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30 Best VR Headsets (2017) are only one way ticket to the virtual world

Best VR Headsets 2017

This post is about devices which can take us anywhere we want for e.g. fly in space, or deep dive in ocean, or stand on top of a mountain, or simply sit on a beach enjoying the waves. These devices can create an illusion around us which is just real.

The more real it is the more expensive these machines are. They do that just like nature does it i.e. by stimulating our senses and the world where they take us is called as the virtual world, and what we experience is called as “virtual reality” which is the temporary reality for us. The devices which do this are called “Virtual Reality Headsets” or VR Headsets in short , or sometimes as virtual reality set.

We will see 30 such magical pieces of hi-tech hardware and software based great looking devices and see how the features are different and how features change with price.

Irrespective of whether they do or don’t do certain things, these are the top rated vr headsets in the lot of tens of hundreds of VR headsets.

So let’s start from the most expensive among these.

Below devices are below $4000

Microsoft Hololens Development Edition, Price $3808.48

Microsoft Hololens Development Edition

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This works very differently than others. Microsoft calls it as mixed reality which is something similar to augmented reality but not exactly same. By using this VR headset the user can interact with high definition 3D holograms by scaling them to the real world context. This allows the user to interact with both, the hologram as well as the real world. For example, a digital (3D hologram) dog scaled up to the size of the real dog is sitting near my chair right now as I’m typing this post. I can play with the dog (other than touching it) as well as type this. This headset is a development edition and so it is a very new VR headset.

Key features:

  • You can interact with the holograms in three ways gaze, gesture and voice.
  • The weight of this headset is distributed around; therefore it reduces pressure on nose and ears, making it comfortable to wear.
  • There is an adjustment wheel in this headset which changes its diameter of the head ring. So, it can fit large number of adults.
  • It has transparent high definition holographic lenses and a highly advanced optical projection system. These two works together to create multi-dimensional color images within fractions of a sec, thereby making it feel very real.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Yes
  • Resolution (per eye): Not Applicable
  • Weight: 579 g
  • Field of view: Not Applicable

At roughly $4000 it was really expensive but it was wow. Isn’t it?

Now we have VR headsets which are below $1000.

HTC VIVE VIRTURAL REALITY SYSTEM, Price $999.99

HTC VIVE VIRTURAL REALITY SYSTEM

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This VR system is the result of partnership between HTC and Valve. HTC VIVE is one of the most popular and most respected VR systems. Every single reviewer including us gives it 5 stars. It has the next level of virtual reality. This is one of the best VR headsets 2017.

Key features:

  • With room-scale gameplay feature, Vive takes virtual reality to a whole new level. Just turn this on, and walk around within a specific area and Vive will track you and your movements and respond accordingly and you will be interacting with virtual object like in real world. For example you throw a (virtual) ball, .a (virtual) dog runs and gets the ball to you, and you bend and take the ball from the dog’s mouth, and throw it again. This time harder, so ball goes more distance…..
  • It has two wireless motion controllers, one for holding in each hand. With this you will be able to interact with the virtual objects by hand movements, which makes these interactions more natural.
  • The lighthouse sensors track the wireless controllers and the headset within the room scale and transfer this information to the console for console to take appropriate action in the virtual world.
  • For users comfort, it has multiple adjustments for eye strain, for example you can change lens distance and IPD to make VR fitting your vision.
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Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: It has totally 70+ sensors. Using a combination of these it can track head moments as less as one tenth of a degree.
  • Resolution (per eye): 1080 x 1200
  • Weight: 555 g
  • Field of view: 110 degrees

 

Lsnda VR Headset, Price $860

Lsnda VR Headset

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This VR headset doesn’t have phone holder. Rather is one of those VR headsets which are packed with external connectivity modules. This enables the user to experience content, app or game from any source or medium, not only restricted to just phone.

It is one of the highly priced VR headsets currently.

Key features:

  • It gives the experience of seeing everything on a 200 inch screen from a distance of 20 meters.
  • It has HDMI IN port so you can connect to HDTV, PC, Xbox, PlayStation etc.
  • You can watch 3D movies on your computer.
  • The parts touching the face are made up of soft, breathable and non skin irritating materials.
  • It has panorama feature which together with the surround sound gives an impressive immersive feeling.
  • You can sync audio and video which means that with this headset as 3D glass, you will be able to watch movies on your computer and see those movies as 3D through this headset.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Gravity, Geomagnetism and 9 axis Gyroscope
  • Resolution (per eye): 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: Approx 500 g
  • Field of view: 124 degrees

 

Avegant Gylph Headset, Price $960.00

Avegant Gylph Headset

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Avegant claims that Gylph is the world’s first personal theater. It really looks exactly like a headphone; therefore using it is no problem because you know it already for listening to audio. If and when you want to see the video also, then just flip it in front of your eyes. That’s it. No wonder that it is highly acclaimed by several well respected organizations and companies such as engadget, TIME, the verge etc. It has also received the editors choice aware in CES 2016.

So let’s see what it has which makes watching any video from it feel like watching it on a 60 inch TV.

This is the first VR which doesn’t have any screen which makes it a really new VR headset.

Key features:

  • It can easily plug into any device having video out. Otherwise one simple adaptor will do the job. This means that the range of devices with which this will work is amazing which includes mobile phones, tablets, PCs, TVs, Games like Xbox, PlayStation, and so on.
  • It doesn’t have any screen. Rather the picture is made by reflecting light on to its 2 million microscopic mirrors. This reflected light creates a very natural visual feel for the user.
  • It can be used both as a traditional headphone or video device. Even if it is used like headphone, still you will enjoy its high resolution and rich audio.
  • Because it can connect to several devices you can use it for all video related use-cases such as video playback from TV or streaming, gaming from consoles or PCs, and other very special use cases such as seeing what your drone is seeing., and watching 3D and 360 contents.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: 9 Axis IMU
  • Resolution (per eye): 1280 x 720
  • Weight: 5 g
  • Field of view: Approx 40 degrees diagonal

 

DeePoon M2 All in one VR Headset, Price $649.00

DeePoon M2 All in one VR Headset

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DeePoon is a Shanghai based company working in virtual reality. It has a content distribution platform, 3Dbobo, which the company says, is a rich and happening place with more than 1.5 million VR enthusiasts.

Key features:

  • It has a 5.7 inch AMOLED screen, which together with after-glow reduction, gives very fast performance for screen changes and refreshes.
  • Gamers would love its 3D sound technology because of which it feels like sound is coming from a particular direction and at a particular distance.
  • People who are short sighted can use the object distance adjustment knob to adjust to their personal needs.
  • The asset store has huge number of content, videos, applications, games, tools etc. This store is updated every day.
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Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Compass, Gyroscope, Gravity, Opto sensor (light sensor) and range sensor (distance sensor)
  • Resolution (per eye): 1280 x 720
  • Weight: 400 g
  • Field of view: 96 degree

 

Deepoon E2 VR Headset, Price $648.00

Deepoon E2 VR Headset

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This solid and sturdy VR headset is little bigger than normal headsets and it is quite impressive in its look and feel.

Key features:

  • Its screen is Samsung AMOLED 2k with a display of 2560 x 1440 pixels, gives fantastic 3D and VR experience in vivid and sharp images.
  • Using its Bluetooth connectivity feature you can connect any game controller and experience 3D or VR in that game.
  • Its screen refresh rate is 75 Hz which gives very smooth experience.
  • It is designed for 16 face types ensuring that it will fit nicely on your face.
  • The Deepon ecosystem carries 100+ VR games and 300+ videos. This library is increasing rapidly every day.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Undisclosed
  • Resolution (per eye): 1920 x 1020
  • Weight: 750 g
  • Field of view: 120 degrees

The next price band is for VR headsets priced below $600.

Goodly All in one VR Headset, Price $599.95

Goodly All in one VR Headset

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This is another good VR set from a Chinese company.

Key features:

  • It can play 1080p contents from TF card. It supports TF of up to 32 GB.
  • It has panorama feature.
  • It has surround sound capability, which along with panorama creates a highly immersive and realistic environment.
  • It has 2D to 3D conversion module with which you can experience your 2D games in a completely different and better 3D way.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Undisclosed
  • Resolution (per eye): 640 x 360
  • Weight: 258 g
  • Field of view: Undisclosed

 

Oculus Rift VR Headset, Price $599

Oculus Rift VR Headset

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This is the only contender for the HTC Vive. Both of them together rule the premium segment of VR headsets. This shouldn’t be a surprise because Rift is coming from a company which was crowd funded in 2012, and later, seeing its potential, was bought by Facebook. The company really had the bang right from the beginning and Rift was the favorite even before it was born.

It comes with optional touch controllers which can be bought separately. These controllers are to be held in hand (one each) for natural interaction within the virtual world using gestures. Just like Rift, the sensors are also very intuitive, so much so that you don’t have to ‘learn’ to use them other than maybe know what the buttons do. There is no gesture that you have to learn to use these controllers.

It comes with Xbox controller.

Key features:

  • It creates a wonderful sense of ‘presence’ i.e. the feeling that you are actually there. It does this magic by a combination of advanced display technologies and low latency constellation tracking system.
  • You can adjust it as per your needs.
  • You can download games and play on it, completely inside a virtual world. Or you can connect it to other gaming consoles.
  • It requires Windows PC/laptop and internet connection. For best experience please refer their recommended specifications.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: Positional tracking
  • Resolution (per eye): 1080 x 1200
  • Weight: 453.5 g
  • Field of view: 110 degrees

 

CM VR Headset, Price $499.99

CM VR Headset

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This lightweight sleek looking VR headset is designed specifically for gaming.

Key features:

  • It has built-in inertial positional tracking technology. This means that while gaming if you step forward in a particular direction and stop there, your character will continue moving in that direction until you take step backwards. This is quite useful otherwise you will have to take those many steps manually.
  • It has ball park acceleration technology which makes you feel like you are really moving. This helps in preventing dizziness which happens due to different signals from different parts of the body.
  • Another interesting aspect is that it can detect vertical movements nicely so if you crouch or jump, your character will do the same.
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Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: 9 axis tracking
  • Resolution (per eye): 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: 390 g
  • Field of view: 100

 

Cellay all in one VR Headset, Price $429.98

Cellay all in one VR Headset

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With a good 5 inch screen, 8 core processor and 2 GB RAM, it is quite evident that this VR headset is designed for quality experience.

Key features:

  • The experience is similar to watching a 20m IMAX movie.
  • It supports Bluetooth, so you can connect any Bluetooth devices to it including Bluetooth gaming device and play the game in immersive experience.
  • Even if you are myopic below 600 degree, still you don’t need to wear glasses to use this VR headset.
  • The materials which are near the face or touching the face are made of good quality soft material which is comfortable and doesn’t irritate the skin.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: 9 axis
  • Resolution (per eye): Undisclosed
  • Weight: 952.5 g
  • Field of view: Undisclosed

 

 

Now we will go further down in price and will see VR headsets below $400

 

PlayStation VR, Price $399.99

PlayStation VR

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This VR is compatible with only PlayStation. It doesn’t work with anything else. However, with this VR, your PlayStation experience is taken into a completely different level where it feels more real.

Key features:

  • Plug and play with PlayStation 4. Just connect this VR headset and PlayStation camera to PlayStation 4 and start experiencing as if you have stepped inside the game in a different world.
  • It has 3D audio technology which makes you feel their direction and depth of the sound. So, if you hear footsteps behind you, just like in real world, you will instinctively turn back to see who it is.
  • It has advanced display technology which runs the display at 120 frames per second. For comparison, a normal video on your phone is typically recorded at 30 frames per second.
  • New games which only people having this headset can enjoy fully.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: 6 axis
  • Resolution (per eye): 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: Approx 610 g
  • Field of view: Approx 100 degrees

Allbuy VR ONE Headset, Price $359.98

Allbuy VR ONE Headset

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This geeky looking VR is loaded with functionalities.

Key features:

  • It has HD screen which gives amazing clarity.
  • It has Panorama feature
  • It has surround sound which in combination with Panorama gives a realistic experience for movies and games.
  • The 360 degree head tracking ability frees up the user to move his head the way he wants which adds to the immersive experience.

 

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: 9 axis tracking (360 degree)
  • Resolution (per eye): 1920 x 1080
  • Weight: Undisclosed
  • Field of view: 120 degrees

 

Razer OSVR HDK2 VR Headset, Price $349.99

Razer OSVR HDK2 VR Headset

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This is Razer’s second attempt at making a VR headset for Open Sound Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform. Even though it is still under development, it is already getting good market feedback..

Key features:

  • The two lenses can be adjusted independently to suit individual vision.
  • It comes with an IR camera which is needed when playing motion games.
  • It works only for SteamVR and OSVR contents. This was a drawback earlier because the content was very little. This isn’t a drawback now.
  • The face mask has a lining of bamboo charcoal microfiber foam.

Key specifications:

  • Head tracking sensors: sensor hub comprising of accelerometer, gyroscope and compass for covering full 360 degree movements.
  • Resolution (per eye): 2160 x 1200
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
  • Field of view: 110 degrees

 

Icollect® VR Headset, Price $340.42

Icollect® VR Headset

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This VR headset has lots of connectivity facilities such as HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc. It runs on Octa core hence it is quite stable and fast to respond.

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