5 VR headsets to suit every budget
Stepping into the world of virtual reality doesn’t have to cost the earth. Now you can enjoy VR whatever your budget is.
29 Jul 2018
If you’ve never tried virtual reality, then what are you waiting for? It’s an amazing way to experience your favourite movies and video games with a whole new level of immersion.
We’ve taken a look at some of the best VR products out there, with something to suit every pocket.
1. Goji Card 3D Virtual Reality Glasses
VR for less than a quid? The Goji Card 3D Virtual Reality Glasses provide a simple first way to get a small taste of virtual reality on the cheap.
It works using your smartphone. Insert your compatible handset into the cardboard, load up your game and you’re good to go.
The bulk of the headset is made from cardboard. Sure, it won’t offer quite the full array of features as more expensive headsets, but if you’re curious about VR, this headset offers a basic experience that you can buy using just your loose change.
2. Goji Universal VR Headset
A step up from the Goji cardboard option, this headset has an adjustable strap that keeps the unit firmly in place on your head. Again, it works using your smartphone so you can enjoy the latest VR games available in iOS and Android.
Play basic zombie shooters that put you at the heart of the undead action, and other VR arcade games from Google Play and the App Store without having to break the bank.
3. Oculus Go
Some of the better VR headsets out there require an expensive PC to run them. Not the Oculus Go. It offers a more premium experience without requiring additional hardware. You won’t need a PC, and there are no wires attached.
Integrated speakers deliver surround sound, which you can listen to by plugging in your best pair of headphones. The innovative lenses provide a wide field of view full of vibrant colour and rich detail so you’ll always get a cracking picture, free from distortion.
There are over 1,000 apps, games and experiences available from the Oculus Content Store. You can even watch Netflix movies on a giant virtual cinema screen.
A Bluetooth controller lets you draw masterpieces, shoot enemies, and translate your hand movements into on-screen actions. Everything you need comes inside the box, so it’s a nice and convenient way to enjoy a premium VR experience without any additional spend.
4. Sony PlayStation VR Starter Pack
If you already own a PlayStation 4 console, then this is a great way to enjoy some of the latest and best VR games around without having to fork out for a high-end PC.
In the box you’ll find a PlayStation VR headset, a camera that tracks the movements of your PS4 controller, and a copy of the scarily lifelike PlayStation VR Worlds.
The large screen in the headset gives you a full 360° view of the world around you, while 3D audio really makes you feel as if you’re in the game world itself. There are some amazing games to try from some of the world’s biggest video game publishers, so you’ll always be spoilt for choice.
5. HTC Vive
Got a bigger budget and want the most premium VR experience around? Then take a look at the HTC Vive. You’ll need a PC that’s powerful enough to run the Vive, but boy is it worth it. The basic set includes the headset, two wireless controls and motion sensors.
With 360° controller movement and full headset tracking, every move you make is captured in full. Play seated or stood up, or walk around the room. VR has never felt so real.
And don’t worry about games. There’s a ton of content to get excited about. Online gaming platform Steam is integrated with the Vive to offer the world’s largest selection of VR apps and games.
Which headset should I pick?
If you’re not too fussed about VR but want to try it out, go for the Goji Card 3D. At just under a quid you can’t go wrong. The Goji Universal Headset offers a more comfortable VR experience at a low price if you’re making your first tentative steps into VR.
The Oculus Go is a great first step into premium VR. It’s a standalone headset, too, so everything you need comes in the box. If you’re more into games, go for the Sony PlayStation VR Starter Pack. It works with your PS4 console, so no PC is needed.
But if you do have a bigger budget, the HTC Vive offers one of the most premium VR experiences around. You’ll need a compatible PC. If you own one, the Vive comes fully recommended.