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What are the differences between PC VR and standalone VR?

"Which glasses do I need?" is a frequently asked question in VR land. But answering this question isn't as easy as you might think. Ga je de VR-bril gebruiken om VR-games op te spelen, of wil je de bril bij groepen gaan inzetten om bijvoorbeeld 360 graden video™s te bekijken? Maar ook het feit of je wel of geen PC hebt, en of kabels wenselijk zijn of juist niet zijn belangrijk om mee te nemen in jouw oordeel voor de juiste VR-bril.

In general, there are two types VR:

  • Standalone VR: such as Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, HTC Vive Focus, Pico G2 4K.
  • PC VR: such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift S, HP Reverb G2, Valve Index.

Standalone VR (3 DOF vs. 6 DOF)

Standalone VR glasses are glasses that work without being connected to a computer. This makes the VR glasses very easy to use, because they are not attached to the PC with a cable. But the disadvantage of standalone VR glasses is that there is (generally) less graphic power in the glasses, and the VR content is limited to the mobile VR glasses. As a result, there are certain games or applications that you cannot play on standalone VR glasses, but on PC-controlled VR glasses.

Then within the standalone VR glasses you still have a difference between the number of degrees of freedom of movement (degrees of freedom, or DOF). The relatively simple VR glasses, such as Oculus Go and Pico G2 4K cover 3 DOF. This means that you can only move the VR glasses and the controllers up and down, and to the left and right. So you cannot physically walk through a room with 3 DOF glasses, but only look at something. This is usually not a problem for viewing a 360-degree video, because you are not physically moving here. But if you would like to physically walk through a simulation, you better opt for a 6 DOF headset, such as Oculus Quest or Pico Neo 2.

Pros and cons from Standalone VR

  • Can be used without a computer and without cables.
  • Generally lighter in weight than PC VR.
  • Cheaper than computer-controlled VR glasses.
  • Less graphics power than PC VR glasses.
  • Less accurate tracking method.
  • Available VR games and applications are more limited.

Examples of Standalone VR glasses

  • Oculus Quest & Quest 2
  • HTC Vive Focus Plus
  • Pico G2 4K (S & Enterprise)
  • Pico Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye
  • Skyworth VR S801

View our full range of Standalone VR glasses here!


PC VR glasses are - as the name suggests, connected to a computer. The advantage of PC VR glasses is that you use the graphics power of your computer (instead of the graphics power in the glasses, as with standalone VR). This allows graphically demanding applications to be displayed much more beautifully and smoothly. And because developers focus much more on developing PC applications, there are also a lot more VR games and other applications on the computer (for example via SteamVR).

Of course, PC VR glasses also have its drawbacks. For example, you must always have the headset wired to a computer (and sometimes to a power point) (with the exception of the HTC Vive Pro with a Vive wireless adapter). You will therefore always feel a cable above your headset. In addition, you also have the practical aspect of the computer. Naast dat de computer “VR-ready” moet zijn (en daardoor al wat kostbaarder wordt), moet de computer ook altijd in de buurt staan van de plek waar je wil spelen. When you have your own place to play this is usually not a problem, but if you are on the road a lot, or have to change your set-up constantly, this can be inconvenient.

Pros and cons from PC VR

  • Can play graphics games more beautifully and smoothly than standalone VR.
  • Larger (and better) range of VR games and other applications.
  • Space tracking is more accurate.
  • You always need a powerful (VR-ready) PC.
  • You are always connected to the computer with a cable.
  • The products are more expensive than just standalone glasses.

Examples of PC VR glasses

  • HTC Vive Pro & Pro Eye
  • HTC Vive Cosmos & Cosmos Elite
  • Oculus Rift S
  • HP Reverb G2
  • Valve Index
  • Pimax Artisan, 5K & 8K Plus

View our full range of PC VR glasses here!

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