The Best Virtual Reality Headset for the Fitness Guy, Mobile Video Gamer, and More
For the Fitness Guy: The HTC Vive
The all-new Vive is a fully immersive VR headset that comes tethered to a gaming PC. With twin 360-degree motion-tracking sensors and room scale, not to mention two wireless motion controls, Vive captures your real-world movements so precisely that it’s unrivaled as a VR workout tool. It’s the preferred device of VR fitness company VirZoom.
For the Total Virtual-Reality Neophyte: Zeiss VR One
While some VR headsets are geared for specific devices (such as the Samsung Gear VR, which is made specifically for the Samsung Galaxy smartphone), Zeiss VR One is a wireless headset that works with any smartphone between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. That means that just about anyone with a phone can use this rig to dip a toe into the VR world.
There’s a reason Facebook bought this company for $2 billion. It’s one of the biggest and most high-profile players in tethered VR (if not the biggest), and the new Oculus Rift VR headset, with its external constellation tracker, offers a fully immersive virtual experience. The high refresh rate and low-persistence display makes for arguably the best of the bunch.
One of the industry-wide leaders in wireless VR, the all-new Gear VR works specifically with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone for games and movies in 360 degrees of augmented reality. With the most mobile VR games to choose from, including shooters and sports games, it’s one of the lightest and most comfortable VR headsets on the market, thanks to its soft foam padding. This device will turn any Netflix binge into a movie theater-quality viewing session.