12 Best VR Headsets of 2021 【For Gaming & Movies】

best vr headset 2021

I hope you agree with me when I say this:

 Controlling every aspect of our reality is a dream that most of us have, and VR technology is on the path to fulfilling this dream, however, virtually.  

That being said, VR headsets might not have reached the feel of our real life. But they surely are on the way to do so. For now, I can only imagine what the future holds for VR technology development.

In this review of VR headsets, I’ve touched each & every aspect of current VR technology to get you the most suitable VR headset for gaming, movies & even learning. Besides that, if you’re really into VR gaming and playing Skyrim, you’ll love this article here. If you’re looking for VR headsets specifically for PCs, you can see those here.

So, let’s begin!

Best VR Headset 2021:

Here is the list of my top choices for quality VR headsets for PC, Android, Playstation, Learning & standalone technologies.

VR headsetsRating
Oculus Quest10/10 (Editors Choice)
HTC VIVE Pro9.5/10
PlayStation VR9.0/10
Oculus Quest 29.5/10
Samsung HMD Odessy+9/10
Merge AR/VR Headset8/10
Valve Index8.5/10
Oculus Rift S8.5/10
DESTEK V58/10
Abacus Brands Bill Nye's VR Science Kit8/10
VR SHINECON8/10
HTC Vive Pro Focus Plus8/10

1. Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset

Why We Love It?

  • Highly rated
  • Enhanced Rendering Capability
  • Completely Standalone, no need for wires
ProsCons
Minimal Screen Door EffectLow Comfort Level
Guardian system to avoid tripping
Responsive Tracking

2. HTC VIVE Pro

Why We Love It?

  • Very Clear Visuals
  • An overall polished experience
  • No Dizziness Issues
ProsCons
Next Level ComfortRequires a heavy pc to run
No Blurry Text in gamesExpensive to buy
Smaller SDE than the first one.

3. PlayStation VR Marvel’s Iron Man VR Bundle

Why We Love It?

  • Smooth Refresh rate
  • Affordable Pricing
  • Future PS5 Compatability
ProsCons
Unique Colorful designVisual Quality can be grainy
Easy to Set up

4. Oculus Quest 2

Why We Love It?

  • Over 50% more pixels than the Quest 1
  • Standalone headset compatible with PC VR
  • Highest rating for a VR headset on  Amazon
ProsCons
Super Easy to set upLong Charging time.
Surprisingly good sounding speakers

5. Samsung HMD Odessy+

Why We Love It?

  • Amazing Tracking
  • Windows Mixed Reality & Steam VR supported
  • Embedded Sensors, no base station required
ProsCons
Pre-Rendered Pixels for better visualsController tracking issues
Very little SDEVery little Sweat spot
Comfy & light

6. Merge AR/VR Headset

Why We Love It?

  • Experience VR & AR at the same time
  • Mobile VR headset
  • Stretchable build quality
ProsCons
Suitable for 3.5-6 inches devicesPoor build quality
Lightweight Only for consumers with the latest upgraded system

7. Valve Index

Why We Love It?

  • High end tethered VR headset
  • Some parts are compatible with HTC products
  • 144 HZ smooth display
ProsCons
Extended Field of ViewVery expensive to own
Comfortable to Wear

8. Oculus Rift S

Why We Love It?

  • Affordable Tethered VR headset
  • Long-term top seller 
  • Reduced Screen door effect
ProsCons
Feels Comfortable on your faceCan have Overheating issues
Inside out trackingShorter Cable length

9. DESTEK V5 VR Headset

Why We Love It?

  • Eye Protection Lenses (Blue light filter)
  • Very Affordable
  • 110 degrees field of view
ProsCons
IPD Adjustment Might feel heavy on the face
Supports up to 6.8 inch devices2 hours charging time.

10. Abacus Brands Bill Nye’s VR Science Kit

Why We Love It?

  • Suitable for adding creativity to your young ones life
  • Great way to introduce your kids to VR
  • Activities are short, so expect reduced screen time.
ProsCons
Supplement for Virtual & home learningNone, since it's more of a learning device
Step by Step Guides

11. VR SHINECON

Why We Love It?

  • Can be worn by any age group
  • Very lightweight
  • Blue light filtered lenses
ProsCons
Focal Distance AdjustmentPoor Instructions
Comfortable to Wear

12.  HTC Vive Pro Focus Plus

Why We Love It?

  • Compatible with Viveport & Steam
  • Can load small apps or games in the headset itself
  • 110-degree field of view
ProsCons
Standalone headset that can be used with pcLower Refresh rate
Over 3 hours battery lifeOnly for consumers with the latest upgraded system

Conclusion

The year 2020 has caused nothing but troubles for all of us, however, for technology it did a lot of positives. Virtual reality devices are now becoming more popular than ever because of the Pandemic.
And it doesn’t matter how you want to you a VR device, you will find ample amount of options in every category. As it is clear with this guide that how VR has developed & penetrated every aspect of our lives.
So, I kept that in mind and wrote this guide to touch each and every aspect that Virtual reality exists in. And I came up with this list of the best VR headsets in 2021. And I hope that you’ll be able to find your perfect pick from this guide. However, before you go, do check out our buyer’s guide & faq at the end of the article.

What to keep in mind while buying a VR headset?

As you might have noticed from that list, that most quality VR headsets are a hefty investment. So, I  decided to keep this small buyer’s guide. In this guide, you will find the factors that you need to consider before investing in quality VR headsets.

Budget

As you might have noticed by reading this article that not all VR headsets fall under the same price range. It all depends on you, and your requirements. Budget is the first thing you need to consider even before looking for options. Once you have a budget in mind, you can easily single out the products that fall under that specific budget range.
However, I do recommend opting for tethered or premium standalone VR headsets to get the most incredible & immersive experience.

Tethered or Non-Tethered

Virtual reality headsets basically have two kinds, one is tethered means connected to a computer with a wire & the other one is non-tethered. Which are wireless, or completely standalone. While as of now most tethered ones provide a better performance, however, they do need a high-end pc to work well.
So, coming back to our first point, you need to invest extra to buy a tethered Virtual reality headset. However, if you already own a pc, you are good to go.

Platform

There are many tethered & non-tethered platforms that you can choose from. However, my point is your preferred way of using VR. If you want to just use it to watch movies, you can simply opt for Mobile VR headsets.
However, if you are looking for a premium immersive experience, PC PlayStation, or standalone VR is the way to go.

Features

A few things you need to remember when it comes to features. The first one is the field of view & the refresh rate of the device when it comes to premium headsets. There are some headsets such as Primax 5k  that can offer a 200-degree FOV.
So, you’ll be able to enjoy movies & games like a theatre. Moreover, the second thing you need to consider is the comfort & battery life if it’s a  standalone device. And the last thing you need to check is the IPD range.
You need to be able to wear the VR headset with glasses & adjust IPD if required to solve farsightedness.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best vr headset?
Virtual reality technology has evolved a lot, and if it all depends on your requirements.  If you are just wondering what is the best VR headset, then I’ll go with the Valve Index from this list. However, this list contains all quality VR headsets for different categories.
Can you feel nauseated while wearing VR headsets?
While some people do feel nauseated at first when they experience Virtual reality for the first time, however, it’s not the case with most premium VR  headsets. You’ll most probably feel nauseated with mobile Virtual reality headsets.
But the good news is when you get used to it, you’ll get rid of this feeling soon enough. And then you can enjoy the true essence of VR.
What is the future of Virtual reality technology?
VR technology has revolutionized the entertainment industry a lot. However, my personal opinion is that it has yet to reach its full potential. While we can immerse ourselves completely into the current  Virtual reality devices & forget about the real world.
However, I think when we actually start feeling the virtual world, that is when it will be perfect. At the very least if we can replicate some aspects of the Sword Art Online VR experience would be great. And I think that the rapid progression of technology will definitely aid in developing such technology soon enough.

 Now that you know all about some of the quality VR headsets in 2021. It’s time for you to take a pick & immerse yourself into a private virtual world!  

Adam Miller

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