Best TOP 10 PC VR Headset Reviews

(Last Updated On: 12/30/2022)

How to select and make the desicion, please read the detail buyer’s guide:

Best Virtual Reality Headset Buyer’s Guide 2022~2023, TOP 10 VR Headset Reviews

Here is the third part of this article, the Best TOP 10 PC VR Headset detail reviews.

First let’s take a look of the list again:

Brand ModelDisplay TechLens TechResolutionFOVRefresh RateWeightRefer Price
HTC VIVE Pro 2Dual RGB low persistence LCDFresnelbinocular4896*2448120°120Hz799g$1480
HTC VIVE CosmosFast-LCDFresnelbinocular2880*1700110°90Hz651g$789
Varjo AeroMini LEDAsphericalbinocular5760*2720115°90Hz487g$1990
GXR VerseAsphericalbinocular3200*160094°130g$999
VRgineers XTAL 3Fast-LCDFresnelmonocular3840*2160180°75Hz600g$1299
Panasonic MeganeXMicro OLEDPancakemonocular2560*2560120Hz250g$899
Oculus Rift SFast-LCDFresnelmonocular1280*1440115°80Hz563g$399
Pimax Visioncustomized CLPLFresnelmonocular3840*2160200°110Hz500g$999
HP Reverb G2Fast-LCDFresnel-Asphericalbinocular4320*2160114°90Hz550g$469
Valve IndexRGB LCDFresnelbinocular2880*1600130°120Hz809g$1499
Best TOP 10 PC VR Headsets List

1. Best PC VR – HTC VIVE Pro 2

As a leading brand in the VR field, HTC VIVE has also been constantly updating VR technology and products in recent years. Last year, HTC VIVE Pro 2, a new PC VR head display, was officially launched, which not only upgraded its configuration, but also brought users a more comfortable use experience.

HTC VIVE Pro 2

The changes brought about by HTC VIVE Pro 2 mainly include the following aspects. First of all, it is convenient to wear the HTC VIVE Pro 2. One can easily wear the HTC VIVE Pro 2 without the assistance of others. It is easier to operate. In addition, it has a stronger sense of immersion, which is mainly due to the upgrading of resolution and other display aspects, which makes the picture more refined and enhances the sense of immersion with stereo headphones.

For VR devices, many users’ impression may still remain in the early days. At that time, VR devices needed to be equipped with high-performance computer equipment when they were used, and more complex debugging was needed for VR devices, and various wires needed to be sorted out when they were worn. In short, it was a very troublesome thing. Now, the VR device has become very simple in use. The newly launched HTC VIVE Pro 2 has only one wire, which is not only easy to install, but also very convenient to wear.

The main features of HTC VIVE Pro 2:

ItemValueReview
Resolutionbinocular4896*2448Best!!!
Display TechDual RGB low persistence LCDGreat Vision Effect, No Door Effect.
Lens TechFresnelHigh Light transmittance
Refresh Rate120HzBest!
FOV120°The horizontal Fov is very wide, but the vertical Fov is smaller than the Pro version
PPD23.9Normal
IPD57~70mmNormal
Sensor6DoF, G-sensor correction, gyroscope, distance sensor, IPD sensor, SteamVR location tracking (2.0)Good
SoundHi-Res certified professional 3D earphonesBest!!!
Weight799gSimilary than Quest 2.
ConnectionOnly one Wire to Wired Stream Box to PC (VIVE /Pro Need 4 Wires)Stream Box is very small, like power adaptor.
The main features of HTC VIVE Pro 2

Cons:

  • Too Expensive.
  • The vertical Fov is smaller than the Pro version

In a word, this is the best PC VR without considering the price.

2. Best Graceful VR – HTC VIVE Cosmos

Vive Cosmos has a total of 4 versions, including Elite Suite, XR Edition, Basic Edition and Original Edition, which can be connected to PCs and mobile phones. There are up to 6 location cameras, which have a wider tracking range than Oculus Rift S.

Right, the competitor of HTC VIVE Cosmos is Oculus Rift S.

The main features of HTC VIVE Cosmos:

ItemValueReview
Resolution2880*1700 (Vive Pro resolution is 2880*1600)Best!!!
Display TechRGB 3.4″ LCD, LCD material (40% higher definition than Vive)Great.
Lens TechFresnelHigh Light transmittance
Refresh Rate90HzGood
FOV110°Great
IPD61~73mmNormal
Tracking6 cameras (2 on the removable panel) to support inside out trackingGood
SensorG-sensor correction, gyroscope, proximity distance sensor, pupillary distance correction sensorGood
SoundIntegrated semi open headset, supporting side deploymentGood
Weight651gLight than HTC VIVE Pro.
ConnectionOnly one Wire to Wired Stream Box to PC (VIVE /Pro Need 4 Wires)Stream Box is very small, like power adaptor.
The main features of HTC VIVE Cosmos

So far, Cosmos is the most graceful VR I have seen. It has a streamlined design, very harmonious color matching, and relatively light weight. It has a very impressive effect. And maybe VIVE Cosmos is the best cost-effective VR for HTC.

Later on, I will give you the comparsion table about HTC VIVE Cosmos vs Oculus Rift S.

3. Best Quality VR – Varjo Aero

Last year Varjo released a lower price VR product: Aero. Compared with the previous VR-1, VR-2 and VR-3, this product priced at US $1990 is more streamlined in functions and configuration. The biggest change is that the bionic display scheme with human eye resolution is cancelled, and a new mini LED screen is adopted. The single eye resolution is up to 2880×2720, and the sRGB color gamut is 99%; The screen refresh rate is 90Hz, ppd is 35, and FOV is 115 °. From the date of release, it is the highest resolution consumer VR in the industry, which has not been broken up until now.

Varjo Aero

Previously, mini LED has been applied to some high-end models of TV sets, monitors, including Apple MacBook and iPad. Vajro Aero is the first device to use mini LED in VR head display. Compared with LCD, mini LED can control light in different zones to improve contrast, color and brightness performance. In addition, mini LED has lower cost than OLED, no screen door effect, and can also avoid screen burning.

The main features of Varjo Aero:

ItemValueReview
Resolutionbinocular5760*2720Best!!!
Display TechMini LEDGreat Vision Effect, No Door Effect.
Lens TechAsphericalHigh Light transmittance
Refresh Rate90HzNormal, little than Quest 2 and Quest Pro.
FOV115°Great!
PPD35Much Better than Quest 2
IPD57~73mmNormal
Eye trackingYes, 200HzGood
Weight487gSimilary than Quest 2.
SoundNo, need extend to other earphoneBetter than Meta Quest Pro
Wired5m wiredMaybe too short.
The main features of Varjo Aero

Cons:

  • No Speaker built-in
  • No Handle
  • Too Expensive. Although Varjo Aero is a relatively cheap model in the Varjo family, it is still expensive. If you have this budget, why not buy HTC VIVE Pro 2, Meta Quest Pro or HP Reverb G2?!

4. Best Lightest VR – GXR Verse

According to the official introduction, GXR Verse is a high-end VR headset equipped with high-quality double-sided aspheric lenses. The optical system is fully sealed to prevent dust and light leakage; The product is designed to exceed the standard, and its weight is only 130g (Lightest VR); GXR Verse also supports Dolby Atmos. Users can enjoy games and videos with 3D sound effects.

GXR Verse

In order to reduce the overall weight, we can see that the weight distribution of VR is not balanced, mainly in the front.

The main features of GXR Verse:

ItemValueReview
Resolutionbinocular3200*1600Good, better than Oculus Rift S.
Lens Tech2.1″ Screen, AsphericalHigh Light transmittance
Refresh Rate90HzNormal, little than Quest 2 and Quest Pro.
FOV94°Normal
PPI1078Normal
Diopter adjustment0~800°Good
Weight130gLightest VR until now.
SoundNo, need extend to other earphoneNormal
ConnectionHDMI wiredNormal for PC VR
The main features of GXR Verse

Such a light VR helmet can even support diopter adjustment, which is very good. However, other parameters can only be described as normal range, except that they are really very, very light.

5. Best Pilot VR – VRgineers XTAL 3

XTAL 3, the latest high-end product of VRengineers, an American VR hardware manufacturer, is mainly aimed at enterprises and military customers. There are two versions of the head display XTAL 3 VR and XTAL 3 MR.

VRgineers XTAL 3

XTAL of VRgineers has been focusing on large field of view (FoV) applications, especially flight simulators. This is why the company has customers such as the US Air Force, NASA and BAE Systems. XTAL 3 is designed in cooperation with Air Force pilots and will have VR and MR functions – the latest equipment similar to Varjo. Both versions are equipped with two 4K resolution displays (single eye 3840 × 2160), 4K refresh rate is 75Hz (120Hz for QHD), FOV reaches 180 degrees, eye tracking, inward and outward tracking, and 60-76mm automatic IPD adjustment range.

The central cover of the head display is detachable and reconfigurable, which can change the head display from pure virtual to mixed reality (MR), or use UltraLeap hand tracking instead of inside out tracking. XTAL 3 will be compatible with all existing and future technologies that may be required, while maintaining the highest level of comfort and convenience.

The new single point calibration eliminates the biggest obstacle to the widespread use of gaze rendering technology. The main bottleneck has always been the time-consuming calibration process required before each use of the gaze rendering feature. XTAL 3 calibration process uses unique single point calibration to create a virtual mathematical model of the user’s face, which can calculate accurate eye tracking calibration formula.

The main features of VRgineers XTAL 3:

ItemValueReview
Resolutionmonocular3840*21604K for one, Great! 8K for dual eye
Lens TechFast-LCD
Refresh Rate75HzNormal
FOV180 ° horizontal and 90 ° verticalGreat, only below Pimax Vision
IPD60~76mmGreat!! Best in the market.
TrackingInside-Out/ART/Optitrack/Polhemus/Vicon/Mosys/Eye TrackingGood
Weight600gLightest VR until now.
Connection5m wiredNormal for PC VR
The main features of VRgineers XTAL 3

It provides the best FOV level in the industry and has comprehensive tracking technology. It is a professional VR helmet that has been used by the military and is worth buying.

6. Best Eyewear VR – Panasonic MeganeX

The Panasonic brand Shiftall recently released the iteration prototype of MeganeX VR head display. In addition to the recent design, the team also unveiled a SteamVR positioner module designed to bring precise tracking function to the equipment and support the Valve Index controller. It should be noted that MeganeX VR is no longer an all-in-one head display, but a PC VR head display.

Panasonic Shiftall MeganeX VR

MeganeX is a VR head display with 1.3 inch Micro OLED 5.2K (2560 x 2560 x 2, 10bit HDR/120Hz), equipped with Lightning micro OLED display and Pancake lens, which are cooperated with Kopin, an American company. It supports 6DoF and can be used with various VR applications compatible with SteamVR. The VR head display is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 processor.

In addition, the design of this product is very light, which is also the pursuit of VR users. Its weight is about 250g (excluding cables). It is also designed for portability, thanks to the shape of the eyeglasses, the foldable frame and the built-in speaker.

The main features of Panasonic Shiftall MeganeX VR:

ItemValueReview
Resolutionmonocular2560*2560Great
Display Tech2*1.3 inch Micro OLEDNormal
Lens TechPancakeGreat, it is thin.
Refresh Rate120HzGreat
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon XR1Not XR2 or XR2+, is already outdated
Tracking6DoFNormal
Weight250gOne of the Lightest VR.
ConnectionDisplay Port Alternate Mode on USB-C or Display Port + USB2.0Normal for PC VR
The main features of Panasonic Shiftall MeganeX VR

As the product has not been launched, many key parameters, such as FOV, are lacking. However, the existing parameters reflect that this VR uses the XR1 chip of Qualcomm’s previous generation, which is outdated and will not have strong performance. At the same time, OLED has a high resolution, but its size is not very large, which may reduce the volume distribution.

We look forward to the performance of this product after its real launch.

7. Best Cost-effective VR – Oculus Rift S

Rift S is unique in its new positioning system, which is the product of the cooperation between Meta and Lenovo. The location tracking method is changed from Outside In to Inside Out. Rift S uses 5 camera sensors and computer vision algorithm to capture in real time to map and judge the physical space, which allows Rift S to conduct spatial positioning without using external sensors, giving Rift S technical advantages that PC VR does not have at present.

In addition, the new Pass through Plus function of the device allows players to observe the surrounding environment in black and white without taking off the head display to achieve a comfortable VR experience. This function is particularly useful when players leave the virtual space temporarily or need to check their mobile phone information.

Oculus Rift S

The main features of Oculus Rift S:

ItemHTC VIVE CosmosOculus Rift S
Resolution2880*1700 (Vive Pro resolution is 2880*1600)2560*1440
Display TechRGB 3.4″ LCD, LCD material (40% higher definition than Vive)Fast-LCD
Lens TechFresnelFresnel
Refresh Rate90Hz80Hz
FOV110°115°
IPD61~73mmNot Support
Tracking6 cameras (2 on the removable panel) to support inside out tracking5 camera sensors and computer vision algorithm to support inside out tracking
SensorG-sensor correction, gyroscope, proximity distance sensor, pupillary distance correction sensor6DoF
SoundIntegrated semi open headset, supporting side deployment3.5mm headphone connector, and open speakers are built in the left and right sides of the headband
Weight651g563g
ConnectionOnly one Wire to Wired Stream Box to PC (VIVE /Pro Need 4 Wires)DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0
The main features of Oculus Rift S

In terms of parameters, HTC Cosmos looks better. But if I tell you that the price of HTC Cosmos is twice that of Rift S, you may have to hesitate which one is more cost-effective. If me, I will choose Oculus Rift S for the price distance.

Quest 2 or Rift S? That is not a question, do you want an All in One VR or PC VR?

8. Best FOV VR – Pimax Vision

Pimax Vision is a series, including 5K, 5K Plus, 8K, 8K X, 8K Plus etc. Here we focus on the 8K X and Plus.

Pimax Vision 8K X is a new flagship VR head display with dual native 4K displays with a resolution of 3840 per eye × 2160。 Pimax is using a custom CLPL panel with an advanced RGB pixel matrix, which provides: “Increase sub pixels by 50%”. With the “dual engine mode” function, users can × 1440 * 2 pixels and 3840 × Switch the input resolution between 2160 * 2-pixel modes to double zoom 4K or double native 4K rendering output.

As for Pimax Vision 8K PLUS, the main difference is only the display screen. This head display has two 3840 × 2160 CLPL panel. These two head displays have 200 degree FoV (diagonal, the widest FOV VR until now) and new ergonomic design, and are equipped with comfort kits, including face fairing, nose protector to prevent light leakage, soft foam surface and modular audio frequency band.

Pimax Vision 8K Plus

The main features of Pimax Vision 8K Plus:

ItemPimax Vision 8K PlusReview
Resolutionmonocular3840*2160Great!!
Display Techcustomized CLPLGreat!!
Lens TechFresnelNormal
Refresh Rate90HzNormal
FOV200°diagonalBest!!!
IPD55~75mmGood
TrackingEye tracking, Hand trackingGood
SensorSteamVR sensor, A+G+M: 9 axesGood
SoundExtend to other EarphoneNormal
Weight500gNormal
ConnectionDisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0Normal
The main features of Pimax Vision 8K Plus

The biggest advantages of Pimax Vision 8K Plus are clarity and FOV. Perhaps this is also one of the most important factors of VR. Is it worth trying?

The actual maximum viewing angle of the 8K test is 180 degrees, and the screen tilt is a little more than 10 degrees. In the true 8K mode, the converted pixel density is about 25, which is theoretically equivalent to viewing a 24 inch 1080P display at 40cm.

FOV = 200° of Pimax Vision

At this pixel density, if the game material is high enough (such as Half Life VR and the Lab) and there are myopia glasses, the screen will show a “transparent” feeling, which seems to be covered with a thin layer of white fog.

At the same time, the screen phenomenon is also invisible—— In fact, the screen window is a sign of insufficient pixel density. As HP reverse G1/G2, when the pixel density reaches this level, the screen window can not be seen by the naked eye (probably like looking at the 1080 monitor. After wearing high power glasses, you can only feel it, but you can’t see it)

9. Best Screen VR – HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2 is a VR headset with outstanding performance. This breakthrough VR headset was jointly developed by HP, Valve and Microsoft, allowing you to enjoy a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience. It is reported that HP Reverb G2 uses Microsoft’s latest WMR four eye tracking scheme, as well as the optical lens developed jointly with Valve, which makes the machine more desirable.

HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2 has carried out multi-directional iteration, with the focus on the Inside Out four eye positioning scheme and the redesigned handle; In terms of audio-visual experience, HP Reverb G2 integrates the optical lens designed by Valve, and the earphone solution of spatial audio also uses some of Valve’s technologies. It is positioned as a model that combines commercial and mass consumer markets.

In short, HP Revorb G2 is a fully upgraded Microsoft WMR series VR head display, which also represents the highest level of Microsoft WMR at present.

The main features of HP Reverb G2:

ItemHP Reverb G2Review
Resolutionbinocular4320*2160Great!!
Display Tech2*2.89″ Fast-LCDGreat!!
Lens TechFresnel-AsphericalNormal
Refresh Rate90HzNormal
FOV114°Best!!!
IPDPhysical IPD regulation, 60~68mmGood
TrackingInside out, four eye tracking, 4 Camera for trackingGood
SoundValue non ear fitting stereo headset is used, 1cm away from the earGreat!
Weight550gNormal
Connection6m wired, DisplayPort 1.3 and USB 3.0Normal
The main features of HP Reverb G2

HP Reverb G2 has excellent display effect, high resolution brings better readability of text, and at the same time, it also supports the Valve optical lens and speaker technology. It has a four eye tracking scheme, and the handle keys are also re optimized. The wearing experience is also more comfortable. It is currently a PC VR with excellent main experience.

10. Best Sound VR – Valve Index

Previously, Society V, the parent company of STEAM, authorized the technology to HTC and launched the VIVE series VR. However, HTC was killed just like the mobile phones in those years. It was too expensive to popularize VR devices because of excessive hardware profits. So Society V launched the Valve Index angrily. But after the launch of Valve Index, we found that Valve Index is not cheap. This is why people who don’t do it always feel it is easy. After doing it, they find it more difficult than expected.

Let’s get back to the topic and see how the performance parameters and experience of the flagship launched in 2019.

Valve Index

The main features of Valve Index:

ItemValve IndexReview
Resolutionbinocular2880*1600Not Best now
Display TechRGB LCDGreat!!
Lens TechFresnelNormal
Refresh Rate120HzGreat!!
FOV130°Best!!!
IPD58-70mm, It can be extended to 74mmGood
Positioning and TrackingIndex uses the lighthouse positioning system owned by Society V, which is the best and most expensive one at present, with the lowest delay and excess accuracy to be used in professional fieldsAccuracy, but Expensive
SoundStereo earphones that do not fit closely with ears, very comfortableGreat!
Weight809gToo Heavy
ConnectionDisplayPort 1.3 and USB 3.0Normal
The main features of Valve Index

“I’m not a headphone enthusiast. I can’t hear music without knowing why, but I can clearly feel that this headphone has an excellent sound discrimination effect. I can shoot around my ears, imagine the distance with my eyes closed, and hear many details of general sounds” from a customer.

Valve Index is the best Sound and Vision ( Wider FOV and Quickly Refresh Rate ) PC VR in the market.

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