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The ultimate guide to virtual reality headsets

Virtual Reality is currently in something of a boom period. For the first time in the history of computers, Virtual Reality has arrived not as potential, or a very expensive yet underperforming accessory, but as a major piece of equipment available to everyone.

The nature of Virtual Reality is such that there are hundreds of different Head Mounted Devices (HMDs) on the market to buy, from as little as £2 going up into the thousands. Because of the sheer number of headsets, it can doubtless be confusing to decide which headset is right for you.

It is with this in mind that we introduce the VRS Ultimate Guide to Virtual Reality Headset to cut through the marketing and sales pitches, and give you simply the facts about all the ways to currently experience Virtual Reality.

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Name Est. Cost Display type Resolution FOV Audio Refresh
Rate
Latency Optics Inputs Type
Sony Playstation VR

Sony

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$358.95 OLED 960x1080x2 10º 360 Audio via included headphones 120Hz or 90Hz <18 ms (Estimated) Fixed Lenses, Compatible with Glasses Users PS4 Controller, Playstation Move Wands Tethered HMD
Samsung Gear VR

Samsung

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$99.00 Super AMOLED 2960x1440 Galaxy S8 and S8+ resolution 101º 60 Hz N/A Focus, IPD not needed Touchpad, Wireless Controller Smartphone HMD
Figment VR

Quantum Bakery LLC

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$39.99 N/A Non-Adjustable Smartphone HMD
Ritech Riem 3 Plus

Ritech

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$19.99 N/A No Focus Adjustment required, IPS Adjustment available Touch Button Smartphone HMD
Sybol ColorCross

Sybol

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$6.76 No Adjustment Smartphone HMD
Utopia 360

ReTrak

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$14.99 N/A IPD and Focal Length Adjustable Smartphone HMD
LG 360

LG

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$199.00 IPS LCD 920x720 80º Via Headphone Jack N/A N/A Adjustable Focus Only Smartphone HMD
Virtoba X5

Virtoba

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$32.99 120º Diopter and IPD Smartphone HMD
VROID T1

VROID

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$69 N/A Individual IPD Adjustment Per Eye Smartphone HMD
VRIZZMO Revolt

VRIZZMO

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0 110º Double Lens System Smartphone HMD
Zeiss VR One Plus

Zeiss

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$129 ~100º Adjustment Free Premium Zeiss Custom Lenses Smartphone HMD
VR Cat

Unknown

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$26.99 33.5 mm Smartphone HMD
VRIZZMO Rebel

VRIZZMO

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0 120º Adjustability Unknown Smartphone HMD
Homido V2

Homido

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0 100º Adjustable IPD. Near and Farsightedness Support Smartphone HMD
Freefly VR

Freefly

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$39.91 120º IPD Adjustable, no Diopter Adjustment Capacitive Touch Triggers Smartphone HMD
Leji VR Mini

Leji VR

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$13 96º Focus and IPD Adjustable Smartphone HMD
Homido Mini

Homido

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$9.99 100º Not Adjustable Smartphone HMD
DreamZ VR

DreamZ

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0 120º IPD Adjustable Smartphone HMD
Dodocase SmartVR

Dodocase

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0 N/A Not Adjustable Smartphone HMD
Stimuli 2VR

Stimuli VR

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$14.99 N/A 34mm Lenses, Not Adjustable Smartphone HMD
I am CARDBOARD XGVR

I am CARDBOARD

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$69.00 100º Adjustability Unknown Bluetooth Button Smartphone HMD
Deepoon E2

Deepoon

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$220.00 AMOLED 1080p 120º (Claimed) None 75Hz <1ms (Claimed) Japanese Non-Spherical lenses HDMI, USB 2.0 Tethered HMD
Beenoculus

Beenoculus

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0 N/A N/A Smartphone HMD
Fibrum Pro

Fibrum

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$51.99 110º No Adjustment, 30 mm Lenses Smartphone HMD
Dlodlo Glass H1

Dlodlo

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$18.00 100-120º IPD and Focal Length Touchpad, Volume Buttons Smartphone HMD
Durovis Dive 7

Durovis

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$54.99 Tablet Dependant Tablet Dependant 110º Tablet Dependant Tablet Dependant Tablet Dependant Focal Length and IPD Adjustable Tablet Dependant Tablet HMD
Google Daydream View

Google

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$71.68 90º No Adjustment Smartphone HMD
BoboVR Z3

BoboVR

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0 80-95º IPD and Focal Length Smartphone HMD
Auravisor

Auravisor

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$399.99 LCD 1920x1080 100º Yes 60Hz N/A Adjustable, no glasses required Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI All-In-One HMD
Viewmaster VR Deluxe

Mattel

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$28.99 N/A Limited Adjustment Smartphone HMD
Speck Pocket-VR

Speck

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$24.99 N/A Not Adjustable Smartphone HMD
Durovis Dive 5

Durovis

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$32.99 ~90º Focal Length and IPD Smartphone HMD
Xiaomi Mi VR Play

Xiaomi

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$15.99 N/A N/A Smartphone Case
Oculus Rift

Oculus

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$555.99 OLED 1080x1200 x2 110° Built in Audio 90Hz <20 ms IPD Adjustment HDMI 1.3 Tethered HMD
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In Development Headsets

Virtual Reality as a concept has been around for decades but the new wave of head mounted displays that have come in the wake of the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard amount to essentially a reboot, a year zero scenario. As such, there are just as many pieces of equipment that are in-development, conceptualised or otherwise unavailable.

In order to provide the ultimate guide to head mounted displays, our primary focus has been on hardware you can buy right now, however there are quite a few interesting, unique or just plain odd pieces of VR kit in development, which we have covered in the following table.

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Name Est. Cost Display type Resolution FOV Audio Refresh
Rate
Latency Optics Inputs Type
TBA OLED 2560x1440 110º External Headphones TBA TBA TBA Spatial Sensors, Cameras Wireless Mixed Reality HMD
StarVR

Starbreeze Studios/Acer

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TBA TBA 2560x1440 Per Eye 210º Horizontal, 130º Vertical Yes via Headphones TBA TBA Duel Fresnal Lenses, Adjustable HDMI Tethered HMD
Project Alloy

Intel

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TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Wireless Merged Reality HMD
Atheer Air Smart Glasses

Atheer

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0 LCD Projection 1280x720 50º Yes 60Hz N/A See-through Projection Display USB-C, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3D Gesture All-In-One HMD
Altergaze VR

Altergaze

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0 110º/90º Depending on configuration 50 mm Custom Lens System Smartphone HMD
PinchVR

PinchVR

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TBA TBA Yes - Phone Dependent TBA TBA Smartphone HMD
Neurogoggles

Mindmaze/Mindleap

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TBA TBA TBA TBA N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Tethered HMD
BlueSky Pro

ImmersiON-VRelia

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TBA TBA 1080x1920 x2 123º Yes - Integrated TBA 30ms Adjustable - No Glasses Needed HDMI Tethered HMD
AirVR

Metatecture

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TBA Designed for iPad Mini with Retina Display Varies - Retina PPI 100º From iPad 60Hz Unknown N/A None Tablet HMD
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Table Key
  • = Phone Dependant
  • = Tablet Dependant