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Best VR Headset in 2024: VR Buying Guide

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If you’re looking for the ultimate VR experience, you’ll want to check out the latest VR headsets on the market. VR technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, and there are now VR headsets for every preference and budget.

But how do you choose the right VR headset for you? That’s where we come in. We’ve reviewed the best VR headsets on the market, and we’ve categorized them by their features, performance, and price. Whether you want the best overall VR headset, the best console VR headset, or the best budget friendly VR headset, we’ve got you covered. Our detailed guide will help you find the ideal VR headset to match your needs and wallet.

This list will be kept updated and was last updated on the 28th of January, 2024.

Best Overall VR headset for 2024: Meta Quest 3

Hands on video review of the Quest 3

Nominees: Meta Quest 3, Pico 4, PSVR 2, Big Screen Beyond

Verdict

8.1
Resolution and performance:
9
Tracking:
7
Game Library:
10
Comfort:
5
Convenience :
8
Audience reviews:
9
Value for Money:
9

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The Quest 3 is the latest VR headset from Meta. It offers a stunning resolution of 2064 x 2208 pixels per eye, a powerful Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset, and a vast game library. The Quest 3 also supports mixed reality, which allows users to see their real surroundings and interact with virtual objects. The only downside of the Quest 3 is the strap, which is not very comfortable and can cause pressure on the face after prolonged use. However, this can be easily replaced with a third-party accessory like the Zyber Elite Strap.

Read our full review of the Meta Quest 3

ProsCons
High-resolution display and performanceComfort (especially when using the stock strap)
Oculus Library + PCVR compatibilityShort battery life (1-3 hours)
Mixed reality features

Best Meta Alternative VR headset: Pico 4

picture of the pico 4

Nominees: Pico 4

Verdict

7.6
Resolution and Performance:
8
Tracking:
8
Game Library:
6
Comfort:
8
Value for money:
8

The Pico 4 is a standout virtual reality headset in the market, offering a compact and lightweight design, powerful performance, and wide compatibility with VR content. Its high-resolution display and wide field of view provide a truly immersive experience, and the 6DoF motion controllers allow for natural hand movements in VR. The Pico 4 also has built-in speakers and the ability to wirelessly stream from a PC, expanding its capabilities beyond standalone use. While it may have a limited game library compared to some of its competitors and a shorter battery life, these drawbacks are outweighed by its strong performance and value for money. Overall, the Pico 4 is a strong contender for the title of best overall VR headset.

ProsCons
Affordability, in comparison to Quest 3Software and game library somewhat lacking – has been improved
Self contained and wirelessShort battery life (2-3 hours)
Ability to connect to PC via streaming assistant or virtual desktop to unlock PCVR titles
Extremely lightweight and comfortable 

Full review of Pico 4

Best Budget VR headset: Meta Quest 2

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Nominees: Meta Quest 2, Pico 4, Oculus Go

Verdict

7.7
Resolution and Performance:
7
Tracking:
8
Game Library:
10
Comfort:
5
Convenience:
9
Value for Money:
7

Even in 2024, the Meta Quest 2 is a fantastic virtual reality headset that offers a wide range of immersive experiences. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and has a decent resolution display, providing good graphics and smooth gameplay. The headset is ok to wear, with adjustable straps and plenty of padding, although some users may find it becomes heavy and sweaty during extended play sessions.

One of the key factors contributing to this accolade of the best is the impressive game library available on the platform. With a wide range of high-quality titles to choose from, including popular franchises such as Beat Saber, gorilla tag and dungeons of Eternity, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Meta Quest 2.

Full Review of the Meta Quest 2

ProsCons
Direct access to the Oculus store with Oculus ExclusivesUncomfortable headstrap and face gets hot during prolonged use
Self contained and wirelessShort battery life (2-3 hours)
Ability to connect to PC via Link cable to unlock PCVR titlesResolution not as good as newer headsets
Affordability – Very cheap compared to other headsets

Best Games for the Meta Quest 2

Best VR headset for Console: PSVR 2

Nominees: PSVR, PSVR 2

Video Trailer of the PSVR 2

Not really a fair competition… The PSVR 2 is the latest in Sony’s virtual reality gaming platform. Featuring enhanced visuals, expanded comfort, and intuitive controls, the PSVR 2 allows players to immerse themselves in a variety of virtual worlds. Its updated display offers improved resolution and realistic lighting effects, while the new ergonomic design provides increased comfort during extended play sessions.

It blows the previous PSVR out the water.

The VR CoachPSVR PSVR 2
Resolution980×10802000×2040
Refresh Rate90Hz 120Hz90Hz 120Hz
Field of Few100°110°
TrackingOutside-In (external Camera)Inside-Out (Cameras on headset)
Console CompatibilityPS4, PS5PS5
Release date201622nd February 2023
Comparing PSVR vs PSVR 2

Full review of PSVR vs PSVR 2

Best PCVR headset: BigScreen Beyond

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Nominees: Valve Index, HP Reverb G2

Bigscreen Beyond is not just a VR headset, it’s a personalized device that fits your face and eyes perfectly. Using OLED microdisplays with 2560 x 2560 pixels per eye, custom pancake optics, and SteamVR tracking, Bigscreen Beyond gives you crystal-clear visuals, wide field of view, and accurate head tracking – all in a lightweight device that weighs only 127 grams.

ProsCons
Light weight and extremely comfortableExpensive – on of the most expensive consumer headsets
SteamVR trackingTakes 2-3months to be shipped
127 gramsWired

Best PCVR Games

Best upcoming VR headset: TBC

Nominees: Apple Vision Pro, Valve Deckard , Project Moohan by Samsung and Google, Quest 3 lite, Pico 5 (enterprise)

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