The Best VR Products
The world of VR products are often depicted like something out of a Sci-Fi novel, and yet they're now actually affordable and user-friendly. From mobile units to PC and gaming consoles, everyone is jumping in on the action. Gaming and visual storytelling, however, remain the driving force behind loads of new headsets and technology. Companies like Disney are partnering with VR, creating storytelling experiences like never before, while Nintendo is in the process of developing a headset for the Switch. With so many options available, it's becoming difficult to separate the best VR products versus the underwhelming products. With that said, read on to discover the most sought-after VR headset products on the market.
One of the most popular VR products is the Oculus Rift. Featuring an OLED panel with a 1080x1200 resolution, the Rift also offers a low persistence of 2 milliseconds per frame in combination with a high refresh rate. This creates a smooth viewing experience, free of lines and blurry images. In addition, the Oculus Rift now comes with new Touch controllers, enhancing the overall VR experience. With the new hand-held controllers, the Rift is available at a starting price of $499, and $399 without. Deals on the Oculus Rift are available on Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg for $349, priced $50 lower than manufacturer prices. A future version of the Oculus Rift called the Rift S, is on the horizon, and is expected to include onboard cameras with inside-out tracking to improve upon the tracking in the current Oculus Rift model.
Another great options is the HTC Vive VR headset. The Vive is a tethered headset which can only be used with a high-powered gaming PC, but for many, it's worth it. The major difference between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is in the tracking. Featuring two black boxes called Vive Base Stations, the tracking system encompasses a 15x15 foot radius while creating a 360-degree view. The stations are synced wirelessly and the experience is nothing short of breathtaking. Prices for the Vive start at around $500 and can reach up to $800 depending on the number of accessories added. However, Newegg is running deals starting at $425, Walmart is at $508, and Amazon runs from $450-$500 with the lower end pricing being refurbished models. The HTC Vive is also available with accessories like their Hyper Blaster (gun lookalike controller), a racquet for a variety of sports games, and regular controllers similar to the Rift Touch.
VR headsets aren't just for PCs or gaming consoles, as many users prefer mobile units. Priced slightly higher than other VR mobile headsets (around $199 for 32GB and $249 for 64GB), the Oculus Go stands apart from its competition in terms of quality and it's also able to sync with both iPhone and Android mobile devices. Typically used in a sitting or non-moving standing position, the Oculus Go features hundreds of apps along with an extremely sharp 2,560x1,440-pixel LCD display. It's comfortable and lightweight, creating a truly virtual experience for the user. Best Buy has the Oculus Go priced at $199 but offers monthly payments as an alternative of only $33.17. Amazon, Walmart, and Newegg also have the Oculus Go priced at $199.