grown larger since its 2014 Oculus acquisition. Facebook is now no longer just building headsets, theyre also building augment Reality glasses, theyre adding AR software integrations into their core app and Instagram through Spark AR and, yes, theyre still doing some stuff with Facebook Portal. In another sense, adding the term Labs to the end of division that is several years old with several products youve spent billions of dollars to realize seems to be Facebook doubling down on the idea that everything contained therein is pretty experimental and not contributing all that much to Facebook's bottom line. This seems like a likely home for future Facebook moonshots. The change will likely upset some Oculus users. Facebook reputation problems anecdotally seem to have a particularly strong hold among PC gamers, leaving some Oculus fans generally unhappy with any news that showcases the Oculus brand coming further beneath core Facebook org. Last week, company shared that new Oculus headset users would need to sign into the platform with their Facebook account and that they would be phasing out Oculus accounts over time, change that was met with hostility from insiders who believe that Facebook would keep more distance between core social app and its virtual Reality platform. At this point, Oculus is still the brand name of VR headsets Facebook sells and company maintain that brand isnt going anywhere, but directionally it seems that Facebook is aiming to bring the brand closer beneath its wing.

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