For newcomers to VR, there are two headsets that you have probably heard of – Oculus Quest 2 and PSVR.
There is no doubt that Quest 2 and PSVR are the most common and recognizable headsets for those with only a passing interest or limited knowledge of VR. However, it can be difficult to figure out what would be best for you and what the differences are between the two.
Here is our overview of how these headsets are different and why you would choose one over the other.
The big picture
Oculus Quest 2: Overview
Quest 2 is one of the most versatile headsets available on the market. It’s Facebook’s latest headset, released in late 2020, and featuring hardware that is modern, up-to-date and (for the most part) industry-leading.
The real benefit of Quest 2 is that for $ 299 you get a completely stand-alone headset that works right out of the box – no other equipment required – making it fully wireless and standalone. It also has a selection of some of the best experiences and games on any platform. The big trade-off, though, is that you need to log in to a Facebook account to use the headset; there is no way around it.
However, if you’re ok with that, Quest 2 has some great benefits. You can take it anywhere, use it anywhere and let others try the headset in seconds. Quest 2 provides the least friction of any headset currently available.
Provided you are not bothered by the necessary Facebook login, Quest 2 is our recommended headset for any beginner to VR. A purchase of $ 299 and you have everything you need to get into wireless, state-of-the-art VR. There are even some great free Quest games to try right away.
Quest 2 is available on Amazon and is often in stock. When in stock, the 128 GB model is available for $ 299 and the 256 GB model for $ 399.
It is also worth mentioning that if you have a gaming PC that is powerful enough to support a VR headset, you can also connect Quest 2 to your PC to experience even more VR games. Many of the best VR games are only available on PC and not on Quest 2 itself, so this is a great way to expand the library. Quest can even play PC VR games wirelessly. We have a guide on how to play PC VR games on Quest right here.
PlayStation VR: Overview
The PlayStation VR headset is an accessory to the latest PlayStation consoles. Without a console, the headset cannot play anything or do anything. That means you have to buy separately (or already own) a PS4 or PS5 to use the headset. The PSVR uses a wired connection to a processor box, which is then connected to the console so that it must be connected the entire time you use it. It also requires the PS camera to work.
PlayStation VR is not newer or modern technology in relative terms since it was released in 2016, so headsets hardware is now quite obsolete compared to other recent headsets like Quest 2. Everything from tracking to screen resolution to controllers is all significantly worse on PSVR than other headsets , simply because many technological advances have been made since its release almost 5 years ago. That said, it’s quite comfortable with its innovative (at the time) halo belt design and has a nice field of view.
Many PlayStation VR bundles only come with the headset and PSVR camera connected to your console. Some PSVR games also require (or are enhanced with) PlayStation Move controllers or the PS Aim controller, which is usually sold separately but occasionally comes with the headset in a bundle. This means that you will need a PlayStation console, headset and controllers, which you may need to purchase separately.
PSVR has some amazing exclusive games not available on other headsets, but almost all of its non-exclusive game libraries are available on Quest 2 (where it’s likely to work better).
Sony confirmed that a next generation VR headset for PS5 is on the way. It is not a question of if more, but when. UploadVR even revealed exclusively the specs for the new headset in May, confirming an increase in resolution, tracking from within and more.
So even though we do not have a release date for Sony’s next headset (except that it will not come in 2021), we do know that it exists and will be released in the future.
In 2021, the only reason to buy a PSVR headset over a Quest 2 would be if you already own a PS4 or PS5 console and you are strongly opposed to logging in with Facebook. However, PSVR-exclusive games are excellent, so if these experiences look appealing, there is great value here. However, when you include the price of the PSVR console, controllers and headset, Quest 2 generally comes out much cheaper.
The PlayStation VR Iron Man package is available for $ 349 on Amazon, which includes the PSVR headset, PlayStation camera, two Move controllers and a copy of Iron Man VR. Of course, this does not include a PlayStation console, which is also required.
Oculus Quest 2 is wireless and requires nothing more than what comes in the box. PlayStation VR is connected to a wired connection at all times and requires several hardware elements, all of which are usually sold separately. Quest 2 was recently released and has modern hardware, whereas PSVR is noticeably older and more outdated in almost every aspect of its hardware. Plus, Sony has confirmed that they are working on a next generation PSVR headset for PS5.
Quest 2 has a fantastic library of VR games, but lacks some of the exclusive features available in the PSVR ecosystem. When you take into account the cost of headsets, controllers and console required for PSVR, Quest 2 is generally a significantly cheaper solution that we recommend.
That said, logging in and connecting to your Facebook account is required for Quest 2, which may be a no-go for some people and would make PSVR a more appealing option.
Oculus Quest 2 and PSVR are not the only options for anyone who wants to get into VR – to learn more about PC VR and other options available, read our beginner’s guide to VR and check out our guide to the best headsets available at the end of 2020.
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This article was first published in January 2021 and updated and republished in October 2021.