Virtual reality has never been as accessible as it currently is.
If you’re on the lookout for a VR headset and you’re just starting out in the world of VR, you may not want to break the bank on your first purchase. Fortunately, there is still some great choice out of headsets that come under the $100 / £100 / €100 price point.
Although many people may assume you have to spend hundreds of pounds/dollars to pick up a VR headset, there is a good selection that falls under the £200/$200 mark.
These devices may not have the same levels of performance and immersion that more expensive headsets have, but they’re still able to produce some excellent results. We’ve outlined the best budget headsets, below:
Sub-£50/$50 VR Headsets
There are a variety of very cheap VR headsets that can be found on sites like Amazon. These generally have only the most basic features and require a smartphone to power them. They usually draw inspiration from one of the first mobile headsets, the Google Cardboard. However, for just a small amount more you can purchase one with far more features.
Samsung paired with VR giants Oculus on their virtual reality headset. Over the years it’s had a few iterations, but the 2017 one has really raised the benchmark. Those who own a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone will find a great selection of games and apps, excellent performance, and a comfortable fit from the Gear VR.
VR pioneers Google are heavily promoting their Daydream platform at the moment. The Daydream View has one of the best designs we’ve seen on a VR device, with its soft material and ergonomic fit. The controller is as good as the one that’s paired with the above Gear VR, but the content library isn’t quite as extensive.
Is it better to get something that’s over $100/£100 and under $200/£200?
Well, if you’re prepared to spend just a little bit more on your VR headset, then you’ll be able to pick up a standalone headset like the Oculus Go, which is one of the most popular and best headsets currently on the market.
If you have slightly more budget to put towards your first VR headset, there are two excellent devices that come in at under £200/$200. The next step up from here is the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, which are around twice the price.
1. PlayStation VR
Those who already own a PlayStation 4 console should seriously consider the PSVR. It recently dropped below £200/$200 for the first time and is an absolute bargain at that price. Its performance is far superior to any of the mobile virtual reality sets, and it has an extensive game library.
The Oculus Go is one of our favourite VR headsets. It’s completely standalone, meaning you don’t need any extra hardware to run it. It has access to some fantastic games on the Oculus Store, which it handles well. The controller is a joy to use, and it’s one of the comfier headsets we’ve reviewed.