Top VR Headsets for PC and Gaming 2019
Hopeful enthusiasts waited years for virtual reality (VR) to become a real consideration for their at-home gaming arsenal. A lot of things needed to come together first. For one, vendors had to improve the experience of head-mounted displays (HMDs) so that VR gaming didn’t mean feeling sick. We also needed these headsets to be somewhat affordable and accessible. Of course, games and apps that make the next-gen tech worth investing in are also essential. Today, we can say VR gaming has all but arrived. With the right VR headset, you can enjoy incredible, immersive games right at home. We’re here to help you find the gaming VR headsets – best for Mobile.
Believe it or not, VR has grown so much that there are various ways you to get into VR gaming. There are HMDs that connect to gaming desktops/laptops. You have headsets that plug into smartphones and the PlayStation VR (PSVR), which connects to a gaming console. There are even standalone headsets, which are HMDs that don’t need to connect to anything at all — just strap it on, and you’re in VR.
APPLE’S 8K VR/HR HEADSET
2020 is the year that Apple throws its hat into the VR ring and releases a brand new product that incorporates virtual reality as well as augmented reality. Up until recently, Apple had done well to keep this news under the radar, but now thanks to Bloomberg and their discovery of secret meetings held between Apple and AR manufacturers, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. Apple has seen the buzz that the likes of Oculus VR and HTC have created, and they want in.
A bit about their new product: at the moment, it’s codenamed T288 – clearly it’s still very hush-hush. What is clear is the 8K resolution (in both eyes!) so we’re pretty impressed by that. It’s going to be an advanced headset and will be untethered from a computer or smartphone, and with 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye it looks to challenge the domination of HTC and Oculus VR.
There is no definite release date as the T288 is still in its infancy, all we know is that it’s coming in 2020. So keep your (8K) eyes peeled!
VIVE Focus Plus
The VIVE Focus Plus is a standalone VR headset pivoted towards business and professional use. Its wireless design makes it portable so users can move from office to board room or expo floor when needed. It has inside out tracking with 6DoF movement so digital illustrations, plans, and designs capture diverse movements and in detail.
The pair of VIVE Focus Plus controllers match the headset with six-degrees of freedom to click, swipe, use virtual tools and play games with it. The controllers have a trackpad, trigger buttons, grip buttons, and buttons for menu and VIVE selections. Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support, and multiple headset monitoring make it a headset that’s suited for team use or group gameplay.
It comes with a 2880×1600 and AMOLED display, which is excellent for seeing virtual worlds in 360. Interacting with training simulations will be as close to real as it can get. The Focus Plus also makes creating or playing new games and experiences from the VIVE WAVE Platform higher in visual quality than most mobile headsets.
HTC Vive and Vive Cosmos
HTC’s Vive is a comprehensive package that includes a headset, two motion controllers, and two base stations for defining a “whole-room” VR area. It’s technically impressive and can track your movements in a 10-foot cube instead of just from your seat. It also includes a set of motion controllers more advanced than the PlayStation Move. PC-tethered VR systems like the Vive need plenty of power, with HTC recommending at least an Intel Core i5-4590 CPU and a GeForce GTX 970 GPU.
The recently released Vive Cosmos has a much higher resolution than the Vive, features outward-facing cameras that can track your position without any need for base stations, and includes two redesigned, improved motion controllers. It’s a solid upgrade, but it’s very expensive at $699.