Guide to comparing VR headsets

Find the perfect headset through comparison

The number one question we get when it comes to VR is, "What virtual reality headset is the best?"

And to that question, we have one very clear answer:

It wholeheartedly depends on what you want to achieve from your device. You need to go back to the basics and look at your own needs before even looking at what's on offer.

In this guide we'll cover:

  • The different types of VR headsets to compare
  • The specs to compare
  • Using the comparison tools provided by VR Bound

 

There are many different types of VR headsets:

When talking about VR headsets, we need to know the kind of experience that you are looking for (because each type of headset offers something drastically different.)

 

Tethered PC

  • These are headsets that are physically connected to a powerful PC.
  • Currently, they can provide the best experience on the market with full 360 tracking

 

Smartphone

  • These are headsets that utilize your phone's processor and screen to provide VR.
  • They offer a limited experience compared to a headset that uses a PC, can only do limited tracking.
  • Often cost effective as it uses an existing mobile phone

 

Console

  • These headsets connect and utilise the power of your console.
  • These offer a better than average experience compared to mobile headsets but are not currently on par with PC connected headsets. 
  • They can only do limited tracking.
  • It can be cost-effective if the owner currently owns a compatible console.

 

Stand-Alone

  • A stand-alone VR headset requires no external connections and works on its own.
  • They are currently comparable to the quality and experience of smartphone headsets but are improving constantly. 
  • It can only do limited tracking.
  • It's convenient as it works straight out the box.

 

Wireless PC

  • These are headsets that connect to a powerful PC without the use of wires.
  • They are relatively new to the market and currently only available as an add-on to existing headsets. 
  • Future headsets may choose to embed this technology.
  • It's much more useful for room scale experiences

 

Here’s how you should start comparing headsets

Compare Headsets

 

Now you know the different types of headsets on the market, you should pick the kind that most caters to your needs with and start to look at what each specific headset offer.

For best results, you should use our comparison filters to select two headsets in a similar class.

 

These are the main specs you’ll most likely be comparing:

  • Price: Probably the most important factor in choosing a cost-effective headset for you

  • Display: The type of screen that is used. The better the screen, the better your experience will be.

  • Resolution: How many pixels are used per eye. The more pixels used, the higher quality the images are; pictures will have smoother edges and more detail.

  • Refresh Rate: How many frames the screen can display in one second. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother movements will be in virtual reality.

  • Platform: The system that is connected to the device. I.e. operating systems like Windows are considered platforms.

  • Field of view: How much of the virtual world you can see at a given moment. The wider the field of view, the more you can see without having to move your head.

  • Controller: Which controllers come with the headset.

  • Sensors: The types of sensors that are built in the headset.

  • Tracking area: How much of the space around you can be tracked by the sensors. The bigger the tracking area is, the more freedom you have to move in.

  • Built-in mic: Whether the headset includes a microphone or not.

  • Built-in audio: Whether the headset includes speakers, headphones or not.

  • Glasses compatible: Whether the headset can be worn with glasses or not.

  • Weight: How heavy the headset is in grams. The lighter, the better.

Don’t forget: When comparing ensure you check the minimum requirements to run them

Most, if not all headsets will have some sort of minimum requirements to run effectively. 

You should check on the headsets comparison table to see if your current hardware matches or is better than the suggestions.

 

On PC’s the minimum specs will be relevant to the: 

  • Graphics Card
  • CPU Memory
  • Video output
  • Connections
  • OS

 

And on phones the minimum specs will be relevant to the: 

  • Phone compatibility
  • Connections
  • OS
  • Min and max screen size

 

Using VR Bound to compare VR hardware

We’ve made it as easy as possible for you to compare all different types of VR hardware across VR Bound.

 

1. Navigate to headsets comparison page

Navigate to compare

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2. Filter by price, type, brand and specs using the sidebar

Filter headsets

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3. Select the add to compare checkbox on 2 headsets and click compare

add to compare

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4. View the side by side descriptions, specifications and reviews

View specs

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5. Click through to purchase the headset of your choice

Purchase headset

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Next Steps

Now you can jump in with the knowledge and confidence of knowing what you should be comparing and why. If you have a particular method that works for you, or you look out for different specifications, make sure to let us know ing the comments below.

 

 

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