When it comes to immersive entertainment, there is nothing better than VR that can bring you a vivid 360-degree experience. Now the revolutionary VR technology has been applied in many fields including gaming, real estate, education, healthcare, and sports. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier League stars are training at home using virtual reality headsets to keep themselves sharp. Here we’ve rounded up the best virtual reality headsets for PC or smartphones in 2020, so that you can explore a new era of technology.
Huawei VR Glass
During the launch event of the Huawei Mate 30 series smartphone in 2019, Chinese tech giant Huawei announced its latest VR product, the Huawei VR Glass. Unlike traditional VR goggles, Huawei VR Glass is more stylish, light-weight and is very similar ordinary spectacles. It is 26.6-centimeter-thick, which is only 1/3 of the thickness of the traditional virtual reality glasses, and the device weighs 166 grams, comfortable to wear. With the glass, consumers can enjoy 700° diopter adjustment + IMAX movies and trendy TV series from various platforms, including iQiyi and Youku, two of China’s major video platforms. It can also be connected with smartphones, laptops and TVs to provide great VR experiences. If you are a VR enthusiastic, the $420 Huawei VR Glass headset can be a good choice.
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Pico Neo 2 VR Headset (Business only)
Chinese tech company Pico Interactive has been focused on VR and AR solutions over the years, and its virtual reality headsets are pretty popular in China and some overseas countries. At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Pico showed off its latest VR headset, the Neo 2, an all-in-one VR headset with 6DoF tracking and controller tracking, best-in-class 4K resolution, precision eye tracking and spatial stereo speakers. Created for business use only, the Pico Neo 2 sells at around $700 and Pico Neo 2 Eye will also be available at around $900.
Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone Headset
Xiaomi, one of China’s leading tech companies, also has its own VR product line. The standalone VR headset Mi VR is jointly created by Xiaomi and Oculus, and shares many of the same specs with the Oculus Go. The headset supports 3DoF, and comes with a motion controller, which also supports 3DoF. The headset weighs 425g, and no need to connect with a smartphone or PC, you can immediately immerse yourself in the 360-degree videos with hardware-level motion sensors, and built-in 360-degree sound capability. This all-in-one 3DoF VR headset is available in 32GB and 64GB versions, priced around $210 and $250 respectively.
The Oculus Go is the first standalone VR headset manufactured by Oculus, a Facebook-backed VR company. With a relatively cheaper price than other high-end VR headsets and a solid virtual reality experience guarantee, the Oculus Go is preferred by many first-time VR users. This all-in-one virtual reality headset is available at a starting price of $199 USD for the 32 GB model, and $249 USD for the 64 GB model. In addition, there is a considerable amount of content for the Oculus Go. The Oculus online store has various virtual reality experiences that aren’t on Viveport.
HTC Vive Pro
HTC, a well-known Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer had announced that the company would gradually shift its strategy away from smartphones and towards VR technology. The HTC Vive is a VR headset developed by HTC and Valve. The Vive Pro, an updated device of previous HTC Vive, is more comfortable and better balanced, featuring two high-resolution displays that deliver much greater detail with a drastically reduced screen-door effect. It is currently the best VR headset for PCs on the market, but it’s also very expensive and requires a high-end computer for an optimal experience. If you already have a powerful gaming PC and want the highest quality VR experience, then go to get the $800 VR headset.
As the name suggests, PlayStation VR is customized for PlayStation 4 platform. If you own a PS4 and you want to play VR games without spending the money on a high-end gaming PC and an expensive standalone VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, then the Sony’s Playstation VR goggle is a perfect choice. The PSVR system is easy to set up, with a solid game library, and has sound specs to provide VR users with great immersive experience, all without requiring you to buy a $700-plus PC to run it.
Expect for all of these virtual reality headsets to cost you hundreds of dollars, so if you just want to watch panoramic pictures or 360-degree videos, then the cheap VR glasses like the $2 Google Cardboard are easy to buy and try.