Best VR headset: Top 3 2019

Best VR headset: Top 3 2019

22nd August 2019 0 By Emma Thompson

Wanting to know what the best virtual reality (VR) headset is? This article will go through three of the best headsets currently on the market (2019). VR is a popular and exciting new venture in the gaming world that has gone mainstream in recent years. 

The biggest problem is often in choosing the best headset for your needs without breaking the bank. There are more and more different types of VR headsets hitting the streets such as the Valve Index. All come with different experiences and different requirements and software. 

Best VR headset 2019

VR headsets allow you to fully immerse yourself into your favourite game. Whether that is feeling like you are at the front of the largest rollercoaster or facing and battling zombies. Luckily for gamers, premium headsets made for PC gaming are becoming more affordable. But this then makes it more difficult to choose.

Valve Index

The Valve Index retails at a whopping $999, but with its ultra-crisp display and a high refresh rate, it is no surprise this is a popular choice for many. It is the next-generation VR headset we have all been waiting for. Its new displays run even with older GPUs and it has the widest field of view compared to any other headset. 

This VR headset allows gamers to take VR to the next level with its knuckle controllers that can track the movement of every single finger. It is expensive but the price is worth it for this next-gen headset with a higher resolution screen. However, there have been difficulties with the setting up process of the Valve Index. Updates and connections can cause issues and it is possible to find a new error every time it is used. 

Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest is one of the best standalone VR headsets on the market. For a much better price of $399, this headset is very different from the Valve Index. If you prefer to have the freedom and not be bound to cables or a PC, the Oculus Quest might be your best option. To use this headset you will not need a smartphone or gaming console, it works entirely from the headset. 

It is not perfect, however. Some users have reported that there is slight leakage through the lower section which can be off-putting when playing certain games. The charge also does not last for much longer than two hours. If you are an avid gamer who does not want to stop every few hours to wait for a device to charge then this headset will not be for you. However, if you are wanting good value and an easy to set up device then it might be worth checking out the Oculus Quest.

PlayStation VR

This would not be a proper review if it did not include the PlayStation VR. It is one of the most widely purchased VR headsets on the market due to its compatibility with the PlayStation consoles. It is affordable, weighing in at a reasonable $299 and has an array of game selections. By only needing the PS4 to use it, this VR is a great choice for those not wanting to spend a lot of money on the likes of the HTC Vive Pro high-end gaming PCs. 

The PlayStation VR has a fast refresh rate and has had no issues so far with head-tracking, delivering uninterupted gameplay. However, there can be additional costs involved with purchasing this headset. Certain bundles are sold separately and do not always include move controllers which all means the headset is a decent price, but the extras will add up.

Conclusion 

These have been our top three picks for the best VR headset 2019. They all have different features and price ranges but each will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of virtual reality. VR is an emerging technology with much more to bring and give to the gaming industry. Will they one day advance so we can feel sensory reactions? Only time will tell. 

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