The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best virtual reality headsets you can buy right now. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:
- Proven track record of user satisfaction
- Market penetration
- Not discontinued by manufacturer
1. Pansonite 3D
- DECOMPRESSION EQUIPMENT: The adjustable T-shaped straps reduce pressure by 30% around the face by balancing stress on the head. Fits different head sizes (both adults and children). Deep nasal bridge for comfortable feel.
- HEAT DISSIPATION DESIGN: Excellent heat dissipation with detachable iron cover and two ventilated holes on the sides. HD resin aspherical lenses provide an amazing visual fidelity and outstanding 3D experience. Soft and breathable leather pad keeps your eyes comfortable even after hours of watching.
- EASY TO FOCUS PD and OD: Pupil distance and object distance can be adjusted separately according to your need. Perfect for people with myopia under 500 degree. Easy to get natural eyesight within seconds. Reduce deformity and distortion, eliminate vertigo, and prevent visual fatigue effectively. No more dizzy feeling!
- PERFECT COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with all iPhones and Android phones measuring 4.7-6 inches such as iPhone 5/SE/6/6s/7/7 Plus; Samsung S5, S6, S6 Edge, S7, S7 Edge, Note 4, 5; LG G3, G4, G5, G6, V10, V20; Nexus 5, 6P, etc.
- PORTABLE BLUETOOTH REMOTE CONTROLLER: Compatible with Android, iOS, and PC systems. It can be used as a gamepad, media control shutter, and a Bluetooth selfie shutter [2 AAA batteries NOT included]
2. HTC VIVE
- FLEXIBLE PLAY AREA – Use VIVE seated, standing, or in a space up to 15 feet x 15 feet. SteamVR Tracking provides the best experience possible, so play the way that works for you.
- FULLY IMMERSIVE – The precise 360-degree controller and headset tracking provide realistic movements and actions, along with realistic graphics, directional audio, and HD haptic feedback in the virtual world.
- POWERED BY STEAM VR – Enjoy over 1500 games for SteamVR, plus everything you love about Steam, including new releases, automatic game updates, and millions of your closest friends.
- FREE CONTENT WITH PURCHASE – On Viveport, HTC’s global VR app store, get a free trial of a Viveport subscription, plus Google’s Tilt Brush, Everest VR, and Richie’s Plank with your purchase.
- PLAY SAFER – The Chaperone system warns you when you reach the boundaries of your play area and the headset’s front-facing camera gives you a glimpse of the real-world when you need it.
3. Oculus Rift
- Oculus Rift’s advanced display technology combined with its precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence.
- Customizable, comfortable, adaptable, and beautiful, Rift is technology and design as remarkable as the experiences it enables.
- Every aspect of Rift was designed to be easy, inviting, and comfortable to use – and that extends to the VR environment we’ve created as a starting point for your journeys.
- Discover and download games across genres ranging from action RPGs, sci-fi shooters, mind-bending puzzle games, and more – and play them from an entirely new perspective. Lucky’s Tale is included with every Rift purchase.
- Windows PC and an internet connection are required for Oculus Rift – please review recommended system specs.
- Requirement: Updated version of USB 3.0
- Turn your compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a completely portable and wireless virtual reality machine, with accelerometer, gyrometer, and proximity (mount/unmount detection)
- Easy to use touch pad with dedicated back and home buttons.
- Wide field of view, precise head-tracking, and low latency brings reality to the virtual – be transported to amazing new worlds in games, video, and images. Thousands of 360 degree panoramic photos.
- Compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge
- Virtual reality in seconds
- VR remote control
- 3D comfortably
- 5 year manufacturer warranty