Guide for Buying VR Headsets of 2017

Virtual reality has been in existence for quite a while now. Virtual reality uses headsets in combination with multi-projected environments to simulate real experiences. In virtual reality, a user gets to experience and interact with a different environment from the one they are in physically. 201 has seen an explosion of VR headsets into the market. With many options available, it can be tricky to decide which brand or model to buy. Here is a guide for choosing the best VR headsets.

Mobile versus tethered VR headsets

Mobile: VR headsets are either used with a computer or with a mobile device. Mobile VR headsets are boxes with lenses into which you place your smartphone. The VR lenses split the screen into two images for your eyes, and in so doing the device simulates reality for you with the media that will be playing. The most common mobile VR headsets are Google Day Dream and Samsung Gear VR. 

Tethered: Phones are not designed for VR, and so you might not get the best virtual reality experience with mobile VRs. This is where tethered headsets come in. Headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are usually connected to a computer via a cord. Tethered VR headsets do not require you to place them directly on your face. Tethered VRs also feature built-in motion sensors and a camera tracker; all these make the virtual reality experience better. 

Price range 

VR headsets all have varying rates depending on brand and model. Most mobile VR headsets can be found at the cost of around $100. Tethered VR headsets are much expensive; the cheapest can be acquired at $400. 

The Google Cardboard VR headset goes for $15 only on Amazon. The HTC Vive is a high-end VR headset that costs well over $ 700. 

Platform to use VR headsets 

Not all VR Headset models are compatible with all mobile devices and PCs. The Samsung Gear VR will not work on an iPhone, for instance. The Oculus Rift on its part needs a powerful Pc for virtual reality gaming. 



If you want to dive into virtual reality using your mobile phone, consider the Moto Z, Google Pixel, or Samsung Galaxy S8. If you are using a virtual reality gaming console, the Sony headsets are what you should choose. 

The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are suitable for VR experience on a PC. To use them you need a PC rig that enables virtual reality gaming. 

Affordable VR headsets 

These virtual reality headsets are suitable for those looking for simple interactive gaming. Here are some of the affordable virtual reality headsets in the market in 2017. 

Google Day Dream: It goes at under $80 on Amazon. It works well with Android smartphones, and the user can get explore various virtual reality games from the Day Dream App. 

Samsung Gear VR: It goes for under $130 on Amazon. For the better use, you need a handheld motion controller with this headset. 

Homido: It goes at under $50, and can be used with both Android and iOs devices. This headset will enable you to play virtual reality games from the Google Play Store and iTunes. For a better virtual reality gaming experience, you may need to buy additional GamePad for use with the Homido. 

High-end VR headsets 

High-end VR headsets are pricey, but they provide a better virtual reality simulation. Below are some options you might consider buying: 

Oculus Rift: It goes for over $300, but it offers an unparalleled experience in virtual reality. You can play VR games from Oculus, a gaming app that has become so popular with VR gamers. Oculus Rift features OLED panels with 2160 x 1200 resolution. 

Play Station VR: This one goes for slightly over $300 on Amazon, but it is the best VR headset for gamers. Play Station VR can only be used on consoles using a controller. Users also have to buy a PlayStation Camera to use with the PSVR. 

HTC Vive: At over $700, HTC Vive is the most immersive VR headset in the market. HTC Vive is available for both PC and Mac. HTC VR headsets require a computer with a powerful graphics card for a seamless gaming experience. HTC features immersive OLED panels with 2160 x 1200 resolution.

Final thought

Armed with the above information, you are now better placed to make the right choice when buying VR headsets.