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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 a 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

Using a mobile VR headset is a bit like cracking open a Cup Noodles container when youre in the mood for ramen: wildly underwhelming but cheap, and okay in a pinch. Mobile headsets are essentially plastic shells that have a slot for high-end smartphone; for less than 50, they give you access to content like short movies, adventure games, and puzzles for adults and kids. Theyre easy to set up compared with high-end desktop VR Headset, and they are portable enough that you can wear them on plane or bring them to friends ' house for show-and-tell. Mobile VR headsets are just too underpowered to compete with headsets like Quest 2. But if you need the cheapest headset possible, we think the Merge VR Headset is the best VR headset that uses the phone as its screen. Of seven cheap headsets we test, it offer best combination of low cost, comfort, and adjustability. It can also be used for augmented reality or paired with extras like Merges curated VR library or Cube augment-reality accessory. Quality wo blow your mind, but it is good enough for a few experiences. However, you should buy a mobile headset only if you are determined to try basic VR experiences as cheaply as possible. In most cases, point of using VR is to be transport to a virtual world where a movie or game feels nearly real. Mobile headsets are powerful enough to do that; They ca run high-end games or track your hands. Space has also seen an incredible amount of turmoil, with discontinuations of flagship headsets like Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR. Its hard to say which headsets will still be around next year. Mobile VR headsets can still make sense in certain niche cases, such as in education, real estate, or training scenarios where a lot of inexpensive headsets are needed. However, once you build in the cost of buying a phone to go with each headset, headsets like Quest 2 are actually cheaper.

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Best VR headsets

Valve Index Specs

Resolution1,440 1,600 (2.3MP) per-eye (LCD)
Refresh Rate80Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz
LensesDouble element Fresnel
Field of View~130 diagonal
Optical AdjustmentsIPD, eye-relief
IPD Range58-70mm
ConnectorsUSB 3.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 12V power
Cable Length5m + 1m breakaway
TrackingSteamVR Tracking 1.0 or 2.0 (external beacons)
ControllersValve Index controllers
AudioOff-ear headphones, 3.5mm aux output
MicrophoneDual microphone
Pass-through CamerasStereo 960 960

Though HPs Reverb G2 hasnt launched quite yet, it is worth keeping your eye on if you dont want to drop full 1 000 on Index but still want a dedicated PC VR headset. Reverb G2 should be on your radar, especially if youre are thinking of picking up a VR headset for seated PC VR games like driving and flight simulators thanks to its high resolution. When it comes right down to it, G2s defining feature is its class-leading resolution of 2 160 2 160. Thanks to collaboration between Valve and HP, G2 also borrows excellent headphones from Valves Index headset and will be the first headset to finally deliver improved Controllers compared to prior WMR headsets. Although the headset hasnt launched yet, our hands-on with the Reverb G2 prototype earlier this year had us very impressed with its clarity, and at 600 were definitely intrigue. Reverb G2 will begin shipping in November but pre-orders today are expected to be delivered until December. If you do mind waiting a few months to pick up new headset, it might be worth holding out for a verdict on G2. HP Reverb G2 works well with Windows Mixed Reality store, but very few VR applications are available there. Fortunately, a free and official plugin from Microsoft also makes it compatible with SteamVR content. If youre looking to play content thats exclusive to the Oculus PC library, you can use the free but unofficial Revive mod to play Oculus PC content on Reverb G2.

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Oculus Quest 2 Specs

Resolution1,832 1,920 (3.5MP) per-eye
Refresh Rate60Hz, 72Hz, 90Hz
LensesSingle element Fresnel
Field of View~90 diagonal
Optical AdjustmentsIPD, eye-relief (via included spacer)
IPD Range58mm, 63mm, 68mm
ProcessorSnapdragon XR2
RAM6GB
Storage64GB / 256GB
ConnectorsUSB-C
Battery Life2-3 hours
TrackingOculus Insight (no external beacons)
ControllersOculus Touch v3
AudioIn-headstrap speakers, 3.5mm aux output
MicrophoneYes
Pass-through CamerasYes

HP Reverb G2 Specs

Resolution2,160 2,160 (4.7MP) per-eye (LCD)
Refresh Rate90Hz
LensesSingle element Fresnel
Field of View114 diagonal
Optical AdjustmentsIPD
IPD Range60-68mm
ConnectorsUSB-C, DisplayPort, Power
Cable Length6m
TrackingQuad on-board camera (no external beacons)
ControllersReverb G2 controllers
AudioOff-ear headphones
MicrophoneYes
Pass-through CamerasYes

PSVR Specs

Resolution960 x 1,080 (1.0MP) per-eye (RGB OLED)
Refresh Rate90Hz, 120Hz
LensesSingle element non-Fresnel
Field of View100 diagonal
Optical AdjustmentsEye-relief
ConnectorsUSB, HDMI
Cable Length4.4m
TrackingStereo camera (external camera)
ControllersDualShock 4, PS Move, PS Aim
AudioEarbuds, 3.5mm aux output
MicrophoneYes
Pass-through CamerasNo
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Who should get this

Virtual reality can be an arresting way to step into engaging virtual worlds, even if it is still a new technology that remains far from being most people purchase. We think Oculus Quest 2 is the best headset for most people because it is the easiest to use and offers access to the widest range of games and experiences. However, Facebook owns Oculus, so youll need an account to use Quest 2. You can spend thousands of dollars chasing the best specs in VR headset, but we think comfort and ease of use are more important elements for most people who want to explore VR. With that in mind, Oculus Quest 2 is the clear winner. It combines good-enough specs with the ability to use it for free, but you can also plug it into computer, which opens up even more options for how and where you can use it. Controllers are intuitive and easy to hold. It can track you as you move around the room. And it doesnt take much time to set up. Additionally, Quest 2 has a wide selection of compatible content because you can download games, movies, and other experiences from both Oculus and SteamVR libraries. Virtual reality can make you feel like youve been transported to another worldor at very least like you are experiencing a wonderfully novel piece of technology. Short films, puzzles, social networks, and other types of VR entertainment are available. But if youre not into video games, only VR-ready medium that can offer hours of immersive entertainment, you may grow bored fairly quickly. With that in mind, only gamers or technophiles with fairly deep pockets should seriously consider VR setup at this time. Virtual reality games are different from games on traditional consoles like Xbox and PlayStation. Motion-tracking controllers, which bring your hands into virtual world, are more intuitive for beginners: Swinging a sword feels more like swinging a sword, throwing a mug at a robot feels like throwing a mug, ducking for cover can require real ducking. This makes play more immersive and intuitive than with regular video games, where your movements rely on your pressing the right combinations of buttons on the controller. For example, Ive never been a fan of Halo or Gears of War, but I immediately had fun playing shooter games on the VR. On the other hand, experienced gamer told me during testing that he was annoyed that VR still had a learning curve at all. If you decide to try VR, go in with an open mind and sense of adventure, and remember that it is still a developing technology. There are already some great VR experiences, like heart-pumping Beat Saber. But youre still basically a guinea pig helping developers figure out how headsets should be used. Expect your headset to become obsolete within a matter of years.

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How we tested

Download the tool from the official HTC VIVE website by clicking here. When you double click on it, you will get this welcome screen: as you can see, this tool already gives you a list of minimum specifications for VR-ready PC for virtual reality games. If you have an older PC, it is likely that it does not meet these requirements. Once you run the test, you will get results detailed as follow: Test results also prompt you to try the SteamVR Performance Test. By clicking on button, you will be taken to SteamVR Shop.

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Our pick: Oculus Quest 2

One of the most exciting but as of yet untapped bits of hardware in Quest 2 is the processor. While the original Quest launched with dated Snapdragon 835, Oculus effectively picked the highest-end processor they could for Quest 2, Snapdragon XR2. Not only is it significantly more powerful, it is also a make-for-VR chip which includes some additional features that make it even better for use in a VR headset. But it is going to take some time until we see XR2 really shining in Quest 2. On day one, Oculus said that Quest 2 will run an experimental 90Hz option which will run headsets main menu at that refresh rate. Games, however, will continue to run at 72Hz. Soon after launch, according to Oculus, company will make 90Hz mode default for the main menu and also allow developers to take advantage of the extra refresh rate, but that may well require per-app updates. The same thing applies to Oculus Link. On day one, if you plug Quest 2 into your PC to use Link, your PC VR content will run at 72Hz and have the same encoding quality as original Quest. Soon after launch, Oculus say, Quest 2 will be able to use Link at 90Hz and higher quality. So it is going to take some time before we see the full power of Quest 2. The good news is that most games can automatically take advantage of Quest 2s higher resolution, so that is one benefit that youll see right out of the gate, and it is a big one. Leap in resolution and framerate are among Quest 2s most meaningful improvements. Quest 2 has a per-eye resolution of 1 832 1 920 compared to the original 1 440 1 600. That nice jump already, but there is bit of an extra boost because Quest 2s LCD display has more sub-pixelswhich fill in the screen door effect even morethan Quests OLED display. On Quest 2, screen door effect is basically invisible. Pixels are too small to be seen individually; you can still see evidence of underlying pixel structure against flat colors, but it fades away against anything textured. The resolution differences are noticeable right away. Between the extra sharpness and smoother motion of the 90Hz display, stepping up to the menu in Quest 2 feels a bit more real than with the original Quest. As some know, moving from OLED to LCD comes with some downsides too. Most notably that LCD ca get close to the deep blacks that OLED can. Although it doesnt have those deep blacks of the original, it also has massively reduced smearing, which is arguably a worthwhile tradeoff because higher resolution doesnt mean much if you ca keep pixels from smearing often. Quest 2s lenses are effectively the same as the original. Theyre fresnel as before, and have the same issues with god rays as any modern fresnel lens. Oculus decline to share Quest 2s official field of view, but say it is equivalent to the original Quest.

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Flaws but not dealbreakers

Who this is for: Gamers who are interested in high-quality VR experience BUT dont own or dont want to be tethered to a PC, console, or Gear VR or Daydream-compatible phone. Why we Like It: Oculus Quest, best standalone VR headset, doesnt require tether to an expensive computer or gaming console. It is simpler and better to use-and available to more people-than Mobile VR headsets, which require you to use a compatible Android smartphone for their screen, processor and battery. Quest is also one of the first standalone headsets that can track you as you walk around the room: You can move in any direction or tilt your head to the side or backward, and your virtual body will do the same. WIth its 14401600 pixels per eye, maximum refresh rate of 72 Hz, and Snapdragon 835 processor, Quest represents a clear upgrade from our previous standalone VR pick and current budget pick, Oculus GO. Flaws BUT not dealbreakers: You wo find as many gaming and VR experiences available for Quest at the moment, BUT there is still plenty to do. When youre playing with friends, battery may run down faster, and it is also a little heavier than we prefer at 571 grams, BUT neither drawback particularly hinders the overall experience.

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Getting ready for VR

If you want to use Quest 2 or PC headset to their full potential, you need a powerful gaming computer and, ideally, empty room to set it up in. Both Oculus and HTC have pages featuring compatible VR-Ready PCs and bundles, and both list minimum and recommended PC specs for use with their systems. Both headset makers also offer tools that you can download to test whether your current PC is VR-Ready. Headsets have similar requirements, so a PC that works with one should work with the other. A desktop PC with bare-minimum specs to run VR headset costs about 800 without monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers. Its worth spending more if you can. If you prefer to build your own rig, IGN and Logical Increments offer decent parts lists for several budgets.

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Cheap

The Simplest VR headsets are just the cheapest, theyre also the most widely available. Over a dozen Cardboard-compatible headsets are on sale through Googles site, and others, like the more sophisticated version of the already excellent View-Master Cardboard design are on their way. Literal cardboard headsets have a limited lifespan, but theyre easily replaceable. Likewise, it is easy to find apps for Cardboard, even if the range of experience is limited. Vrse, Jaunt, Ryot, IM360, and other apps offer VR video, and there are a few individual apps worth checking out, like the clever think experiment Cardboard Crash and the Brickbreaker-esque game Proton Pulse. On Android, Google has even made its entire YouTube library viewable through Cardboard 360-degree videos play in full virtual reality, and normal ones play on VR simulacrum of a big-screen TV. And as Google pushes further into space, more options could be available in coming months.

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High End

April is going to be a huge month for high-end headsets. Oculus Rift ships at the end of March, and HTC Vive ships shortly thereafter, marking the first two high-end headset launches. Many people, though, might be getting their orders closer this summer. The Oculus Rift is heavily backordered, with a current shipping date of July for new buyers, though buying a PC bundle might get you one sooner. Vive preorders have just open, and were not sure how much inventory HTC is working with. Rift will appear in stores, but do count on seeing large quantities. If youre looking at PlayStation VR, timeline gets a bit longer. Weve recently heard that Sony will ship it this fall, and it is possible to hear the exact date at this year's Game Developers Conference, where the company has released VR news in the past. Sony introduced around 17 launch games last year, although developers have generally been more secretive about their plans than they have with Rift or Vive. And while there are free games bundled with headsets, Rift orders will come with platformer Luckys Tale for everyone and EVE: Valkyrie for preorders, and Vive preorder customers get Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraption, and Job Simulator. Everyone has also been pretty coy about how much youll pay to buy a game. Unless youre determined to be a super-early adopter, waiting a few months may well be the best option. Oculus and Valve have both line up several dozen titles for Rift and Vive, but the full catalog will take some months to come out, and it will take time to squash inevitable bugs that come with new releases. For Oculus Rift particularly, many of its best experiences like sculpting tool Medium wo work until Touch motion controllers ship later this year. And if you wait, hardware needed to run these high-end headsets will only get cheaper.

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