If you’re looking for one of the best VR headsets, we have good news. While VR may not necessarily be the hot new thing anymore, there are plenty of options if you’re looking for the right VR headset for you. And we’ve tested the contenders for the best VR headset on the market so you don’t have to.
The best VR headsets can play the best VR games, but they also go beyond that. They can be a home gym replacement, a productivity tool for work or a giant immersive screen to watch the best TV shows and movies. While gaming is the primary reason to get a VR headset, don’t think that’s all they can do.
And each VR headset on this list stands out for a particular reason. The Meta Quest 2 is a great all-around headset and needs no wires, but the Sony PSVR 2 is the ultimate gaming headset. Still, both of those headsets lack mixed reality features that can boost your productivity at work. If you need a VR headset that’s also an office collaborator, you’ll want the Meta Quest Pro.
But we still have a clear winner when it comes to the best VR headset on the market. So read below to see what it is, and don’t miss where we talk about what headsets are coming next that we can’t wait to review.
The best VR headsets you can buy today
The Meta Quest 2 is a masterclass in incremental improvements over its predecessor, the Oculus Quest. As reviewer Michael Andronico concluded: “The Meta Quest 2’s price, game library and overall ease of use make it the best entry point into virtual reality yet.”
The Quest 2 sports a slicker design, better display resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate in some games and apps, and faster overall performance than the original Oculus Quest. It also just feels like a well-made headset. There’s a large market for Meta Quest 2 accessories too, from Logitech speakers that can be attached to the Quest 2’s strap to provide a premium sound experience without taking you fully out of the real world to charging docks and more.
Plus, the Quest 2 does all this without any cables, which is one of the reasons why it still holds our top spot for the best VR headset. But you can still connect it to a PC via the Meta Quest Link cable to play the best PC VR games. One own Mike Prospero did just that with Microsoft Flight Simulator on the Quest 2.
Starting at $399 (though it’s often on sale), it’s also one of the most affordable headsets out there, making its quality and versatility all the more impressive. That’s why remains our pick for the best way to get started with the world of virtual reality.
See our full Meta Quest 2 review.
Sony’s new PSVR 2 is arguably the best wired VR headset, given it has a plethora of high-end specs, including a brilliant OLED display. The only reason it sits below the Quest 2 is that it requires a PS5 to work and is limited to the PlayStation ecosystem.
Otherwise, it’s excellent. The headset is comfortable with just a relatively slim but sturdy cable that connects it to the PS5, the screen is excellent with impressive passthrough capabilities and 4K resolution. Plus, there’s 3D audio support and easy buttons for adjustment.
But the real ace-in-the-hole is the Sense controllers. These are not only rather comfortable and good at tracking, but they also have excellent haptic feedback; an area where other VR headsets are lacking.
And thanks to being in the PlayStation ecosystem there are exclusive games like Horizon Call of the Mountain and the ability to play Gran Turismo 7 in VR. Combined with the VR tech, the PSVR 2 is one of the very best and overall affordable virtual reality systems you can buy today.
See our full PlayStation VR2 review.
The Meta Quest Pro is effectively the grown-up version of the Quest 2. Though the Quest Pro can play games, it’s aimed at designers, engineers, scientists and creatives who frequently collaborate online. This is another step toward Meta’s goal of making the metaverse a reality and, questions about the metaverse’s viability aside, the Quest Pro is itself an impressive piece of tech.
The issue is that it may not be practical for most VR enthusiasts, let alone anyone looking to just get started experiencing mixed reality. Its features aren’t aimed toward gaming, meaning that there are better — and certainly less expensive — options for VR gamers.
At $1,499, you would be better off with a PS5 and PS VR or a gaming PC with a VR headset if all you want to do is play games. Even at its recent price drop to $999, it’s still an expensive piece of VR gear.
Given that the Quest 2 can probably do most things you’ll need even if it isn’t as graphically powerful or come with full-color mixed reality capabilities, most people will probably pass on the