+$Looking to invest in one of the best VR headsets around? This guide is here to help. It took a while, but virtual reality is definitely here – and it's only going to get more popular. There's a wide range of VR headsets for designers and artists to get creative with.

+$Originally, the best VR headsets were PC-driven, tethered models such as the HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift. But recently, standalone headsets have been launching all over the place, and you'll find our pick of the best options included in this list.

+$As well as the obvious utility for gaming, VR looks set to become even bigger business in a range of industries, from film-making to architecture and medicine. If you want to start exploring this new form of3D艺术,你需要选择合适的硬件。这里有一些最好的VR耳机,可以帮助您确定哪一个最适合您。

best VR headsets: Oculus Go

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Oculus Go

+$An affordable standalone VR headset

+$Won't Overheat
+$Requires smartphone app to set up

Oculus Go+$headset is much more affordable than most other standalone options. The screen is also good quality, it’s roomy and comfortable to wear, and it doesn’t overheat in the same way a phone-powered headset does, which is a definite advantage. Battery life is good too. The hand controller makes it easy to point and click to operate once the headset is set up – and all of these things mean it’s great for consumer use at home.

+$However, for something sold as standalone, it’s disappointing that you have to download the Oculus app to your own smartphone to set up the headset. This doesn’t help the user experience – and neither does the fact that the headset is so completely tied to the hand controller.

+$It’s easy to develop for, but there are a few clumsy aspects; for example, any apps that are side-loaded directly onto the device are hidden away in the very un-user-friendly ‘Unknown Sources’ section of the device library. It’s also surprising, given the similar design to the Rift, that the Go doesn’t have 6DOF capabilities.

best VR headsets: Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens

+$Perfect for AR experiences


+$An untethered holographic computer, theHoloLens+$overlays different CG elements onto the transparent screen in front of each eye to create real-looking 3D holograms. HoloLens is perfect for experiences that benefit from mixing the real world with the virtual – from seeing how a chair would look in your living room to highly empathetic social experiences, such as meeting a hero or figure from the news.


+$Sounds perfect then – if you can afford it. Sadly the HoloLens doesn't come cheap. Budget for a few thousand pounds if you really want this kit. At time of publish, the+$HoloLens 2+$was just about to launch.

+$Read our sister site+$TechRadar's hands on Microsoft HoloLens review

best VR headsets: HTC VIVE


+$One of the very best VR headsets around


+$HTC VIVE+$needs to be tethered to a powerful desktop GPU – but the result is the ability to create immersive, active VR. One huge benefit is the ability to move around space (a minimum of 2x1.5m is recommended by HTC). It works by using two sensors positioned in the corner of the room that track the whereabouts of the headset by sweeping with lasers.

+$The VIVE comes with two handheld controllers, meaning greater capability for menus, navigation and gesture recognition. The headset also sports a front-facing camera, giving designers the ability to build the real world into games or experiences. And if you feel like you'll need something even more powerful, try the duel OLED runningHTC Vive Pro

+$TechRadar's 5 star HTC Vive review

best VR headsets: HTC VIVE Focus

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+$HTC VIVE Focus

+$A great wealth of content, but this headset won't suit everyone

+$Great Content
+$Good Speakers
+$Some Focus Problems
+$Uncomfortable For Some

+$HTC VIVE Focus+$is the standalone version of the HTC VIVE. It's striking, but tends to divide opinion in terms of looks – some like it, some think it looks like some kind of alien. It’s also not universally comfortable and we had some difficulties getting the screen to focus. But like all VR headsets, this will come down to personal comfort/preference.

+$Once it’s on, the headset is well balanced and it’s quick and easy to access great content – the undeniable advantage of its VR brand heritage. The in-built speakers are very good, and the controllers are simple to use. That said, we struggled to find a way to use the headset without the controller, which is irritating. Like all things VIVE, the visual quality is excellent and the tracking accurate. It’s got a load of exciting content that’s immediately available and will please its fanbase. It’s pricier than the Go, but we can see it having a strong future as a gaming console.

Best VR headsets: Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

+$The best VR headset for price and experience

+$Strong selection of content

+$Much like the HTC Vive, theOculus Rift+$requires a wired connection to a high-spec (and often very expensive) gaming PC, running Windows 7 or higher, but the payoff is the ability to create processing-heavy interactive experiences and games.

当它首次推出时,Rift无法进行房间规模的VR(因此用户必须坐下或静止不动)。但最近的更新引入了额外的低延迟星座跟踪系统,这意味着用户现在可以四处走动 - 请注意,并非所有用户都具备此功能。

+$The same applies to the newly launched Touch controllers, which need to be purchased separately to add greater interactivity. The Rift’s integrated VR audio system is excellent, and is widely considered to be better than its competitor, the HTC Vive.

+$Learn More In+$TechRadar's full Oculus Rift review

Best VR headsets: Playstation VR

+$Playstation VR

+$The best cheap VR headset


+$A more affordable option than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift,+$PlayStation VR+$is tethered to a PS4 rather than an expensive PC gaming rig. That makes it the obvious launchpad into VR if you already own a PS4.

这样做的缺点是功耗较小 - 因此可能不那么沉浸。 PlayStation Camera可以跟踪耳机上的九个亮点,因此技术上可以进行室内VR,但由于索尼选择了一个传感器而不是两个传感器,因此跟踪功能不如HTC Vive。

虽然目前PlayStation VR内容更注重游戏,但耳机的巨大销售数据使其成为大众市场的一个重要主张。因此,如果您已经拥有PlayStation并且并未在VR上完全销售,那么通过这种模式可以通过一个令人信服的方式获得一个不错的经济实惠选择。

查看+$TechRadar's full Playstation VR review

Best VR headsets: Samsung Gear VR

+$Samsung Gear VR

+$A great cheap VR headset to team up with your Samsung mobile devices

+$Ideal companion to Samsung Galaxy

+$Powered by Samsung Galaxy smartphones,+$Samsung Gear VR+$effectively splits the phone screen in two to create 3D visuals, to offer affordable, wire-free virtual reality. Lacking the power of a high-spec PC, Gear VR is a natural home for 360-video (passive content) or semi-active experiences that require moving the head to hotspots, rather than hugely interactive projects.

Gear VR最初于2013年推出,是许多人的首选VR平台。它已被公众广泛理解,并且已经存在大量的经验。与Facebook的合作推动了这一点,将Oculus VR商店带入了平台。

升级后的耳机改进了镜头的尺寸,扩大了视野范围,使Gear VR的体验比原始发布模式更具沉浸感。价格一点也不差。

+$TechRadar's full Samsung Gear VR review

Best VR headsets: Google Daydream View

Google Daydream View



谷歌的+$Daydream View+$has been around a while now – this 2017 version is the newest model. We maintain that it's still the most attractive VR headset on the market. But this isn't a case merely of style over substance – there's a lot to like about the search giant's effort and at an excellent price.

+$The Google Daydream uses a phone to power your VR experience, but unlike Samsung’s 'walled-garden' Gear VR, is not exclusive to Google’s own Pixel phones – it also works with Samsung Galaxy handsets, LGs and a few others, and is expected to support other Android devices in future. The Daydream is best suited to passive (think 360-video and animation) and semi-active content.

+$The headset comes with a handheld controller for easier navigation than with the Samsung Gear VR’s on-headset buttons. The cheapest headset is fabric-covered and designed for comfort. There’s not much content for Daydream yet, but given the cost – not to mention partnerships with Netflix VR and HBO NOW VR – there’s a good opportunity to make your mark using this tech. A standalone Daydream VR headset it+$on Its Way

+$TechRadar's full Daydream View review

+$This article includes contributions from亚当马歇尔劳拉斯诺德+$Jamie Currie