Virtual reality games and VR technology have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering players a unique and immersive experience. VR games offer three-dimensional play with high-resolution graphics, which requires advanced technology but is not too affordable for many avid gamers.
PlayStation recently released its latest VR technology, PSVR2, which offers stunning 4K HDR visuals and unique sensations with its groundbreaking VR2 headset and VR2 Sense controller.
PlayStation’s new VR technology features headset vibration, 3D audio technology, intelligent eye tracking and finger touch recognition, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers from the PSVR2 controller. Every tiny detail that went into the development of the headset, controller and accompanying VR games comes at a heavy price.
While the PSVR2 offers excellent features, there are five VR headsets on the market that are comparable to the PSVR2 and could potentially save you a few bucks.
5. Meta Quest 2 image via Meta
The Meta Quest 2 is an easy-to-use, all-in-one VR headset and controller with twenty pixels per degree of vision. The headset also offers six degrees of freedom that track head and body movements without external sensors and 3D audio.
The controllers have improved ergonomics and a new thumb rest for more stability. Best of all, this VR headset is glasses compatible. So if you wear glasses, this VR headset might be for you.
4. PlayStation VR image via Sony PlayStation
While PlayStation VR doesn’t have PSVR2’s groundbreaking advanced technology, it still offers incredible 3D audio, 360-degree vision, a stunning OLED screen with smooth 120fps graphics, and precise tracking.
It also allows for backwards compatibility, meaning you can play multiple PS VR games on your PS5 console. This is an improvement over the PSVR2, which does not offer backwards compatibility.
3. HP Reverb G2 Virtual Reality Headset image via HP
The HP Reverb G2 Virtual Reality Headset delivers a next-level immersive VR experience. It now has improved controller tracking, a customizable face mask, and an exceptional combination of graphics and sound.
Additionally, the headset has been ergonomically designed for comfort and optimized for industry-wide compatibility, meaning it works with SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality.
2. Valve Index VR Kit image via Valve
The Valve Index VR Kit has everything you need to immerse yourself in the virtual world. While it’s more expensive than the PSVR 2, it comes with a headset, cables, power adapter, controllers, VR base stations, and mounting hardware.
The headset offers excellent display and graphics on its dual RGB LCDs and incredible audio quality. In addition, the controllers are designed for long-term comfort and the base stations offer the highest level of tracking with an improved range and better compatibility.
1. Image of the VIVE Cosmos Elite VR headset via Vive
The VIVE Cosmos Elite VR headset offers clear, high-quality graphics, ergonomic design, rich stereo audio and brand new LCD panels. Graphics are good considering it has a combined pixel resolution of 2880 x 1700.
SteamVR tracking and advanced controllers ensure precise in-game movements with more freedom. However, these controls must be purchased separately.