The best VR headsets provide a level of immersion in games and other experiences that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Virtual reality gaming has evolved a lot over the past few years, and you no longer have to be hardwired to a powerful PC rig to get an impressive experience. Headset prices have also dropped over the years, including recent price cuts to two of the best VR headsets. 2023 has already been an exciting year for the virtual reality space due to the launch of the PSVR 2, which is a big step forward for console-based VR. Still, a familiar name sits atop our list of the best VR headsets: the Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as Oculus Quest 2). For those looking to enter the VR space for the first time, the Quest 2 is by far the best option. However, it’s not the only good option, especially if you own a high-end gaming PC or a PS5. We’ve rounded up the best VR headsets in 2023.
Finding the best VR headset for you
The first thing that’s important to know before buying a VR headset is that some VR games are exclusive to specific headsets. Meta and both PlayStation headsets have their own storefronts that offer unique games, unavailable to HTC, Valve, and other companies’ headsets. Of course, you can still get an impressive experience with the Valve Index or HTC Vive line of headsets, especially considering the great library of VR games on Steam. Each VR headset has its advantages and unique qualities, such as high resolutions, AMOLED displays, and built-in speakers.
The Meta Quest 2 is a powerful mobile VR headset that gives you great experiences without connecting to a PC–no sensors required (though you can, if you so choose). The Valve Index requires you to connect to a PC and use sensors, but it also provides the most high-end VR experience available today. And of course, there’s the PSVR 2, which has the benefit of being compatible with Sony’s first-party lineup of VR games. Keep in mind the original PSVR has its own library of games separate from the PSVR 2. You cannot play original PSVR games on PSVR 2 unless the developer releases an upgraded version. Each headset has its unique features and benefits, so you’ll need to decide which one is the best for you, based on your price range.
Editor’s Note: Article updated on March 15, 2023
The best VR headsets in 2023
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