Our Top 3 Recommended VR Headsets
So what’s the best VR headset for your next project? Well, it depends on a few factors.
Who is your audience? What sort of picture quality do you need? And, what level of interactivity do you want to achieve?
In terms of this last question, a more immersive experience tends to come with the higher range headsets, which – of course – affects that other all-important question: what’s your budget?
The Best VR Headsets Around
We take a look at three of what we consider to be the best headsets on the market at the moment. One high end, one mid range and an entry level option for you to choose from.
Price: just under £700
Okay, that price might be a bit dizzying, but you do get what you pay for. These VR headsets are designed for the ultimate immersive experience, featuring a 2160×1200 resolution combined with an extraordinary refresh rate for the clearest, crispest image.
The HTC Vive is one for the serious gamers. With the ability of room-scale gameplay, you can easily and safely negotiate both your physical and virtual environments. The motion tracking and control gestures are beautifully precise. In short, it’s probably the slickest of all the VR headsets around right now.
Samsung Gear VR
Price: £60 – £90
A great mid-range option, the latest Samsung Gear VR is the best choice for those who already have a Samsung phone, as it’s this device that powers the headset. Within the mid-range of the market, this is probably the VR headset with the best picture quality.
One of the best things about the Gear is its extensive library of VR content, which is really only likely to grow. Not only this, but you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s one of the most comfortable headsets around, and its buttons and layout are pleasingly ergonomically designed. Users report that it’s comfy to wear for long periods, and – unlike some others on the market – doesn’t squeeze your skull like some kind of torture device!
Great as the Samsung Gear is, however, there’s a risk that it might soon find itself overshadowed as Google steps up to the plate. The Android Daydream VR platform is on its way, and seeking to level the playing field by allowing handsets from a range of other manufacturers.
Price: £5 – £15
Okay, it’s pretty basic. Of course it is, look at the price. But, though it looks pretty modest, it does the job of turning your phone into a screen! It works with absolutely any mobile device and runs through the YouTube app. Couldn’t be simpler. However, being cardboard and everything, it doesn’t have a head strap, so does have to be manually held in place… which kinda limits the amount of time you can spend on it.
One more point about Cardboard: if you’re running a DM campaign, for example, or showing off your VR work at a conference or event, the cardboard casing can be easily branded. A nice touch, if you need it.
There’s already a nascent exciting market for VR headsets, with new releases coming up frequently. Things are great right now, and whatever you’re looking for from a VR headset, there’s every chance there’s already a solution on the market. Whilst it’s still early days, here at VMI, we are just really excited to see what else is coming up.