7 Virtual Reality headsets to join the new age with: From cheap to expensive

7 Virtual Reality headsets to join the new age with: From cheap to expensive
According to the results of a still ongoing poll we published yesterday, the vast majority of our readers still haven't tried out Virtual Reality, or VR for short. In fact, a relatively small portion of participants actually own a VR headset. And while the new platform is still, objectively speaking, in its early days, there are already dozens of different headsets that you can buy right now and join the future.

Affordability, obviously, is a major factor when talking about the propagation of a new technology, and we're happy to see so many VR headsets sold as cheaply. Sure, with the more expensive solutions you're getting a more robust product that both looks better and offers better ergonomics, but if you're not yet sold on the new paradigm, there's a cheap way into it that won't leave you in regrets should you conclude that virtual reality is not quite there yet—or just isn't your thing.

So we'll be going through our own list starting with the cheapest solutions out there, slowly climbing up to the most expensive ones. The best part? These headsets are almost all compatible with both iOS and Android devices, so it doesn't matter if you've got an iPhone or not. 

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13 Comments

1. TerryTerius unregistered

Wait, I thought the rift wasn't on sale yet. How exactly is it the most popular? Or did they already release the pre order numbers? I do think it's the one that has the most hype built around it though, and the greatest expectations riding on it.

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That's exactly what I meant by that, it's been around for a long time now and the name has become synonymous with VR pretty much.

2. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

In 5 Years : What ? A plastic VR Headset ? We want Metal in Rosegold and Silver xD

4. cozze02

Posts: 124; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I think Oculus is spelled wrong

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

So what is the difference between the cheaper headsets such as the Gear VR and the more expensive ones like the Oculus Rift, besides build quality? Why is it worth 6x as much?

6. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Never owned one, but it maybe something related to contents or exclusive apps.

8. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I highly doubt that such a big price difference would be based on content availability. There have to be technical reasons for the cost difference, such as how it tracks your movement or how you control the experience.

11. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I found a good article with comparison of the Gear VR and Oculus Rift at http://www.gizmag.com/oculus-rift-vs-gear-vr-comparison/41551/. The difference is basically tracking, game quality (limited by the phone or PC connected) and screen quality. The Gear VR actually uses Oculus Home and Store so you can access the same games (although you probably won't be able to play most of them on a phone, I think).

7. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I highly doubt that such a big price difference would be based on content availability. There have to be technical reasons for the cost difference, such as how it tracks your movement or how you control the experience.

9. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Phonearena, please give us the option to delete our comments, at least in the first minute or two after posting it. Sometimes we realize we replied to the wrong person or placed our comment in the main tab instead of as a reply.

10. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have a Zeiss VR One, you can 3d print trays for other smartphones, including The LG G3 and HTC M8

12. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Where is htc vive

13. teloji

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

how much it ?

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