VR headsets have come down in price over the last few years. Find which VR is the right for you and your budget.

Best Budget VR Headsets for 2020

Best Budget VR Headsets for 2020

Virtual Reality gaming is evolving, and some of the current headsets available are greatly simplifying the process of picking up a headset and immersing yourself into a virtual reality world. This has been possible by some specific changes in tracking technology, motion controls and performance.

For once, most new headsets are coming with inside-out tracking, meaning that with the help of a few cameras in the headset the system is able to position the user in the world without relying on IR sensors that you used to have to lay out around the room. This makes for a great pick up and play experience.

Second, the resolution and performance has improved drastically and we now have almost unnoticeable “screen door effect” in higher resolution headsets. Even standalone headsets have great performance these days.

In this list we cover some of the most popular headsets available to get into VR experiences, these vary from standalone devices to headsets designed to be used with your high-end computers.

In 2020, there’s a VR headset for everyone.

Oculus Quest

For many, this is the current winner for entry level VR experiences. The Oculus Quest is a standalone device that is reported to be using a customized Android 7.1 version, same as the Oculus Go. It has a decent library of games and having the ability to play VR games without tethering to a PC or console makes it one of the most appealing devices.

But that’s not all: The Oculus Quest has recently released a cable/software called Oculus Link which changes the game for this device as it allows you to connect the headset to a computer and enjoy PC games from Steam as you do with other headsets.

The downside? The Quest has a refresh rate of 72 Hz which makes it the lowest in the devices listed in this guide (other than the Nintendo).

Specs

  • OLED Display
  • 2880x1600 Resolution
  • 72 Hz Refresh Rate
  • Inside-out tracking
  • Includes Speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM

Price starts from $399

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Oculus Go

This is an all-in-one VR set that doesn’t require a PC or console to work. While it won’t amaze you by its graphics fidelity or performance, the Go is an excellent package to get started in the VR world.

It features an older SOC than the Quest, but the entry level price makes it a great budget headset for casual users.

Specs

  • LCD Display
  • 1280x1440 Resolution
  • 60 Hz Refresh Rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 3GB RAM

Price: starts from $199

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Playstation VR (PSVR)

The Playstation VR may already be showing its age but it is still one of the most popular VR sets available. It does require a PS4 to play and offers the ease of use from consoles. The hardware isn’t amazing by 2020 standards but the library of games may make it worth buying.

Checkout the PSVR game library from Sony’s website. https://www.playstation.com/en-ca/explore/playstation-vr/games/

Specs

  • 1920×1080 Resolution
  • 120Hz, 90Hz
  • Approximate FOV 100 degree
  • Requires cameras for tracking

Price: $399 for the Blood & Truth and Everybody’s Golf VR Bundle

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HTC Cosmos

The HTC Cosmos is the latest iteration from HTC and follows a lot of the learnings from the previous HTC Vive. The headset is one of the most expensive ones listed here and while it has some updated specs, its price makes it hard to recommend when you see its competition.

Specs

  • LCD Screens
  • 2880 x 1700 Resolution
  • 90 Hz
  • 110 FOV
  • Built-in headphones
  • Inside-out tracking

Price: $699 (last checked)

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Oculus Rift S

The Rift S is the upgraded version of the Oculus Rift and while the upgrade is modest it does come with some great new features.

The first change, a welcomed one in modern VR headsets, is that includes inside-out tracking, so you can skip having to setup IR sensors in your room.

Specs

  • LCD Screen
  • 2560x1440
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 80 Hz

Price: $399 (last checked)

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HP Reverb G2

The HP Reverb G2 is the refreshed Windows MR (Mixed Reality) that is fully compatible with Steam and its vast library of games. It has the same lenses as the Valve Index and is one of the headsets that requires the most performance from your computer, mainly to be able to push the amount of pixels in its screens.

Specs

  • LCD Screens
  • 2x2160x2160 Resolution
  • 90Hz
  • 114 FOV
  • 60-68mm IPD
  • Inside-out tracking
  • Includes same headsets as the Valve Index.

Price: $599 (last checked)

Nintendo Labo VR

With a very different approach to VR, Nintendo released Labo VR kits that use your handheld as the screen and comes with a DIY cardboard kit for you to assemble it.

Let’s be clear that the target market here is very different from the previously listed VR headsets, with the majority of games being simple mini-games aimed mostly for kids. That said, for the price, we can’t recommend the Labo VR kit enough as it’s definitely a great way to get into VR at a very low cost, (assuming you have a Nintendo Switch already).

Price: $79.99

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