What is a VR headset, and how does it work?
VR stands for virtual reality. A VR headset refers to a device worn on the head to provide the wearer with a simulation experience. Virtual reality technology aims to create an almost natural 3D virtual environment, which tricks our brain into accepting it as our new reality. The headset utilizes LCD screen technology to project stereoscopic 3D images from 2D images. The headset can give you the illusion that you are in another world/dimension just by wearing it.
VR is a simulation generated on a computer to create an imaginary environment for the user to experience. While it may feel natural to you when you wear the headsets, it's actually just your brain processing the visual environment produced by the headsets.
A VR headset requires a power source to function and a set of inputs to make the experience more realistic. These inputs include controllers, head and hand tracking, trackpads, and even voice commands. These will vary depending on the headsets. In addition, the video for display for the artificial reality headset can either be natively from a smartphone already slotted in the headset or sent from a computer or console through an HDMI cable.
The headsets are often hooked up to laptops or computers via a USB cable, but there are many options for wireless headsets that operate via Bluetooth or WiFi. To allow you to experience the full extent of VR, however, you may need to have a laptop with good specs such as a video card and sufficient RAM. The use of headsets is gaining popularity as technology advances.
Top Rated Virtual Reality Headsets of August 2021
Rating is 5 out of 5
Oculus Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 64 GB
- Next-level Hardware - Make every move count with a blazing-fast processor and our highest-resolution display
- All-In-One Gaming - With backward compatibility, you can explore new titles and old favorites in the expansive Quest content library
- Immersive Entertainment - Get the best seat in the house to live concerts, groundbreaking films, exclusive events and more
- Quest 2 requires your Facebook account to log in, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world
- Easy Setup - Just open the box, set up with the smartphone app and jump into VR. No PC or console needed. Requires wireless internet access and the Oculus app (free download) to set up device
- Premium Display - Catch every detail with a stunning display that features 50% more pixels than the original Quest
- Ultimate Control - Redesigned Oculus Touch controllers transport your movements directly into VR with intuitive controls
- PC VR Compatible - Step into incredible Oculus Rift titles by connecting an Oculus Link cable to a compatible gaming PC. Oculus Link Cable sold separately
- Oculus Quest 2 requires your Facebook account to log in, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world.
Rating is 4.9 out of 5
HTC Vive Pro Eye Virtual Reality Headset Only
- Precision eye tracking - consistent, accurate eye movement tracking and analysis for creative and commercial purposes
- User analytics - uncover actionable insights about your users experience in VR using heat mapping, gaze tracking, and other interactions
- Foveated rendering - optimize graphic fidelity in the user's line of sight reducing rendering workloads on gpus
Rating is 4.8 out of 5
Oculus 2021 Newest Quest 2 VR Headset 256GB Holiday Bundle, Advanced All-in-One Virtual Reality Headset, NexiGo Controller Grip Cover White + Knuckle Strap White + Lens Cover + 13FT Link Cable Bundle
- 【Top VR Experience】Oculus Quest 2 features a blazing-fast processor, top hand-tracking system, and 1832x1920px per eye high-resolution display, offering an incredibly immersive and smooth VR gaming experience.
- 【Anti-Slip Controller Grip Covers】NexiGo grip covers are made of nice silicone material that effectively prevents sweat, dust, and scratches. Anti-slip bumps enhance the handgrip and feel.
- 【Adjustable Knuckle Straps】NexiGo knuckle straps make it possible to relax your hands without dropping the controllers. High-quality PU material offers extra durability and velcro design makes it easy to adjust the strap length to different needs.
- 【13FT Oculus Link Cable】The length reaches 13ft, and can perfectly match oculus to PC. There is enough space for you to play all kinds of games you like. Lightweight, flexible design provides more freedom, you can use straps for your headset to hold it, which doesn't twist your head or resist your movements for a good experience.
Rating is 4.7 out of 5
3D Virtual Reality VR Headset with Wireless Remote Control, VR Glasses for IMAX Movies & Play Games , Compatible for Android iOS iPhone 12 11 Pro Max Mini X R S 8 7 Samsung 4.7-6.2" Cellphone
- 【NEW UPGRADE WIRELESS BLUETOOTH VR HEADSET】3D VR virtual reality headset is connected by wireless Bluetooth, it don't need adapter, with BT 4.1, BLE dual protocol, Support high-quality audio streaming, low energy consumption ,wireless earphones automatically connect, intelligently analyze audio vibration, free answer/hang up phone game mode, cinema mode, multiple vocal modes to switch at will.
- 【 FOR IMAX THEATER PANORAMIC SURROUND SOUND】157*119MM, smaller than you think, compact and foldable,55mm large lens VR glasses, suitable for large screen mobile phones, independent sound card drive 50mm large diaphragm headphone unit, accurately restore the sound position and movement track, You can Turn Your Smartphone into a Priviate 3D IMAX Movie Theater/Game Scene Easily, Fully Immerse Yourself in the Virtual Reality Anytime ,You can Enjoy the Shocking 3D Effect.
- 【FITS FOR PEOPLE IN ALL AGES】3D vr headset for phone use fov 110 degree large viewing angle, eyes protective aspheric optical lens, humanization design of easy to adjust head frame, pupil and focus distance, compatible with eyeglasses. Myopia people within 400 degree can enjoy it freely without eyeglasses, you can watch this VR glasses with your eyeglasses on. Perfect gift idea for kids/son/daughter/men/women/mother/father/grandma/grandpa etc.
Rating is 4.6 out of 5
Peiloh VR Headset Compatible with 4.7-6.3 inch iPhone and Android, Virtual Reality Headset with Wireless Headphones 3D VR Glasses Goggles for IMAX Movies&VR Games , Soft & Comfortable
- ✔Foldable and Lightweight Design: You can fold the VR Headset and the size after folding is only 6.3 * 4.7 inches, which will make it easy to carry and store. Because it uses ultra-light new materials and weighs only 0.8 pounds, you don’t Will feel tired even if you wear it for a long time. Not only that, it can also have a good heat dissipation effect, make the phone run smoothly and reduce power consumption. This is really a very mini & compact but powerful 3D VR Headset.
- ✔52mm High Transmittance Lens: This VR Headset for Android Phone uses anti-blue light and high transmission lenses. Anti-blue light lenses can effectively prevent blue light from harming the eyes. During the use of VR Headset for iPhone Android, it reduces the fatigue of the user’s eyes and protects the user’s eyesight. The high-transmission lens keeps the picture high in definition, allowing customers to have an Immersive 3D visual experience when playing VR games and VR videos.
- ✔Equipped with Stereo Wireless Headphones: Peiloh VR Headset is the latest model in 2021. It uses a stereo Wireless headphones design. It is the first on the market to equip the Virtual Reality Headset with a Wireless headphones. VR Headset for phones allows your phone to easily connect to the headphones of the VR Glasses via Bluetooth. The stereo sound effect allows you to hear the sound and the 3D picture you see into one, immerse yourself in VR games and videos.
- ✔Easy to USE & Eyesight Adjustment. Peiloh VR Headset can adjust the eyesight according to the user's vision, allowing users to see a clearer picture, compatible with 400-degree Myopia to 200-degree Hyperopia. It is easy to set up and use, which improves the trouble of adjusting the interpupillary distance of previous products. You do not need to adjust the interpupillary distance and the picture is naturally integrated.
- ✔Widely Compatibility: VR is compatible with smart phones, whether it is Android or IOS system, whether it is a large-screen or small-screen phone (4.6-6.3inch). Virtual Reality Goggles is well compatible with iPhone 6/7/8/XR/11/12. Android phones such as Samsung S8/S9/S10/S20; Google Pixel phone; LG Motorola Huawei Android phones, etc.
Rating is 4.5 out of 5
Pansonite Vr Headset with Remote Controller[New Version], 3D Glasses Virtual Reality Headset for VR Games & 3D Movies, Eye Care System for iPhone and Android Smartphones
- 📧Permanent free replacement-Professional technical support☎️- Customer satisfaction is of great encouragement to us.No need to worry about quality. Unsatisfied-the fastest 100% refund. In case of any product failure, missing parts, difficulty in use, etc, please contact us in time, and we will be happy to help you.
- 🆕2021 Latest Version of VR🆕- After three years of research , development and adjustment, we not only reduce the volume and weight , but also pay more attention to internal component. We went on to conquer multiple barriers to obtain very accurate fitting of parts. Pansonite VR with a new handheld controller that seamlessly responds to organic, human movements in virtual experiences.(PLEASE NOTE:The remote control is free gift)
- 👀Eyes Protecting & Bluetooth Connection👀-HD resin aspherical lens are updated to be more smooth and purified. It can completely eliminate the feel of vertigo and provide you high-resolution imaging and the color visual event.The remote control is connected to the mobile phone via Bluetooth to get rid of the wire trouble.
- 👓Adjustable Pupil and Focus Distance👓- You can simply adjust the position of the spherical resin lens through moving the button on the top of the 3D VR GLASSES so as to get a better experience of watching movies in seconds. So better and faster! Pupil settings for the best 3D experience, even to those near-sighted.
- 🎧Ergonomic Design🎧- This adjustable T-shaped strap is made of lightweight material, which can decrease the pressure around your eyes, face and on your head, providing you more comfortable feeling. This Flexible and adjustable headband is suitable for different people. What’s more, the nose area is deepened, reducing the pressure on your nose. Removable front cover helps heat dissipation and keeps cool while enjoying the virtual world.
Rating is 4.4 out of 5
LONGLU VR Headset for iPhone & Android Phones, 3D Virtual Reality Wireless Bluetooth Glasses Goggles with Remote Controller for Play Game Watching Movie 4.7-6.2 inch Phone.
- 【WIRELESS BLUETOOTH CONNECTION】Are you still worrying about frequently changing adapters ? This 3D virtual reality VR glasses are connected by wireless Bluetooth. no adapter, wireless high speed audio streaming with V4.2+ERD, not only supporting high quality audio streams, but also help reduce power loss, charging for 2.5 hours, using 25 hours, the operation is simple and convenient.
- 【PERFECT COMPATIBILITY】 3D Virtual Reality VR headset Compatible for iPhones, Android phones within 4.7-6.2 inches(full screen 6.5 inch). for iPhone12/12pro/12mini/11/ 11pro/ X /XS/XR/8 /5/SE/6/6s/7/7 plus; Samsung Galaxy s21/s20/s10/ s8/s7/s7 Edge/s6/s6 Edge Note8/5/4/3; LG G8 thinq K51 G5/6/7/8, V20/V30/G Stylo/Stylo 2/3/5, Google Pixel 5/4/3/ 2 XL 4A 3A, Moto, Sony, HTC ETC.etc.
- 【GREAT IMMERSIVE 3D IMAX CINEMA】 110° large FOV eyes protective aspheric optical lens, upgraded by many times cutting, coating, polishing, best restore HD clear image for you without distortion, dizzy or fatigue
- 【FITS FOR PEOPLE IN ALL AGES】 humanization design of easy to adjust head frame, pupil and focus distance, compatible with eyeglasses. Myopia people within 400 degree can enjoy it freely without eyeglasses, for others, you can watch this VR glasses with your eyeglasses on. Perfect gift idea for kids/son/daughter/men/women/mother/father/grandma/grandpa etc
Rating is 4.3 out of 5
Pansonite VR Headset with Remote Control, 3D Glasses Virtual Reality Headset for VR Games & 3D Movies, Eye Care System for iPhone and Android Smartphones
- 🆕2021 Latest Version of VR🆕- Pansonite 3D VR is the highest quality for this price in the market. Pansonite 3D VR headset offers strong quality and suitable design for wearing, which can show the immersive 3D virtual reality vision.
- 📧Permanent free replacement--Professional technical support☎️- Customer satisfaction is of great encouragement to us.No need to worry about quality. Unsatisfied ——the fastest 100% refund. In case of any product failure, missing parts, difficulty in use, etc, please contact us in time, and we will be happy to help you.
- 🔊Widely Compatibility🔊-Supports smartphones between 4~6 inches.Whether your phone system is Android system or other systems, you can use the 3D VR to watch Left-right 3D movies on Video Player and play varieties of VR games.The remote control is connected to the mobile phone via Bluetooth to get rid of the wire trouble.
- 👍More Comfortable Wearing👍-The small volume and lightweight gives you lots of comfort while using or carring.It has soft and breathable leather padding keeps you feeling good even after hours watching.The retractable virtual reality headset can fit your ears better, the stronger quality and suitable design provide you lots of comfort while using.
Rating is 4.2 out of 5
Portable 3D VR Glasses, Home VR Headset Virtual Reality Headset Large Screen HD VR Goggles for TV, Movies & Video Games Within 4.7-6.3 Inch
- ● Compatible with different sizes of mobile phones, within 4.7-6.3.
- ● Independent DSP and amp dual-chip, feel all over the body.
- ● Wireless headset connection, smart vibration, free to answer the phone.
- ● Wireless high-speed audio streaming with low power consumption and 25 hours of battery life.
Rating is 4.1 out of 5
3D Virtual Reality Headset, 3D VR Glasses Viewer with Remote [Bluetooth] for iOS iPhone 12 11 Pro Max Mini X R S 8 7 Samsung Galaxy S10 S9 S8 S7 Edge Note/A 10 9 8 + Other 4.7-6.2" Cellphone
- COMPATIBILITY: newest updated 3D VR headset/VR glasses box for both IOS/Android/PC 4.7-6.2” smartphones like iPhone 12/12 pro/12 mini/11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11/XS/XR/X/10/8/8+/7/7+/6S+/6+/6S/6, Samsung Galaxy S10/S10e/S10+/S9+/S9/S8/S7 Edge+/S7 Edge/S7/S6e +/S6e/S6(Active/Prime), Note 10+/10/9/8/5/4/3/2, A10e/A10/A20/A50/A51/A3/A5/A7/A9/J2/J6+/J7, BLU Advance 5.2/A4/R2 Plus/Vivo Go/Dash XL X8, LG G8 thinq K51 G5/6/7/8, V20/V30/G Stylo/Stylo 2/3/5, Google Pixel 5/4/3/ 2 XL 4A 3A, Moto, Sony, HTC ETC
- WITH RECHARGEABLE BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES: This VR case included a built-in bluetooth headphones on the side of the VR Glasses. It is compatible with both IOS & Android &PC system
- PRIVATE IMAX THEATER: with soft and comfortable built-in over-the-ears 360 degree enclosed foldable HIFI headphones, you can easily turn your smartphone into a private 3D IMAX movie theater/game screen, immerse yourself in the virtual reality anytime you want(the movie need to be 3D videos (left-right format) to enjoy the shocking 3D effect. just search keyword "VR", you will find there are more than 300 virtual reality apps on Apple App Store and Google Play Store for you to download and enjoy)
- GREAT DECENT GIFT FOR EVERYONE - BOTH KIDS & ADULTS: FOV110 degree large viewing angle,fashion and comfortable to wear design, easily adjusted head band, object & pupil distance, foldable headphones to meet all peoples' need. Also, it can be wore on without eyeglasses for 400 degree myopia to 200 degree hyperopia. Normal size eyeglasses are also compatible
Rating is 4 out of 5
Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 64GB
- All-in-one VR: Simply set up the device with your Oculus mobile app and Oculus Quest has everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box
- Insight tracking: Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories
- Touch controllers: Oculus Touch controllers precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions, so every game is real enough to reach out and touch
- Beyond room-scale: Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting, in spaces big or small
- Oculus Quest requires your Facebook account to log in, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world.
What is VR mostly used for?
Even though virtual reality is mainly associated with video gaming, it is also widely used in other applications. It can be used for entertainment, allowing the user to watch movies through designated apps. It has also been incorporated into the military for training purposes. The trainees are usually tasked with undertaking many simulations that represent real-life scenarios. All military branches, including the Army, air force, and navy.
Artificial reality technology has also been used in the design of cars. In the automotive sector, it is used to help engineers and designers get a sense of how customers would experience their vehicles and thus adjust designs.
Artificial reality has been successfully applied in other areas, including medical training to simulate surgeries, sports, education, fashion, and space travel.
Occupations such as aviation and astronauts require VR headsets to simulate their flight experience. Racing car drivers and jet pilots also utilize the technology to forge racing or flying challenges. They are helpful in tricking the brain into eliminating fear before experiencing the real deal.
Can I watch movies on a VR headset?
Absolutely. VR headsets work just like any standard screen-they project images in 2D. Therefore you can watch videos and movies through them. However, the added advantage and the reason you'll probably want to buy a headset is to experience 3D imaging. This means that you can watch movies in 3D and experience simulated 3D environments.
You can also connect your headsets to streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu to be able to stream movies directly to your VR headsets. Even YouTube allows you to watch videos through your headsets just from your smartphone.
Artificial reality headsets give you a spectacular level of immersion into movies that make you feel like you're a part of the movie itself. Primarily when used with 360 degrees gyroscope technology, you will not want to go back to regular 2D screens for movies. It is a fully immersive 3D experience that increases your enjoyment when it comes to movies and videos.
What games can you play on a virtual reality headset?
Apart from watching movies, you can also play games on a virtual reality headset. There are a variety of single and multiplayer games you can enjoy on a VR headset. With the latest games now including more features, virtual reality is slowly transforming the gaming industry. From arcade games, action games to horror experiences that will make your spine tingle, all can be played on a Virtual reality headset. The best games, however, are simulation games. Examples of simulation games include Microsoft flight simulator, football manager 2020, mad tower tycoon. Other games you can still enjoy on a virtual reality headset include: star wars: squadrons, half-life: Alyx, dreams, rez infinite, beat saber, etc.
Different brands of headsets have various features, which can better support specific games. Some do well on all models. Provided you have all the basics; you're good to play away. With new games being added to libraries each week, there's a myriad of options to choose from that can provide you with a totally immersive gaming experience