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Which VR headset should you buy?

12/28/16

The biggest decision you’re likely to make in terms of virtual reality is which headset to buy. The headset you choose will have an impact on not only the quality of your virtual experience, but also the number of virtual reality games and experiences available to you. Let’s talk about the ‘big three’ virtual reality headsets on sale at the moment – the £549 Oculus Rift, £759 HTC Vive and £349 PlayStation VR. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both designed for use with PC, while the PlayStation VR is, as the name suggests, unique to Sony’s PlayStation 4 system, which brings with it both benefits and drawbacks.

Sony has a background in both gaming hardware and software, putting it in a unique place in the market. The company has ample gaming resources from the hugely successful PlayStation line-up, and claims that there are 230 developers working on projects for the PlayStation VR headset. This means that, in theory at least, there should be a wide variety of games and experiences available for the PlayStation VR system, with 50 being released before the end of 2016. It also has a number of platform exclusives, like the hugely popular Robinson: The Journey.

However, while PlayStation VR has a range of VR content available, it may not necessarily run as well as its PC-powered counterparts. The likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive run on gaming PCs that are usually a lot more powerful than the PlayStation 4 and can cost upwards of £800-1000, whereas the PS4 costs around £200-350 depending on the variation. While we found the PlayStation VR to offer decent quality graphics when run on a standard PS4, the new PS4 Pro offers enhanced graphics for supported VR experiences so despite being a mid-range headset, users can fork out a little more for a more high-end VR experience.

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