Top 10 VR headsets to spice up your Thanksgiving – Hypergrid Business

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Top 10 VR headsets to spice up your Thanksgiving – Hypergrid Business

In a Thanksgiving state this week? These ten headsets will help bring you closer to your family – or help take you away.

And they all make great Christmas presents.

1. Oculus Quest 2

Use case: Unbound advanced VR experiences.

The Oculus Quest 2 standalone virtual reality headset is the best in all categories given its space-scale VR capability, a large library of games, fast performance and good resolution, especially for its price. This does not mean that the individual features are their best compared to the Valve Index and other top-tier headsets, but it is the best overall value.

Although you do not need to connect it to anything to experience virtual reality, apart from WiFi, it can also be connected to the PC to play computer-based VR games like the ones you can install from SteamVR.

A potential disadvantage? You need a Facebook account to connect to the headset.

  • Platforms: Can play Oculus games loaded wirelessly through the built-in app store and can also be connected to PCs.
  • Tracking: Inside-out tracking and hand tracking.
  • Field of view: 100 degrees.
  • LCD screen resolution: 3664 x 1920 pixels.
  • Storage: 64 GB or 256 GB.
  • Battery life: 2 to 3 hours.
  • Check: Two wireless handheld controllers.
  • Connections: USB Type-C, 3.5 millimeter headphone.
  • Price: $ 300. Buy on Amazon or directly from Oculus.

2. Valve index

Use case: Half-Life: Alyx and other games that require finger tracking. The Valve Index wireless headset includes the best features of the advanced VR headsets, but they come at a price.

Like Oculus Quest 2, it can either be used unbound or it can be connected to a PC and play SteamVR games.

  • Platforms: SteamVR.
  • Tracking: External stations allow tracking in full space, plus tracking per. finger on the wireless controllers.
  • Field of view: 130 degrees.
  • Screen AMOLED resolution: 2880 x 1600 pixels.
  • Storage: 64 GB or 256 GB.
  • Battery life: 3 to 4 hours.
  • Check: Two wireless handheld controllers.
  • Connections: DisplayPort, USB 3.0, USB 2.0.
  • Price: $ 1,900 for complete set that includes two base stations and the two controllers from Amazon or $ 1,000 directly from Valve.

HTC Vive Pro 2

Best uses: VR titles with high resolution textures and models.

The PC-tethered Vive Pro 2 is the best in terms of resolution with a 5K screen, but also comes at an affordable price like the Vive Index. The high resolution also solves the screen door effect, in addition to providing better clarity and sharpness than Quest 2 and Valve Index.

Even if you need advanced GPUs with Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series or Radeon RX 5000 Series GPUs as recommended GPUs, you can run it on GeForce RTX 3080 and AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, which cost less. H

  • Platforms: SteamVR PC, Viveport PC on Windows with Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better, and at least Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 or AMD Radeon RX480
  • Tracking: Two external base stations for tracking in full space, tracking from inside and out for hand tracking including tracking per. finger on the controllers.
  • Field of view: 120 degrees
  • Screen AMOLED resolution: 4896 x 2448 pixels.
  • Storage: Not relevant as it is connected to the PC
  • Battery life: 5 hours.
  • Check: HTC Vive and Vive Pro wireless controller. Also supports Valve Knuckles controllers.
  • Connections: DisplayPort, USB 3.0, USB 2.0.
  • Price: $ 1,400 for full set on Amazon or $ 900 direct from HTC.

4. Playstation VR

Best uses: Playstation console players.

PlayStation’s latest PSVR headset is the best for PS4, PS4 Pro and PS5 console gamers, and it comes packed with a good game library and easy setup. You just plug and play. It is also one of the best VR devices to play high-end VR with because you do not have to buy an expensive PC if you already have a Playstation. The supported VR titles are created by major game development companies.

  • Platforms: PS4, PS4 Pro and PS5.
  • Tracking: Playstation camera for position tracking and motion tracking.
  • Field of view: 100 degrees
  • Screen OLED resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • Storage: Not applicable as it is tied to Playstation.
  • Battery life: 5 hours.
  • Check: Move controllers.
  • Connections: USB-to-micro-USB cable, HDMI.
  • Price: $ 500 from Amazon for the headset only, plus $ 100 for the controllers and $ 60 for the camera. There’s also a $ 350 Iron Man bundle available directly from Playstation that includes the camera and controllers, but it’s currently sold out.

5. HTC Vive Cosmos Elite

Use case: VR games and mid-intensity experiences at a lower price than Vive Pro 2 or higher devices.

The PC-tethered entry-level Vive Cosmos comes with less than perfect tracking with six cameras, which can be frustrating when playing some titles, but it offers a decent VR experience with mid-intensity gaming.

  • Platforms: SteamVR; Windows 10 PC with Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better, with GTX 970 4GB graphics.
  • Tracking: True space scale 360-degree tracking with base stations. Supports SteamVR tracking.
  • Display LCD resolution: 2880 x 1700 pixels.
  • Storage: Not relevant as it is tied to a PC.
  • Battery life: 4 to 8 hours.
  • Check: Vive Cosmos wireless handheld controllers.
  • Connections: DisplayPort and a USB 3.0.
  • Price: $ 650 on Amazon. or directly from HTC, including controllers and two base stations.

HoloLens 2

Use case: Enterprise-grade mixed reality experiences.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is an augmented reality headset with cameras built directly into the headset. However, its selection of consumer apps and games is meager.

  • Platforms: Windows Holographic, Windows 10 Pro PC 4 core CPUs, with at least 8 GB of RAM and
  • Tracking: Infrared cameras for 3D eyeball position tracking, multiple motion tracking cameras and head tracking.
  • Field of view: 65 degrees
  • Screen resolution: 2K 3: 2 light motors. Holographic density is 2.5 K rays.
  • Storage: Not relevant as it is tied to a PC.
  • Battery life: 2 to 3 hours.
  • Check: Windows Mixed Reality controllers.
  • Connections: Monitor port 1.3, USB 3.0 Type-C.
  • Price: $ 3,500 from Microsoft.
Hololens 2. (Image courtesy of Microsoft.)

7. HP Reverb G2

Use case: Low cost 4K screen VR experiences.

A huge upgrade from the first generation VR headset with huge textures and images, the Reverb G2 has a 4K screen, although it is not as good as one on the Vive Pro 2.

  • Platforms: Windows with Intel Core i5, i7, Intel Xeon E3-1240 v5 or higher and minimum 8 GB RAM. SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality.
  • Tracking: tracking from within without base stations as opposed to SteamVR powered headsets. Tracking based on Based on Windows Mixed Reality dual camera tracking system.
  • Field of view: 114 degrees
  • Screen resolution: 2160 x 2160 pixels.
  • Storage: Not relevant as it is tied to a PC.
  • Battery life: 10 to 15 hours.
  • Check: HP Reverb G2 controller.
  • Connections: Display port and USB 3.0 cable.
  • Price: $ 630 from Amazon or $ 550 directly from HP, including two motion controllers.

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