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The Best VR headsets of 2021

Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are becoming more and more popular. Not only companies, but also Consumers are starting to adopt Virtual Reality more and more in daily life. For example, a Virtual Reality headset can be used to play a relaxing game, but a VR headset can also be used to socialize (online) with friends.

But which VR headset is the best? And which one is best for which purpose? In this blog we list the most popular VR headsets of the moment and explain what you can best use them for.

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Oculus Quest 2 (Standalone VR)

The Oculus Quest 2 is the undisputed champion of the moment. Oculus, part of parent company Facebook, has worked hard to make virtual reality mainstream with the release of the Oculus Quest 2. Because of the ease of use (the headset can be used completely without a computer and without cables) in combination with the relatively low purchase price (64GB is available from €349), the Oculus Quest 2 is the ultimate VR headset for anyone who want to delve further into the Virtual Reality world.

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HP Reverb G2 (PC VR)

The HP Reverb G2 is the successor to the previously released VR headset from HP. Features of this headset is that these are the VR glasses with the highest possible image resolution at the moment. With no less than 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye, there is little or no noticeable effect of the 'screen-door effect'. In addition, the HP Reverb G2 uses built-in tracking sensors, eliminating the need to set up external sensors. The Reverb G2 is therefore particularly recommended for users who want to use the headset in a simulation racing game.

HP

HTC Vive Pro 2 (PC VR)

The HTC Vive Pro 2 is the newer variant of the HTC Vive Pro. The headset has some minor upgrades compared to its predecessor, such as a higher image resolution (5K) and a wider field of view (120 degrees).

The HTC Vive Pro 2 is a VR headset that uses outside-in tracking. This means that you should always use the headset with external tracking sensors. The headset is therefore less mobile to use than, for example, an Oculus Quest 2 (standalone) or the HP Reverb G2 (inside-out tracking), but has the advantage that the tracking is a lot more accurate. In addition, it is also possible to use an HTC Vive Tracker, with which you can achieve full-body tracking.

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Sony PlayStation VR (Console VR)

If you already have a PlayStation (4 or 5), then the Sony Playstation VR Headset a logical choice. The headset can be connected directly to the PlayStation, and you can immediately use the functionalities of the glasses. Using the headset is easy and there are a lot of fun games available.

The PlayStation VR Headset can be used with special Motion Move controllers, but can also simply be linked to the standard PlayStation controller. As a result, the VR headset can really be seen as an 'extension' of the console.

Sony

BoboVR Z6 (Smartphone VR)

If you're looking for a first-ever VR experience, the BoboVR Z6 a good choice. You can put your smartphone in this VR headset and watch a 360-degree video, for example. This is a nice first experience, but be aware: a smartphone VR experience is very different from a real Virtual Reality experience, such as with the Oculus Quest 2. With a smartphone VR headset such as the BoboVR Z6 you will mainly watch static 360-degree videos, while with virtual reality glasses such as Quest 2 you are really in a virtually simulated and interactive world.

BoboVR

HTC Vive Focus 3 (Standalone VR)

The HTC Vive Focus 3 is the latest released VR headset on this list. However, this is a bit strange, because the Vive Focus 3 is really only suitable for companies and business users. The hardware, such as the internal processor and the way of tracking, are very good, but HTC has clearly made the choice to focus the headset more on enterprises. This is particularly reflected in the range of VR applications and games. There are (currently) few standard games available for this headset. However, there are more than enough handy applications available for companies that want to use the headset, and HTC is encouraged to put its own software on the headset.

HTC

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which Virtual Reality (VR) glasses are the best to buy?

    This depends on what you want to do with the VR headset. For example, the Oculus Quest 2 is a good choice if you are looking for your first VR glasses to get acquainted with virtual reality, but the HP Reverb G2 can be a better choice if you want high-end (simulation ) want to play games.

  • What should you pay attention to when buying a VR headset?

    In general, with a VR headset you look at the following functions: resolution, refresh rate, field of view and way of tracking. But, for example, the software and the gaming platform can also make a difference. For example, with a PC VR headset such as the HTC Vive Pro 2 and the HP Reverb G2, you have a wider range of games than with a standalone VR headset such as Oculus Quest 2.

  • How expensive is a VR headset?

    The prices of VR headsets can vary greatly. This has to do with the functionalities of the glasses, among other things. Smartphone VR headsets start at €20, while a PC VR headset usually starts at (about) €500. The Oculus Quest 2 is currently the best entry-level model if you're looking for a VR experience. This VR headset starts at €349.

  • I've never had a VR headset on before. Which glasses should I buy?

    For a very first experience, a Smartphone VR headset like the BoboVR Z6 is a fun experience. You can use a phone here and watch a 360 degree video. If you are looking for a real virtual reality experience, the Oculus Quest 2 is recommended. Are you going to play games with the glasses and do you already have a powerful computer? Then you can consider the HP Reverb G2.

  • Are all VR headsets for sale at Unbound VR?

    Of course! Unbound VR has the largest selection of VR headsets and accessories in Europe. And are you looking for a VR headset or accessory that we don't have on our webshop? Please contact us so that we can find out whether the product can still be delivered!

Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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