Best VR Headset 2022: Our Top Picks For Virtual Reality

If you're looking for the ultimate immersive gaming experience and want to find the best VR headset for you, we're here to help with your search.

Ever since its inception, virtual reality is becoming more and more accessible with new iterations and atmospheric experiences being released all the time.

There are even loads of new headsets tipped to be on the way, including PSVR 2, Project Cambria (touted to be the Meta Quest Pro), and even a rumoured Meta Quest 3.

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If you can't wait that long, then we've got you covered. Whether you're going for the rather powerful Valve Index or you want some high-resolution displays with the HTC VIVE Pro 2, here are what we think are the best out there today.

Let's dive in!

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Best VR Headset All-Rounder - Oculus Quest 2

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Brand: Oculus | Colour: White | Weight: 1.49 Kilograms | Item dimensions: 26 x 18.7 x 12.6 cm | Storage capacity: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB | Platform(s): Oculus VR, PC

Oculus certainly know how to deliver the goods when it comes to VR and their latest, and possibly greatest headset, the Quest 2 is a solid choice for anyone looking to dive into the world of virtual reality.

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The Quest 2 is a standalone console and VR headset in one, offering experiences from both the ever-expanding Oculus game library and PC compatible games including Beat Saber, SuperHot VR, Skyrim VR and The Climb 2, each of which looks rather good indeed.

This VR headset comes with up to 256GB of storage, weighs a mere 1.49 kilograms, and offers 50% more pixels than the original Quest.

It does support hand tracking and there are also some peripherals that claim to offer full-body tracking support on the Oculus Quest 2, which also makes it quite a versatile headset.

You also don't necessarily need a PC to run the Quest 2, but if you want, it can connect up via the Oculus Link cable and function with more of a classic VR experience, especially with support for Steam VR and the slew of titles available.

While the Oculus Quest 3 release date could be well on the way, we'd still say this is a solid choice for anyone that wants to dive straight into the action.

Best VR Headset Premium Choice - Valve Index

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Brand: Valve | Colour: Black | Weight: 7.26 Kilograms | Item dimensions: 59.69 x 43.18 x 22.86 cm | Platfrom(s): SteamVR

If you're not sticking to a budget and want to experience VR gaming at the max, the Valve Index could be the choice for you.

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Offering powerful sound, a stunning display and a wide field of view, this headset should provide the immersive experience you're looking for.

Not only is the headset itself impressive, but this also comes with 'Knuckle' controllers that are incredibly responsive and should add to your VR experience.

The Valve Index is also compatible with numerous games available on the SteamVR library including some VR favourites such as Beat Saber, Half-Life: Alyx, Pavlov VR and more.

Best VR Headset Budget Choice - Sony Playstation VR

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Brand: Sony | Colour: Black/White | Weight: 1.3 Kilograms | Item dimensions: 26.4 x 34.9 x 20.7 cm | Platfrom(s): PS4, PS5

If you're a PS4/PS5 user and looking to try out virtual reality gaming, then the Sony Playstation VR could be just the thing you need.

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You'll be able to experience some awesome VR games from the PS4 library like Fruit Ninja VR and Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, plus, experience some classics that offer VR compatibility such as Skyrim, and the PSVR can work with your PS5 too if you've managed to nab one.

It'll also run better on your PS5 too thanks to snappier load times, and is easy to set up with it being a case of getting Sony's free camera adaptor and plugging in the relevant cables, and away you go.

At 1.3 kilograms, this is also the lightest headset on our list, which should help to reduce strain and allow you to play games for longer.

Contrary to popular belief, the PSVR isn't discontinued and even with the launch of PSVR 2 soon, the original headset should still have some life left in it. With the slew of free games being launched monthly on PS Plus and the large library anyway, you'll have plenty of things to play.

If you're a Playstation user, this is surely the best choice for you right now. That could all be set to change in the future though with the release of the PSVR 2 that may be backwards compatible and offer up more powerful specs than the original Sony Playstation VR.

Best VR Headset Highest Resolution - HTC VIVE Pro 2

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Brand: Sony | Colour: Black/Blue | Weight: 5.8 Kilograms | Item dimensions: 53 x 34.5 x 18.5 cm | Platfrom(s): PC

When it comes to the resolution, the HTC VIVE Pro 2 is a hard one to beat.

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Offering a staggering 5K display, with a 120-degree field of view and lightning-fast 120Hz refresh rate, this headset should really bring virtual reality to life.

While this is a standout headset in terms of performance, it requires a standout gaming PC in order to perform at maximum capacity.

While the HTC VIVE Pro 2 is a little on the pricey side, we think it could be worth every penny.

Best VR Headset For PC - Oculus Rift S

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Brand: Oculus | Colour: Black | Weight: 2.6 Kilograms | Item dimensions: 41.4 x 22 x 50.8 cm | Platfrom(s): PC

Another standout choice for us is the Oculus Rift S.

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This VR headset boasts a stunning resolution with 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye, an 80Hz refresh rate and vivid lifelike hues which should all help to create a realistic virtual experience.

In terms of comfort, this headset offers an adjustable halo headband that is specifically designed to be comfortable even during lengthier gaming sessions.

In the battle between the Rift S and the Quest 2, the Rift S comes out on top if you're looking for an exclusively tethered VR experience and you've already got a powerful gaming PC to hand.

Whilst Xbox may not be getting VR for the moment, this headset is the only one that is supported on Microsoft's consoles thanks to a downloadable app from the Oculus Store, which adds another dimension to its already versatile use case.

It's also compatible with SteamVR games, giving you access to their expansive library of VR titles.

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