The Ultimate VR Headset Comparison Table: Every VR Headset Compared

Which VR headset should you buy in 2020? It’s the question anyone who’s ever considered getting into VR has asked themselves, I know I have. Despite a huge amount of enthusiasm around VR it’s still proving difficult to work out which headsets are good, which are bad and what they require to work.

What’s needed is a simple comparison between all the major headsets (there are more than listed here, but they are mostly copycats). Check out my comparison table and quick summaries of the most popular VR headsets out now and it might make your decision slightly easier.

VR Headset Comparison Table 2020

SpecsOculus Quest 2Oculus QuestValve IndexHTC ViveHTC Vive ProOculus Rift SOculus RiftPSVRSamsung OdysseyOculus GoHTC Vive ProLenovo Explorer
Image
Max Field of View100°100°130°110°110° 115°110°110°110°100°110°110°
Max Resolution 3664×1920 per eye2560 x 14402880 x 1600 (1440 x 1600)2160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye)2880 x 16002560×14402160×1200 (1080×1200 per eye)1920×1080

(960 × 1080 per eye)

2880 x 1600

(1440 x 1600 per eye)

2560 x 14402880 x 1600

(1440 x 1600  per eye)

2880 x 1440

(1440 x 1600  per eye)

Screen TypeFast Twitch LCDOLEDLCDDual AMOLEDDual AMOLEDFast-switch LCDDual AMOLEDAMOLEDAMOLEDFast-Switch WQHD LCDDual AMOLEDLCD
Pixel Density538ppi461ppi615ppi538ppi456ppi386ppi615ppiUnknown615ppi706ppi
SensorsAccelerometer,
gyroscope, Internal Cameras
Accelerometer,
gyroscope, Internal Cameras
Accelerometer,
gyroscope, External Cameras
Accelerometer,
gyroscope
SteamVR Tracking, G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity, IPD sensor Accelerometer,
gyroscope, 5 x Internal Cameras
Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometerAccelerometer,
gyroscope
Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometerAccelerometer,
gyroscope
6-Axis ACC & Gyro, 3-Axis Compass, Proximity sensor, IPD SensorGyroscope
Max Refresh Rate90Hz72Hz144Hz90Hz90Hz80Hz90Hz90Hz, 120Hz90Hz60Hz90Hz90 Hz
Tracking6DOF Inside Out Tracking (wireless)6DOF Inside Out Tracking (wireless)6DOF Inside Out Tracking with Finger Tracking Controllers6 DOF IR Laser-based
360-degree tracking
using “Lighthouse”
Base Stations
6DOF Room Scale Tracking6DOF Inside Out Tracking6 DOF Constellation
camera optical 360-
degree IR LED
tracking
6 DOF PlayStation Camera optical 360-degree LED
tracking
2 x 6 DOF cameraOrientation Tracking2 x Inside-out motion tracking cameras
Weight503g570g570g563g563g563g470g610g644g468g380g
Extra RequirementsNoneNonePC with 8GB RAM and Graphics CardPC with VR ready specsPC with VR ready specsPC with VR ready specsPC with VR ready specsPlaystation 4WMR Compatible PCNonePC with advanced VR ready specsWMR Compatible PC
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What you should lookout for

If you’ve just become interested in getting a VR headset you may not understand some of the terminology or what it means, so let me try and clear things up for you.

Field of View: The higher the better. This refers to how much of your eyesight will be covered when wearing theVR headset. The human eye has a field of view of around 180 degrees, so a field of view of 110 will pretty much cover your whole vision

Resolution: Again, the higher the screen resolution of your headset the better. Higher resolution screens are able to produce a clearer image and more immersive experience.

Pixel Density: Many technology journalists consider pixel density to be a more accurate measurement of how clear a VR headset image will be. The pixel density is essentially how many pixels are visible in a square inch. The more pixels the less likely you are to see the individual pixels and the clearer the image will be.

Screen Type: Most headsets utilize AMOLED screens which are considered superior to LCD screens.

Tracking: This is a slightly more complicated subject, as some headsets are not designed to track your whole body and some can track you around an entire room. The PSVR uses a camera to track hand movements, however you’ll be limited to the wire attaching you to the system.

The same is true for more advanced HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift, however these utilize more accurate body tracking. Some headsets are stand alone and require no wires or cameras, however these usually don’t allow for advanced body tracking.

 

Oculus Quest

PROS:
  • All in one VR headset – No wires or PC required
  • 6Dof Controllers
  • Large Gaming/Software Ecosystem
  • High resolution screen
  • Cheaper than competitors

CONS:
  • Weak processor
  • Low refresh rate

The much anticipated Oculus Quest is the companies first attempt at an all-in-one 6DOF VR headset. This means you can have full room tracking without the need for external cameras, wires or a PC. This is probably the VR experience that everyone was hoping for years ago and it’s finally here.

The Quest will have a huge library of content right away with exclusive games being released throughout the year. While the Quest is a great innovation it’s not going to be able to compete with wired headsets in terms of rendering graphics.

The processor that powers the Quest isn’t the best and can’t compete with a PC graphics card, so games will look more basic. Still, you’ll have no wires to content with and a high resolution screen that will ensure the image is as crisp as possible.

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See Also: Quest 2 vs Quest

Valve Index

PROS:
  • Highest Quality Screen
  • Advanced Finger Tracking
  • Built-in High Quality Audio

CONS:
  • Very Expensive
  • Requires Powerful PC/Laptop
  • Difficult Setup/Wired

Since its release the Valve Index has been considered by most to be the most advanced VR headset ever. It features a super high resolution screen that all but eliminated the screen door effect.

The very high 120 Hz refresh rate means objects move smoothly and limits blur. You’ll also find the most advanced tracking system which can track finger movements, however there are few VR games or experiences that take advantage of this as of now.

The Valve Index also has the most advanced in built audio providing professional quality sound with noise cancelling capabilities. Overall this headset is the best around, but it’s also the most expensive and awkward to set up – you’ll have to have some patience and a pretty powerful system to run it off.

 

HTC Vive Pro

PROS:
  • High Resolution Screen
  • Excellent Refresh Rate
  • Large Room Scale Tracking

CONS:
  • Very Expensive
  • Accessories are Extra
  • More Complicated Set-up

HTC released the Vive Pro as a direct upgrade to the original Vive and rings with it some key upgrades. The headset itself has been redesigned to be more conformable, new screen technology to reduce the screen door effect that plagued the Vive and a bump in resolution to boost image sharpness.

The Vive Pro uses external and internal room scale tracking to provide the more accurate tracking experience ever on a HTC headset, this makes it perfect for professional use as well as gaming.

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Oculus Rift S

The Rift S represents an incremental upgrade to its original Rift headset. You’ll find a higher resolution screen and improved controllers with more options for controlling the VR environment. The biggest change compared to the Rift is the addition of the 6 internal cameras for inside out tracking, this allows tracking without external cameras, reducing the need for accessories and wires.

You’ll still need to tether the headset to a VR ready desktop in order to use it, but this setup is cleaner and easier. While not technically as advanced as its HTC counterpart the Rift S is significantly cheaper and has access to more games and experiences.

PROS:
  • High Resolution Display
  • Excellent Tracking System
  • Wide Field of View
  • Lower Price than HTC Cosmos

CONS:
  • Lower Refresh Rate
  • Tethered System
  • Requires Powerful PC

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HTC Vive

PROS:
  • Room Scale Tracking
  • 6Dof Controllers
  • Large Gaming/Software Ecosystem
  • Dual AMOLED Screens

CONS:
  • Expensive
  • Requires Powerful PC
  • Wired Setup
  • Lower ppi compared to cheaper headsets

The HTC Vive is often considered to be the pinnacle of VR headset technology thus far. It’s been in a constant battle with the Oculus rift for best selling full headset. The Vive now has to compete with several other headsets (including it’s new big brother, the Vive Pro) which have some superior specs, however the Vive has a huge backlog of compatible games and software.

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Oculus Rift

PROS:
  • Comfortable
  • Accurate Motion Controls
  • Dual AMOLED Screens
  • Built in 360 Audio

CONS:
  • No Room Scale Tracking
  • Wired Setup
  • Required Powerful PC
  • Expensive

The Oculus rift is the device that sparked the VR revolution and since Facebook took over development, has become one of the most popular headsets yet. The Rift utilized two AMOLED displays with an average pixel density.

The Rifts main strength is the huge amount of games available on its ecosystem, which is even larger than the Vive. While you’ll need a fairly powerful PC, the requirements are not as extreme as some other headsets.

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PSVR

 

PROS:
  • Cheaper option
  • Many amazing games available
  • No PC required

CONS:
  • Lower Resolution
  • Less Impressive Immersion
  • Requires Playstation Camera and Move controllers for full experience
  • Wired Setup

The PS4 VR headset is proving to be a very popular option for VR enthusiasts, and developers are taking notice with a constant flow of new games. The PSVR is considered a less powerful but cheaper option, and it’s guaranteed to work with your PS4.

If you already have this console then it might be a no brainer to at least try out the PSVR and see how you feel with it. While the headset itself isn’t too expensive, you’ll need the camera and move controllers for the best experience, which can make the full package a bit pricey still.

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Samsung Odyssey

PROS:
  • High PPI
  • High Resolution Screen
  • High Build Quality

CONS:
  • Expensive
  • Tracking not as accurate
  • Not as many games or software available
  • Wired Setup

The Samsung Odyssey is one of a range of headsets designed for the Windows Mixed Reality ecosystem, which is essentially Microsoft’s way of getting into the VR game. These headsets are all designed to work with Windows PC’s and Laptops, but usually the requirements aren’t as high as other headsets.

The Odyssey is the most advanced WMR headset yet and comes packed with one of the best screens and ppi of any VR headset. If clarity is what you are after then the Odyssey might be for you, however some have said the tracking capabilities are not as good as the HTC Vive or Rift.

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Oculus Go

PROS:
  • Excellent Screen
  • Cheap
  • Lots of Content
  • Stand Alone

CONS:
  • No Body Tracking
  • Low Refresh Rate

The Oculus Go is probably the best selling headset ever thanks to the famous name and low price. The Go is designed to be accessible to anyone and doesn’t require a laptop or a phone to work. The first stand alone VR headset comes with a high resolution screen which makes for a pretty clear experience when viewing VR video or playing games.

The low price makes the Go one of the best ways to get into VR but you need to be aware that it’s not the same experience as its bigger brother the Oculus Rift. The Go can only track your head and controller movement, this is known as 3 degrees of freedom and limits when you can do in the VR world.

The Go is best used for viewing VR video and playing simple games and thankfully there’s almost an endless supply of such content on the Oculus Store.

See Also: Oculus Go vs PSVR

 

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