- 8 best virtual reality glasses
- VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2
- VR Oc Us Quest 2 – 256 GB, 90Hz, white
- VR Pimax 8K Plus
- imax Vision 8K X (MAS)
- VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880×1600, 90Hz, blue
- ico Neo 3 Pro Eye
- VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880×1600, 144 Hz, black
*Editor’s Choice Award Winners Review. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, not an advertisement and is not a guide to buy. Please consult with an expert before purchase.
Virtual reality technology is becoming more advanced and affordable. VR glasses and helmets are gradually getting cheaper, many models can even be considered mass-market. Expertology editorial staff offers you an overview of the most prominent models of VR-glasses available on the Russian market at the end of summer 2022.
We should clarify that we are talking about full-fledged autonomous high-tech devices, creating a realistic VR experience. Often virtual reality glasses are also called simple and cheap accessories, where you insert your smartphone and it also serves as a screen. These accessories are a separate topic, and we are not talking about them here.
We have not divided the presented models into categories this time because of the lack of clear classification criteria so far and the very limited range of such devices on the market. Just for convenience we have sorted them from the cheapest to the most expensive.
8 best virtual reality glasses
|The 8 best virtual reality glasses||1||VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2||4.3|
|3||VR HP Reverb G2 VR Headset, 4320×2160, 90 Hz, black||4.5|
|4||VR Pimax 8K Plus||4.6|
imax Vision 8K X (MAS)
|6||VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880×1600, 90 Hz, blue||4.8|
ico Neo 3 Pro Eye
|8||VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880×1600, 144 Hz, black||5.0|
VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2
The most inexpensive VR system in our review will be a popular model manufactured by Sony. It is strange to see the brand PlayStation in the category of cheap products, but it is precisely the merit of the Japanese company, which managed to release such a sophisticated device in large series and take the lion’s share of the market, successfully squeezing the Oc
- cute design;
- Not difficult to install and easy to use;
- A comfortable built-in headset;
- most affordable price.
- Outdated for 2022 model by many criteria.
- high resolution;
- high frequency;
- Adjustment of interpupillary distance;
- viewing angle;
- Motion controllers included.
- some difficulty in connecting and installing the software.
- spectacular design;
- an unprecedented viewing angle in VR helmets;
- hand and eye tracking;
- interpupillary distance adjustment;
- comfortable fit.
- Insufficiently developed software and a number of other minor points.
- high resolution;
- Excellent clarity at full resolution;
- interlens distance adjustment;
- The spectacular futuristic design;
- lots of configuration options;
- An unprecedented viewing angle in VR helmets.
- complicated setup process.
- frequency of 90 Hz;
- AMOLED matrixes in the screens;
- base stations included;
- High quality tracking of movements and movements;
- motion controllers are included.
- fully self-contained;
- powerful electronics;
- a large amount of internal memory;
- microSD card slot;
- large viewing angle;
- Comfortable fit for extended use.
- No clear disadvantages and no complaints from users were revealed.
- record high frequency;
- base stations included;
- impeccable image quality;
- sound quality.
- incomplete controllers;
The CUH-ZVR2 has the following main features. Total resolution – F
- lHD 1920×1080, the resolution for each eye separately – 960×1080. Frequency up to 120Hz. Picture is displayed on compact OLED screens. Viewing angle 100 degrees.
In general, this model gives a good VR-experience, but only for the first acquaintance with this kind of leisure or for not particularly demanding and experienced users. The system is still one of the cheapest on the market and is far from new. It lags noticeably behind the more expensive options in terms of resolution.
It also comes with a Playstation camera (you should check with your point of sale), a set of cables, stereo headphones, a processor module, the game PlayStation VR Worlds.
Us Quest 2 – 256 GB, 90Hz, white
This system is almost twice as expensive as the Oc
- The HP Reverb G2 VR headset has a lot of advantages, but even a cursory glance reveals that it has some serious advantages. But not without disadvantages.
The first important difference is the resolution. Total is 4320×2160 and each eye is allocated 2160×2160. The refresh rate of the picture is 90Hz. Declared viewing angle – 114 degrees, but the real value with the full perception of the eyes – 90-92 degrees. This is still more than the Oc
- us Quest 2, which does not have more than 88 degrees.
As with the previous model, there are motion controllers that perform quite accurate and quality tracking. The spatial orientation system is also similar, based on four cameras at different ends of the helmet body.
With all the pluses of this device has a major drawback – the helmet requires a PC connection, unlike the Oc
- Us Quest 2. And it also requires high bandwidth of the connection port. But the need to connect to a computer is the rule rather than the exception in 2022.
VR Pimax 8K Plus
Now let’s take a look at the controversial, but notable and even iconic model of a virtual reality system that was created as a result of a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The team set out to make the best-in-class VR headset with the widest viewing angle.
In terms of viewing angles, this model really turned out to be outstanding – a fair 200 degrees. Best for this class at the time of release. Image detail was not far behind – 3840×2160 for each eye at 90Hz with adjustable distance between the lenses.
Helmet is able to track hand movements (using separate modules) and eye movements with minimal delay.
The device has a built-in microphone, but no headphones. But this is not such a big problem, as individual headphones can be easily connected – there is a separate connector. plus.
With its serious benefits and having made a strong impression on the public, it still needed some fine tuning and the result is the improved Pimax Vision 8K X.
imax Vision 8K X (MAS)
This model is an example of the quality work on bugs that the developers did on the quite good model described above.
The Vision 8K X uses Pimax’s proprietary extra-wide headset shell with an angled front that allows the panels to wrap around the nose. The angled positioning of the displays provides the very wide field of view of 200 degrees (170 degrees diagonally) that Pimax headsets are known for.
The screen resolution is the same as the previous version – 3840×2160 for each eye at 90Hz. Remarkably, at full resolution the headset offers astonishing clarity that few other models can match. But when you reduce the resolution, the clarity loses quite noticeably, as well as when you turn on the asampling.
SteamVR motion tracking technology is based on a highly sensitive nine-axis accelerometer and provides high-quality tracking with minimal delay.
In order to maximize the potential of this device, you need a high-performance graphics card on your computer, the level of RTX 3080 or better. A small disadvantage was the complexity of the settings with many parameters.
VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880×1600, 90Hz, blue
Next, let’s turn your attention to the VR-helmet of the famous Taiwanese electronics brand HTC. The previous generation of this series was one of the best on the market in 2018, and in 2021-2022, the company is holding its own as well.
Be warned right away, the resolution here is much lower than the Pimax Vision 8K. And even lower than the HP Reverb and Oc
- us Quest 2. It is 1440×1600 for each eye. But the expressiveness of the picture is pulled by the fact that it uses top-end AMOLED matrix of impeccable quality.
The kit comes with two motion controllers, they are the same ones that were in the 2018 version. But the most striking detail is the two base stations. They significantly affect the final cost, but they give the effect of maximum immersion.
With all the pluses and unquestionable technological quality, this model is rightly considered somewhat overrated in terms of cost. Therefore, it can be recommended when there is a shortage of more optimal alternatives.
ico Neo 3 Pro Eye
Once again in our review, a fully autonomous virtual reality helmet that does not need a connection to an external station, be it a PC or a gaming console. Therefore, it is only correct to compare this model with the Oc
- us Quest 2.
And here we immediately see some superiority of Pico Neo 3. Almost 10% more angle of view – 98 degrees. And the frequency is exactly the same as 90Hz and the resolution is even slightly better. Total resolution – 3664×1920, per eye – 1960×2160.
In terms of electronics this model is not worse than Oc
- us Quest 2. Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, 256GB of storage, and there’s also a microSD card slot on top.
A big plus of this helmet is intelligent weight distribution and a comfortable fit. With Oc
- us Quest 2 many did not last longer than half an hour, but that was considered the norm. The Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye has thought deeply about this issue, placing a relatively heavy battery in the headband along with several other components. This is how we achieved an even distribution of weight. Plus they added a gear on the headband with which you can easily adjust the length of the band.
VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880×1600, 144 Hz, black
In conclusion, let us pay attention to a very bright model, which in some places falls short of some, but for other parameters on the contrary breaks records.
Firstly, it must be said that this is so far the only VR helmet that supports the prohibitive frequency of 144Hz in this niche.
Secondly, it comes with an inexpensive base station, so the impressive price of the kit is quite justified.
Third is the image and sound quality. Some manufacturers refuse to integrate headphones into helmets at all, leaving the choice to the buyer. Here we have decided to make “all-in-one” and we have not lost, because the reviews about the sound are the best. About the quality of the picture is also reported almost enthusiastically, although technically the resolution is not a record – at the level of VR HTC Vive Pro – 1440×1600.
But what draws harsh criticism is the controllers. They do not really work flawlessly. The helmet itself is heavy, to say the least.