Which VR Headset Should I get?

At Con­struct Ar­cade we test with many dif­fer­ent VR head­sets. The best VR head­set is very de­pen­dent on your needs and bud­get as well as the phone or PC you own, though. Find out which one you should get down be­low:

Ocu­lus Rift (Ama­zon)

This is a desk­top head­set, which is rec­om­mend­ed if you want a high-end VR ex­pe­ri­ence and al­ready have a good PC. Down­load and run the Ocu­lus Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Tool to find out whether your com­put­er suf­fices.

Qual­i­ty: High-End
Price: $ 349

Ocu­lus GO (Ama­zon)

This is a stand­alone head­set. If you don’t have a VR ready phone or com­put­er, this will get you the VR ex­pe­ri­ence with the best qual­i­ty to price ra­tio. The GearVR is pret­ty sim­i­lar, if you al­ready own a high-end Sam­sung Phone, make sure to check that out.

Qual­i­ty: Mid-Range
Price: $ 199

Sam­sung Gear VR (Ama­zon)

This is a mo­bile head­set. It re­quires a Sam­sung Gal­axy S6 or bet­ter. If you al­ready own such a smart­phone, this will get you a very cheap but great VR de­vice. We rec­om­mend get­ting the con­troller, though, as it al­lows for way more in­ter­ac­tion in VR. If you do not own the phone, we rec­om­mend the Ocu­lus GO in­stead.

Qual­i­ty: Mid-Range
Price: $ 91.99 (Cur­rent­ly dis­count­ed from $ 129.99)

Google Day­dream View (Ama­zon)

This is a mo­bile head­set. It re­quires a day­dream ready phone, of which you can find a list here.

If you al­ready own the phone, this will get you a cheap and de­cent VR ex­pe­ri­ence. We rec­om­mend it for get­ting your hands wet, but Ocu­lus GO or Gear VR are def­i­nite­ly the min­i­mum qual­i­ty you will want for reg­u­lar use. If you do not own the phone, we rec­om­mend the Ocu­lus GO in­stead, oth­er­wise a Google Card­board may suf­fice for a start.

Qual­i­ty: Low to Mid-Range
Price: $ 54.99 (Cur­rent­ly dis­count­ed from $ 59.95)

Google Card­board (Ama­zon)

This is a mo­bile head­set. It re­quires a phone that is com­pat­i­ble with the Google Card­board App (sim­ply try in­stalling it on your phone). This is the cheap­est, but al­so the low­est qual­i­ty VR ex­pe­ri­ence you can get. If you don’t like it, don’t give up on VR, it is not rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Apart from that, it is su­per cool to be able to have any VR ex­pe­ri­ence for the price of two piz­zas.

While we link the of­fi­cial ver­sion, there are many copies out there. Make sure, though, that the head­set has a but­ton, as that makes in­ter­ac­tion way eas­i­er.

Qual­i­ty: Low-End
Price: $ 15.00 (Mind po­ten­tial ship­ping cost!)