Best Virtual Reality Headsets 2018 – Buyers Guide

It’s easy to get shopping when there are so many variations of virtual reality headsets and finding the best virtual reality headset is difficult.  On top of this, virtual reality glasses can be confusing with the different models. As such, we hope you will appreciate our seven Best Virtual Reality Headsets for 2018. We’ll explain why we picked them and why you’ll love them.

First, we’ll go over the best virtual reality headsets before moving on to the tethered gaming headsets.

Best Virtual Reality Headsets

  PlatformIncluded ControllerPrice
Virtual reality appsDESTEK V4 VR HeadsetMobileSold separately
Mobile VR, Best Bang For Your BuckUltralight VR HeadsetMobileBluetooth remote
 best headset for Google PixelGoogle OEM Daydream ViewMobileDaydream View
Samsung Gear VR headsetSamsung Gear VRMobileGear VR
ps4 virtual realityPlayStation VRGamingMove Motion
Best overall VR headsetOculus RiftGamingOculus Touch
Best Virtual VR headsetHTC ViveGamingVive Controller

Now, There is a key difference between mobile virtual reality and tethered virtual reality.

Firstly, mobile virtual reality headsets are simply a head strap for your phone. These headsets have no actual hardware inside and simply hold your phone still.

Virtual reality apps are what make the virtual reality effect to work and do so by using the inner gyroscope of the cellphone to detect what direction you are facing. Hence, the VR experience is limited to the smart phone’s processing capabilities.

As such, these mobile virtual reality headsets are for people that are on a budget, want a simple setup, and want to experience virtual reality. With these mobile virtual reality headsets, you can watch a 360 virtual reality video as well as view 360 pictures and also you can play some lower quality (but still fun) virtual reality games.

For those of whom crave something more, that’s where tethered headsets come in. These headsets use the processing power of a PC/console along with camera sensors to deliver crisper and cleaner graphics along with fluid moments. As such, they give a more immersive experience into the virtual world.

Don’t get me wrong though, we love mobile virtual reality headsets as they are travel-friendly. However, I would say tethered virtual reality is the cream of the crop for VR with its higher quality experience. But now that you know the difference, let’s get to the products, and decide which is best for you.

Mobile VR, Best Bang For Your Buck.

The DESTEK V4 VR Headset is simple and universal to almost all smartphones and is priced well for 25.99!

Since Apple does not make a virtual reality headset like Samsung and Google, this would be the best option for iPhone virtual reality goggles. It is a comfortable and sleek device which allows almost anyone with a smartphone to experience VR. Don’t forget to get some virtual reality games for the iPhone.

The Destek V4 VR Headset is compatible with iPhone X 8, 7, 6/6s plus, Samsung s6 s7 s8/Plus/Edge Note 8, and pretty much any Smartphone with 4.5 – 6.0in Screen. For instance, the large iPhone plus models are 5.5 inches, so it’ll fit a big phone with no problem.

We recommend this headset for people that don’t want to spend much money on a headset while still, getting the sleek design and functionality of a nice VR headset.

Key Features

Comes with a Bluetooth remote control option for 10 dollars more

Adjustable T head strap

Conductive touch button(this is for games that support trigger features, like shooting a virtual gun for example)

 Nice little gap on both sides for headphone use

Adjustable pupil and object distance for great focus adjustment

Comes with a soft carrying bag.

Pros
  • Best iPhone virtual reality headset
  • Cheap
  • Nice design
  • Comfortable strap and face materials
  • Mobile VR headsets are pretty portable so you can take them anywhere
  • With a wide range of supporting phones, it can be the perfect gift.
  • Cool touch trigger button that allows you to play trigger games
Cons
  • Resolution limited to your phone
  • Adjustable pupil lenses lack wide range and are slightly flimsy

Best Rated Mobile Virtual Reality Headset (Consumer Favorite)

Ultralight Virtual Reality Headset with Stereo Headphones.

With 326 customer reviews and an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, this universal Virtual reality headset won’t disappoint at $44.99.

This is a well built, lightweight Virtual Reality headset. Included with the set are comfortable built-in headphones you can connect to your mobile devices.

We recommend this headset for people that still don’t want to spend much money on a VR headset, but still want to get something reliable with the backing of many customer reviews.

One thing that was special about this virtual reality headset is the open air style that allows easy access to your phone and provides ventilation so your phone won’t overheats (with all the processing power your phone is doing with the VR applications, it’s a good thing its ventilated!)

Key features

Focal distance adjustment knob

Pupil distance adjustment knob

720 degree surround sound stereo headphones

Open air style so phones that overheat easily won’t overheat

A soft mesh adjustable head strap

Comes with Bluetooth remote control

Pros
  • Great positioning of volume up/down and play buttons
  • Extremely Comfortable
Cons
  • Sadly, it lacks a button for trigger games and to navigate through the touchscreen
  • Connectivity problems

Best Google Virtual Reality Headset for Google Pixel

Google OEM Daydream View is the best headset for Google Pixel Users!

This headset is surprisingly simple to use and doesn’t require much setup.

Google designed this headset to be as simple as strapping a phone to a mask and the phone does the rest.

We recommend this virtual reality headset for people who don’t like complicated features that many headsets have and are willing to pay a little bit more. $99.99 to be exact. As per the title of this specific item, it is primarily meant for the Pixel phone. The Google OEM Daydream View is also compatible with a few other phones such as the Galaxy S8 & S8+, Galaxy Note8, LG V30, Moto Z & Z2, ZenFone AR, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7.

Key features

Adjustable head strap

Remote controller

Pros
  • Comfortable Design
  • Super simple to setup and attach a phone to use
  • Plug and Play
  • Daydream application provides great quality VR applications
Cons
  • Daydream application isn’t fully developed but has great potential
  • Controller sometimes drifts in Virtual Reality

Best Virtual Reality Mobile Headset for Samsung Devices

Samsung Gear VR w/Controller (2017) latest edition.

The Samsung Gear VR headset is the way to go if you own a Samsung phone.

(Samsung Galaxy USB Type-C models: Note8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+; and Micro USB models: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+.)

While it is pricey, at around 100 dollars, this Virtual Reality headset actually connects to your phone through the charging port. This perfectly syncs with your device, giving a much more wholesome experience. Once you use this headset you can’t go back to the “universal headsets.” 

We recommend this headset for the best virtual reality experience on Samsung phones!

Key features

Focal distance adjustment

Connecting port and locking adjustment for your phone

Comfortable T strap

Companion controller

Pros
  • Flawless integration with Oculus Application
  • Very comfortable
  • Companion controller is very easy to use and makes the VR experience much more enjoyable!
  • Exclusive games
Cons
  • Foggy lenses with extended use

Moving on to tethered gaming Virtual Reality Headsets.

PlayStation 4 VR

PlayStation 4 VR headset

PlayStation VR is an amazing product and is for someone that wants to get into ps4 virtual reality.

Buying a PC for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive would not make sense if you already have a ps4 (ill get into this later). Please note that the PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality does not come with the PS4 Camera nor the PlayStation Move Motion Controllers.

You’ll need to purchase the camera for your gear to work properly and it’s strongly recommended to for the full experience. As such, we’ll link the VR gear alone if you don’t want a game bundle and a bundled game version.

The PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality is amazing because of the mainstream supported virtual reality games that you can be immersed in such as Skyrim, Resident Evil, Doom, and many more in the PlayStation Store. Although this virtual reality experience is not as crisp as the more expensive PC models, It’s still incredible. Alongside the controller and camera, this peripheral will only enhance your PlayStation experience and is worth the money for the journey into Virtual Reality.

The game bundle is HERE, while the Virtual Reality headset is Here.

Key features

920 x RGB x 1080 OLED display

Field of view 100 degrees(how much of an area is being seen at one time left to right)

Up to 90 Hz refresh rate

Comes with Processor Unit, connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, Stereo headphones, AC power cord, AC adaptor, PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, and Skyrim VR game.

Pros
  • The cheapest VR gaming experience
  • Great variety of games
  • Very simple setup
  • Supports glasses
Cons
  • Non-crisp visuals
  • Move controllers and camera are not included
  • Doesn’t support room scale VR (stand and walk immersion)
  • Tracking bugs
  • Wires are a little cumbersome

Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is a higher quality VR  headset that is meant for sitting down.

Please note, this headset requires a good PC. An NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater Graphics Card is required, along with at least 8GB+ of DDR4 RAM or more. Less than this and you won’t get the most out of your virtual reality experience.

The setup, in comparison to the HTC Vive, is quite simple and should take a few minutes tops. Playing games with the Oculus Rift is smooth and dynamic, thanks in part to the 2 sensors to track your movement. As such it is a step above the PlayStation VR.

The Oculus Rift also has a nice bonus of 6 games. These are Lucky’s Tale, Robo Recall, Dead and Buried, Quill, Medium and Toy Box. They’re fun and interesting, with the added bonus of you being able to plug and play immediately. While they’re not as high quality as others, its a nice unique bonus only to this headset.

Key features

high quality built-in headphones, although you can plug in your own

6DOF(3-axis rotational tracking + 3-axis positional tracking) through USB-connected IR LED sensor, which tracks via the “constellation” method

2160 x 1200 resolution display

Built in microphone

Two comfortable high tech controllers

Field of view: 110 degrees

90 Hz refresh rate

Pros
  • Very Comfortable design
  • Supports Steam VR
  • Built-in Headphone Quality
  • Controller movement
  • Simple Setup
  • Very high-quality visuals
Cons
  • No rechargeable batteries
  • Doesn’t allow room scale VR

HTC Virtual Reality Headset – Vive

The HTC Vive provides one of the best virtual reality experiences that you can own in your living room (living room, or a master bedroom).

The Vive virtual reality headset allows for walking around (up to 15X15 feet!) along with the ability to look in front and behind you with your whole body! And if you’re worried about running into objects in your living room, it has a built-in camera which will notify you should you get to close to any real objects. Its really unique but does require some more time-consuming setup which can be a pain should you decide to set up and take down many times. On top of this, it’s expensive.

Like the Oculus Rift you do need a high-performance PC to have the smoothest experience, so don’t get this without one. As such, this is rated as one of the best virtual reality headsets for people willing to spend money on both a PC and VR headsets.

If you want the best virtual reality machine and experience out there, then you will not be disappointed with the HTC Vive.

Key features

2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye

90hz REFRESH RATE

Field of view: 110 degrees

Lighthouse (2 base stations emitting pulsed IR lasers)

3.5 mm audio jack for headphones

Built-in microphone

SteamVR wireless motion tracked controllers

Front-facing camera – enabling users to view the external world and a key component of the device’s ‘chaperone’ safety system.

Pros
  • Supports stand and walk (Roomscale VR)
  • Safety chaperone system that alerts when close to real objects
  • Very fluid immersion
  • 360-degree play
Cons
  • Chaperone system does have its flaws, you can still swing and accidentally hit something without warning.
  • Dizziness with stand and walk feature
  • Price
  • Difficult Setup

For a quick recap, we talked about the differences between mobile virtual reality headsets (phone attached hardware that relies on the phone’s screen and gyroscope to let you be able to experience virtual reality) and tethered virtual reality headsets (hardware that already has a screen built in and is tethered to a pc or game console that is meant for more advanced VR gaming), and showed you the best options for both versions.

Although there are many versions of mobile headsets, there are only three main tethered or gaming virtual reality headsets; the PlayStation 4, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.

The PlayStation 4 virtual reality is meant for mainstream games and is the cheaper option if you don’t own an advanced PC and the hardware is a tad bit dated. The Oculus Rift is for players that like to sit down in virtual reality and is more advanced than the PlayStation VR, and if you already own a well build PC this would be the next cheapest option. And finally, the HTC Vive is for people that want the complete stand and walk Virtual reality experience, where this headset lacks in affordability it definitely makes up for performance and immersion! Whether you love it or hate it, virtual reality is here to stay and we hope you enjoyed our buyers guide on the best virtual reality headset.

 

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