Because playing games the old-fashioned way isn’t merely as entertaining. If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in a gaming experience, a virtual reality headset is a good place to start.
Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to actually get in on the gaming action, using powerful motion sensors and teamed with a VR headset can catapult you into many worlds, all from your living room.
There’s two main types when looking for the perfect VR headset, standalone or tethered. Tethered models are connected to the PC or gaming console via a cable; popular tethered options include the PlayStation VR and the Valve Index VR. Standalone options don’t confine you with wires, but tend to give you less detail.
There were also smaller, less expensive VR headsets suitable for your mobile phone, however, these didn’t take off as much as the gaming ones – so are pretty hard to come by now.
Still wondering which is best for you? We’ve rounded up some of the top picks below.
Best VR headsets for 2020
1. DESTEK Phone VR Headset
There’s not many of these around anymore, but DESKTEK’s VR Headset is an affordable introduction to convenient virtual reality.
Whether it’s a 3D movie or VR gaming scenes, the headset works with a free app for your smartphone. The universal design is lightweight at only 320g, making it a good option for everyone.
Users are praising the battery life and surprisingly good quality of 3D effect movies.
Price: £51.99, Amazon – buy here now
2. Oculus Quest 2 64GB All-in-One VR Headset
Perfect for newbies to virtual reality, it’s a standalone system, with an expansive arsenal of games and immersive experiences. As it’s standalone you won’t be held back with wires, but you can separately buy a cable to plug it into your PC.
You’ll get stunning quality thanks to the high resolution. For under £300 it’s one of the top standalone headsets to think about investing in.
Price: £299.99, Argos – buy here now
3. PlayStation VR Megapack 2019
For Playstation’s VR experience you’ll obviously need a Playstation, 4 or 4 Pro.
Included in this Megapack is everything you’ll need, including a camera and five games to get stuck into and built in experiences to explore.
Price: £299.99, Argos – buy here now
4. Valve Index VR Kit
The Valve Index Kit is one of the pricier options out there, but if you read the raving reviews it’s not hard to see why. They’re usually pretty hard to get your hands on and can sometimes take up to six weeks to dispatch.
It’s PC compatible and features a notably faster refresh rate and more realistic gameplay interactions too.
Price: £919, Steam Powered – buy here now
5. Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
For VR users who’re more interested in PC gaming, the Oculus Rift is a top contender.
With improved optics, you’ll get stunning clarity and vivid colours to bring your games to life. Oculus Rift S also lets you play hundreds of games and exclusives experiences, that are already available in the Oculus Store, which regularly updates.
Price: £399, Amazon – buy here now
6. VIVE Cosmos Elite Headset
HTC’s Vive Cosmos has replaced the external base stations, instead utilising outward-facing cameras for wire-free motion tracking.
It works with SteamVR , but also has its own VR software store called Viveport, where you’re able to access a multitude of immersive games and experiences.
Price: £549, VIVE – buy here now
7. HP Reverb Virtual Reality Headset
HP’s VR Headset boasts some pretty cool features, perfect for the gamer in the house. It’s not the cheapest model out there, but it’s also not the dearest, sitting right in the middle of what you can expect to pay for a headset.
With an impressive 114° field of view, integrated spatial audio and dual smart assistant supported mics, you’ll get a fully immersive experience, with this super ergonomic design that keeps you comfortable and engaged for longer.
Price: £598.80, HP – buy here now
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