Review for 10 Best VR Headsets for 2017
Numerous people these days seem to consider that VR apps for Android and Apple smartphones are really fun. Therefore, taking on the plunge, we have compiled together a guide to top 10 VR headsets that are budget-friendly and offer excellent experience as well.
Remember that consumer VR hardware and software is at an infancy stage currently. And, these items offer just the beginning to the world of an immersive capacity of virtual reality. It simply means you can find unending fun and attractive games for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.
In order to have the best one, check for features such as the processors, gyroscopes and motion sensors of your smartphones. The fact is, the better specifications your mobile has, the smoother will be your virtual reality experience. There are various options to choose from. But, to find out the best VR headsets and know which one will fit you, you need to go through this article. Check out the countdown!
The HTC Vive has been introduced in association with Valve, the PC games giant. It works in collaboration with the mammoth gaming ecosystem of Valve. HTC has installed 70 sensors to create excellent 360-degree head-tracking experience with a 90Hz refresh rate. This helps in keeping the latency low which is a reason for causing motion sickness.
The notable feature that makes HTC Vive an excellent VR headset is the Lighthouse room track. This lets the user move around with the headset on. You can think this similar to mounting some sensors inside your house and still getting next level effect. The Vive was considered as the ruling champ of VR headsets for a long time. But, after closely comparing it to Oculus Rift and PS VR, it has been shifted to second place for various reasons. In spite of that, Vibe still was considered to be the best VR headset of 2016.
It also offers much better experience with HTC’s new peripherals that include the TPCast module for using it wirelessly, and the latest Trackers, that can turn it into a controller.
2. Sony PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR is one of the most favorite VRs for many. It is an excellent and most wanted PS4 accessory. There is nothing extra in the PS VR’s classification of quality. But, Sony PlayStation VR is much affordable; hence it is considered as a benchmark for mainstream console VR. Right from the beginning, there has been a continuous stream of new titles for it which include Resident Evil 7 as well.
Having less price and compatibility for PS4, the PlayStation VR can become big. However, it is said that the technology isn’t quite up to the mark as compared to its competitors.
IncrediSonic Vue Series VR headset
The IncrediSonic Vue Series VR headset is one of those VRs which has been designed for smartphones with screen size ranging from 4.7 inches to 6 inches. This indirectly means that even iPhone 6S can be accommodated with it. But, in case you want to use a small size phone (e.g. iPhone 5) you will require having a slot in the included widget.
The Vue is made with great attention to details. For instance, the package has a Bluetooth remote (which is compatible with Android only), batteries, 2 spare nose pads etc. It also has a microfibre cloth for cleaning the lenses. You can notice that there is no need to adjust the lenses, although getting perfect focus across the complete screen all time is a bit tedious.
Moreover, the Vue is comparatively more comfortable to wear, and its light weight (400gm) aids in that. But, while using it for prolonged periods can hurt your noses a little. Overall, the Vue is one of the best value VR headsets.
Archos VR Glasses
The Archos VR glasses are one of the cheapest VR headsets you can have, yet these offer a stronger Cardboard option for around a tenner. This VR viewer was initially marked at £25 but now has reduced in price. Well, £20 bucks can be a great deal for Android and iOS users with a sort of interest in mobile VR.
These VR glasses support almost all mobile phones. It even boasts that it can accommodate a 6-inch phone, for example, the Nexus 6. The gadget has no input buttons on its sides as there are on other headsets such as the Lake to the headset and Google Cardboard, but the build quality of Archos VR is solid.
Another unpleasant thing with Archos VR headset is the absence of foam padding that can be used to keep your nose comfy, but considering the less price, this omission is manageable.
The Oculus Rift has been developed by Palmer Luckey. The funding was done via Kickstarter but it got snapped up by Facebook for an amount of $2 billion. You can plug the Rift into your computer’s DVI and USB ports. It can track your head movements to offer 3D imagery on its stereo screens as well.
The consumer edition Rift has a 2160 X 1200 resolution and works at 233 million pixels per second. The refresh rate for the Rift is 90Hz. The high-tech stuff makes it comparable to the HTC Vive in terms of refresh rate. But, the rift lags behind PlayStation VR. However, the Rift VR can push a lot more pixels than Sony’s headset if the access to the power of the latest PCs is given to it.
Moreover, the Oculus Touch controllers that were introduced by the end of the year 2016 have pushed the Rift to a higher position in the ranking of the VR headsets. In other words, the Oculus Rift platform is one of the excellent VR headsets. Though the price is bit high, yet it is one of the best all-around VR headsets available in the market.
6. Samsung Gear VR
The latest Samsung Gear VR introduced into the market is much similar to its predecessor but it has some remarkable upgrades that make it worth. The hugely annoying lens fog can no more annoy you as the new vents are offered in the Gear. Also, there is more space inside the headset.
It is obvious that the visual experience of using the Gear VR Headset will be contingent on which model of Samsung smartphone you have. However, it has got several improvements compared to the actual headset irrespective of which Samsung handset you are using. Samsung has increased the viewing angle from 96 degrees to 101 degrees. Above that, it has also darkened the color to reduce the amount of glare and reflections.
The price of the latest Gear VR is nearly constant. You just require a compatible device such as Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge+ to plug in the VR headset.
7. Windows 10 VR
If you are inclined to the headsets of Rifts and Vives, then Microsoft’s plans for Windows 10 VR is worth mentioning. That is because the headsets from companies such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Acer are on the go to reduce the price of VR headsets for PC owners. It is estimated that the headsets will be on sale in the second half of this year 2017 at prices between $300 and $400. And, the Windows VR is claimed to work with PCs of modest specifications than the first regiment of headsets.
It is said that the Windows VR headsets will have a headband-style design, and have two depth sensing cameras installed at the front. These cameras will help in room-scale tracking without requiring extra sensors, It is also claimed that there will be some cross-platform applications for both Windows VR and HoloLens.
Google Cardboard or DODOcase
Google first announced its Cardboard VR headset earlier at I/O 2014. Though dashing a simple smartphone inside a cardboard box and later strapping it to the head may be same as a joke, but it has actually worked out. In fact, it is one the best way to experience virtual reality at low cost.
No doubt that today any smartphone comes with all the essential gyroscopic sensors and positioning systems to aptly track the movements of your head. Though there are many unofficial Cardboard headsets selling out there Google sells it VR Headset in its store.
9. Habor VR Glasses
The Habor VR Glasses is an updated version of the earlier Habor VR headset, which is now known as the ‘classic’ design. The noticeable change that you can see in the new Habor VR Glasses is the removal of the white trim on the front of it.
The Habor is a blend of marvelous as well mediocre features. The praiseworthy parts it has included the comfortable mock leather padding and the blue colored lenses. This combination makes longer sessions with very appreciably endurable than the other VR goggles in the market. The twin axis control of focal distance along with the phone distance too makes it comparatively easier to have the screen in bearable focus.
However, the headset does not have any built-in action buttons or bundled Bluetooth controller. In other words, it means that VR applications that need user input are left useless. Nevertheless, Bluetooth controllers can be bought from the market for around £7 and the features enjoyed.
The Razer’s OSVR cannot be considered a rival to the VR headsets of Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and Samsung Gear. Rather, it is designed to simplify the life of developers. They make apps for VR hardware, without any limitations from technical aspect getting their way, be it software or hardware.
The OSVR Hacker Developer Kit 2 has a 2160 x 1200 dual OLED display that makes it compete with the big names. But, still, there are few comfort issues that need to be worked upon.