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Virtual reality technologies are becoming more advanced and accessible. VR glasses and helmets are gradually becoming cheaper, many models can already be considered mass-produced. The editors of Expertology magazine offer you an overview of the most notable models of VR glasses available on the Russian market at the end of summer 2022.

To clarify, we are talking about full-fledged stand-alone high-tech devices that create a realistic VR experience. Often, virtual reality glasses are also called simple and cheap accessories where a smartphone is inserted, and it also serves as a screen. Such accessories are a separate topic, and we are not talking about them here.

This time we did not divide the presented models into categories due to the lack of clear classification criteria and a very limited range of such devices on the market. Just for convenience, the devices were sorted from budget to the most expensive.

8 Best Virtual Reality Glasses

Nomination Place Name Rating

8 Best Virtual Reality Glasses

one

VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2

4.3

2

VR Oculus Quest 2 – 256 GB, 90 Hz, white

4.4

3

VR HP Reverb G2 VR Headset, 4320×2160, 90Hz, black

4.5

four

VR Pimax 8K Plus

4.6

5

Pimax Vision 8K X (MAS)

4.7

6

VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880×1600, 90Hz, blue

4.8

7

Pico Neo 3 Pro

4.9

eight

VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880×1600, 144Hz, black

5.0

VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2

Rating: 4.2

VR Sony PlayStation VR CUH-ZVR2

The most inexpensive VR system in our review will be the popular Sony model. It’s strange to see the PlayStation brand in the category of cheap products, but this is precisely the merit of the Japanese company, which managed to release such a complex device in a large series and take the lion’s share of the market, successfully displacing Oculus.

Modification CUH-ZVR2 has such basic characteristics. The total resolution is FullHD 1920×1080, the resolution for each eye separately is 960×1080. Frequency – up to 120Hz. The image is displayed on compact OLED screens. The viewing angle is 100 degrees.

In general, this model provides a good VR experience, but only for the first acquaintance with this type of leisure or for not particularly demanding and sophisticated users. The system is still one of the cheapest on the market and far from new. It is noticeably behind the more expensive options in terms of resolution.

The package also includes a Playstation camera (you need to check at the point of sale), a set of cables, stereo headphones, a processor module, and the PlayStation VR Worlds game.

Advantages

  • cute design;

  • simple installation and simple use;

  • compatibility;

  • comfortable built-in headset;

  • the most affordable price.

Flaws

  • outdated for 2022 model by many criteria.

VR Oculus Quest 2 – 256 GB, 90 Hz, white

Rating: 4.3

VR Oculus Quest 2 - 256 GB, 90 Hz, white

This is a system that replaced the legendary Oculus Rift, which was unavailable to ordinary users for a long time, not only because of the exorbitant price, but even physically because of the limited quantities.

The model is significantly superior to the previous one in terms of performance, visual effects and overall impressions. First of all, due to a radically higher resolution – 1832×1920 for each eye.

It is a completely standalone device, requiring no connection to bulkier equipment. Performance is provided by quite powerful electronics – a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, 6GB of RAM and 256 built-in.

The effect of a fully immersive virtual experience is provided by a set of sensors and four wide-angle cameras optimally positioned at the corners of the helmet shell. The system is able to carry out lightning-fast tracking of movements. You can play sitting, standing or walking.

Playing on the go is completely safe thanks to the Oculus Guardian system. It defines the playing area and tracks its boundaries, preventing the player from colliding with surrounding objects.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • general technological quality;

  • complete autonomy;

  • high enough resolution for such a price;

  • powerful processor;

  • high performance in general;

  • control of the boundaries of the playing area;

  • sensitive Oculus Touch controllers included.

Flaws

  • user comments about inconvenient mounting.

VR HP Reverb G2 VR Headset, 4320×2160, 90Hz, black

Rating: 4.4

VR HP Reverb G2 VR Headset, 4320x2160, 90Hz, black

This system is almost twice as expensive as the Oculus Quest 2, but even at a glance it is clear that it has serious advantages. But not without flaws either.

The first major difference is resolution. The total is 4320×2160, and 2160×2160 is allocated to each eye. The image refresh rate is 90Hz. The declared viewing angle is 114 degrees, but the real value with full eye perception is 90-92 degrees. This is still more than the Oculus Quest 2, which does not exceed 88 degrees.

Like the previous model, there are motion controllers that provide fairly accurate and high-quality tracking. The spatial orientation system is also similar, based on four cameras at different ends of the helmet body.

With all the pluses, this device has a major drawback – the helmet requires a connection to a PC, unlike the Oculus Quest 2. And it also requires a high bandwidth of the connection port. But the need to connect to a computer is in 2022 the rule rather than the exception.

Advantages

  • a high resolution;

  • high frequency;

  • adjustment of interpupillary distance;

  • viewing angle;

  • motion controllers included.

Flaws

  • some difficulties with connecting and installing software.

VR Pimax 8K Plus

Rating: 4.5

VR Pimax 8K Plus

Now let’s take a look at a controversial but remarkable and even iconic model of a virtual reality system that was created as a result of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The team set out to make the best-in-class VR headset with the widest viewing angle.

In terms of viewing angle, this model really turned out to be outstanding – an honest 200 degrees. For this class at the time of release, this was the best result. Image detail did not lag behind – 3840×2160 for each eye at a frequency of 90 Hz with adjustable lens distance.

The 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, since separate headphones can be easily connected – there is a separate connector. a plus.

Having serious advantages, and having made a powerful impression on the public, this system still required a number of improvements, which were embodied in the improved Pimax Vision 8K X model.

Advantages

  • light;

  • spectacular design;

  • unprecedented viewing angle in VR helmets;

  • tracking hand and eye movements;

  • adjustment of interpupillary distance;

  • comfortable fit.

Flaws

  • insufficiently developed software and a number of other minor points.

Pimax Vision 8K X (MAS)

Rating: 4.6

Pimax Vision 8K X (MAS)

This model is an example of the quality work on the bugs that the developers did on the quite good model described above.

The Vision 8K X uses the Pimax headset’s signature ultra-wide shell with a sloped front that allows the panels to wrap around the nose. The angled displays provide the very wide 200-degree (170-degree) field of view that Pimax headsets are known for.

The screen resolution is the same as the previous version – 3840×2160 for each eye at a frequency of 90Hz. Tellingly, at full resolution, the headset delivers stunning clarity that few other models can achieve. But with a decrease in resolution, the clarity is quite noticeably lost, as well as when asampling is turned on.

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 will need a high-performance graphics card on your computer, RTX 3080 level or better. A small minus can be considered the complexity of settings with many parameters.

Advantages

  • a high resolution;

  • excellent clarity at full resolution;

  • adjustment of the interlens distance;

  • spectacular futuristic design;

  • many configuration options;

  • unprecedented viewing angle in VR helmets.

Flaws

  • complicated setup process.

VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880×1600, 90Hz, blue

Rating: 4.7

VR HTC Vive Pro, 2880x1600, 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 in 2018 was one of the best on the market, and in 2021-2022 the company also holds the mark.

We’ll warn you right away, the resolution here is much lower than that of the Pimax Vision 8K. And even lower than the HP Reverb and Oculus Quest 2. It is 1440×1600 for each eye. But the expressiveness of the picture is drawn by the fact that top AMOLED matrices of impeccable quality are used here.

There are two motion controllers in the kit, they are the same ones that were in the 2018 version. But the brightest detail of the package is two base stations. They significantly affect the final cost, but they give the very effect of maximum immersion.

With all the advantages and undoubted technological quality, this model is rightly considered somewhat overestimated in terms of cost. Therefore, it can be recommended when there is a shortage of more optimal alternatives.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • frequency 90 Hz;

  • AMOLED matrices in screens;

  • base stations included;

  • high-quality tracking of movements and movements;

  • motion controllers included.

Flaws

  • permission;

  • overprice.

Pico Neo 3 Pro

Rating: 4.8

Pico Neo 3 Pro

And again in our review, a completely autonomous virtual reality helmet that does not need to be connected to an external station, whether it be a PC or a game console. Therefore, it is correct to compare this model only with Oculus Quest 2.

And here we immediately see some superiority of the Pico Neo 3. Almost 10% more than approximately 98 degrees viewing angle. At the same time, the frequency is exactly the same 90Hz, and the resolution is even slightly better. The overall resolution is 3664×1920, for each eye is 1960×2160.

In terms of electronics, this model is no worse than the Oculus Quest 2. The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, 256 GB of data storage, and in addition there is a microSD card slot.

A big plus of this helmet is the competent weight distribution and comfortable fit. With the Oculus Quest 2, many couldn’t last longer than half an hour, but that was considered the norm. The Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye has addressed this issue in depth by placing a relatively heavy battery in the headband along with some other components. This way we achieve an even distribution of weight. Plus, they added a gear on the headband, with which you can adjust the length of the tape with a slight movement.

Advantages

  • completely autonomous;

  • powerful electronics;

  • large amount of internal memory;

  • microSD card slot;

  • large viewing angle;

  • comfortable fit for long time use.

Flaws

  • There were no obvious cons and complaints from users.

VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880×1600, 144Hz, black

Rating: 4.9

VR Valve Index VR Kit, 2880x1600, 144Hz, black

In conclusion, let’s pay attention to a very bright model, which in some places falls short of some, but in other respects, on the contrary, breaks records.

Firstly, it must be said that this is so far the only VR helmet that supports the 144Hz frequency beyond the limit in this niche.

Secondly, there are expensive base stations in the kit, so the impressive price of the kit is fully justified.

Thirdly, it is the quality of the image and sound. Some manufacturers generally refuse to integrate headphones into helmets, leaving the choice to the buyer. Here they decided to make “all-in-one” and did not fail, since the reviews about the sound are the best. The quality of the picture is also almost enthusiastic, although formally the resolution is not a record here – at the level of VR HTC Vive Pro – 1440×1600.

But what draws sharp criticism is the controllers. They really don’t work flawlessly. Plus, the helmet itself, to put it mildly, is a little heavy – 800 g.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • record high frequency;

  • base stations included;

  • impeccable image quality;

  • sound quality.

Flaws

  • unfinished controllers;

  • heavy.