Whenever we think about getting a Virtual Reality headset, one thing always crosses our mind. The question always arouses “Should I go for Oculus Rift?” Well, Oculus sure has earned its place into our hearts. It has drastically modified the entire gaming platform from traditional gaming consoles to virtual reality.
In 2016, Oculus VR, now a division of Facebook Inc. launched the Oculus Rift. It gradually stands out from the rest of the competition because of the low price and in terms of the specification as well. The Rift has 2 OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1200p for each eye and a refresh rate of 90Hz with a viewing angle of 110°.
But it’s 2019, my friend. If you are thinking of getting a new Virtual Reality headset then there are now a wide range of devices to choose from. We will be mentioning the alternatives to Oculus Rift available in the market for you.
Best Oculus Rift Alternatives
1. HTC Vive Pro
The only one to challenge the Oculus Rift in 2016 was HTC Vive. Now it has unveiled its successor, The HTC Vive Pro, with some decent modifications. In the previous version, there were lots of wires clinging to the headset which made it quite gross looking. The Vive Pro adjusted the wires with some well-padded cushion to protect your face and head.
There is some decent modification to the hardware as well. Though in size comparison the Vive Pro is almost double the size of its predecessor, still it is lighter than the Vive at just 555 grams. It has a new AMOLED display and the resolution has been increased to 1440 x 1600 Pixels per eye with the same 90Hz refresh rate as Rift. The field of view is of 110° which is decent enough. There are in-built well-padded cushioned headphones equipped with Spatial Sound system, It has also added 2 in-built microphones with active noise cancellation. These microphones will come handy while playing multiplayer games.
The VR Headset has also added 2 base stations with SteamVR 2.0 tracking. With 2 camera sensors in the front, it picks up necessary data from the controllers and base station to track your movements better than before. For connectivity, It has USB-C type, DP 1.2 to HDMI and Bluetooth.
To get the best out of the VR you need an Intel i5 4590 or AMD FX 8359 processor or above and graphics processor equivalent or above than GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX480.
The price for the Vive pro is on the higher side. But if you want to go for a better higher resolution with an AMOLED display and a great SteamVR platform then you can definitely go for it.
Buy on Amazon for $1108.58
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2. PS VR
It’s a mid ranged VR which can challenge the HTC and Oculus. It houses a 5.7-inch OLED display having 1080p resolution with 360° vision and has a decent framerate of 120 frames per second.
The complete package of PS VR has some decent add-ons. A motion tracker with a dual camera setup which has depth sensing capability, this tracks the LED lights from your headset and controllers. You also get a nice headphone which has a 3D surrounding sound capability that lets you perceive the distance and direction of a coming sound. Other than that you get 3 controllers that are DualShock 4 wireless controller, a set of the motion controller and an aim assist controller.
All the equipment has LED lights and these light bars are constantly tracked by the motion tracker to improve the in-game movements. The headset itself has 9 LEDs for tracking your head movements. Just make sure you’re in between the view of the 2 motion tracking cameras for decent gameplay.
The PS VR is way cheaper than the Rift and if you love your PlayStation, then this could be the perfect VR for you. PlayStation platform also has some great collection of VR games.
Buy on Amazon for $249.99
3. Samsung HMD Odessey+
This is a by-product of Samsung and Windows Mixed Reality. The Windows mixed reality is another upgrade to Windows 10 allowing a user to experience the OS in holograph and virtual reality.
This VR offers a dual 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 each and offers a viewing angle of 110°. The pixel density of the device is 616 PPI but with a new Anti-Screen Door Efficient technology the pixel count doubles to the user perception. In addition, the headset also comes with built-in headphones from AKG which has 360° surround sound. The user can perceive the direction and analyze the distance of the coming sound.
You will get 2 6-DoF sensors with this VR. This means 6 Degrees Of Freedom, it is a game changer in VR technology. Rather than using a base station to observe the gesture, the headset is capable enough to track your head movement and also your physical movements.
The Headset also has different sensors like 6-Axis Acceleration & Gyroscope, 3-Axis Compass, Proximity sensor, and IPD Sensor. It has a built-in microphone for voice input and also supports Cortana. You will get 2 motion controllers equipped with 6-DOF and also supports Xbox One controller.
This VR does not require an extra docking station to trace your movements. This saves you a lot of hard work to mount them on the ceiling. Since they don’t have one, you don’t need to stay within the range of docks as well. 6-DoF is a revolutionary technology in the field of VR. I personally think it could be a major advantage and a great alternative to Oculus Rift.
Buy on Amazon for $449
4. Oculus Go
The Oculus Go is termed as a standalone VR headset. You don’t require any high-end PC or phone to view the content in it. It acts as a smartphone somehow. The headset offers a 5.5-inch WQHD LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. You get a viewing angle of 100° and the refresh rate of the display is 60-72Hz.
Go headset has a controller with a trackpad and 2 buttons for back and home respectively. It only weighs about 468g, the built quality is all fiber but the does not look cheap. On the inside, it houses a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor which is optimized only for the VR apps.
The headset has a 3-DoF sensor which only allows it to do orientation tracking. You need to connect your device to your smartphones with the Oculus app or simply connect the headset to a WiFi to watch Netflix or download games.
Buy on Amazon for $199
5. Lenovo Mirage Solo
It is the world’s first standalone Google Daydream device. Basically, it frees you from wires connecting to PCs or phones and rather uses Google’s WorldSense. The WorldSense uses two front-facing fisheye cameras powered by 6-DoF to exactly locate the user’s position and movements. It is a visioning technology that analyzes the environment by setting up distinct points at objects and read the user movements by estimating the distance from the headset to the points.
The Mirage offers a 5.5-inch QHD LCD display giving you a resolution of 2560×1440 with a refresh rate of the display at 75Hz and a 110° field of view. On the inside, it houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and packs 4GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM. The device runs on Daydream 2.0 and supports micro SD card up to 256GB.
It also has a massive 4000 mAh battery which runs for an average 2.5 hrs. It has a P-Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and Magnetometer. For wireless connectivity, it supports WiFi 802.11 ac/n 2×2 MIMO Dual Band and has Bluetooth 5.0. The controller supports 3-DoF and works decently.
Buy on Amazon for $399.99
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6. Pimax 5K
If you are searching for an alternative with a much higher spec, then this might be the one you’re looking for. Rather than using an OLED panel, the Pimax uses dual LCD which they call customized CLPL panel. The display supports 7.5 million pixels which can be called as 5K. The resolution of the CLPL display is off the charts when compared to the Rift or Vive, which is 2560×1440 for each display. Field of view offered by the VR is 200° which is way too higher than some of the latest addition and has a refresh rate of 90Hz.
You need to connect the VR Headset to your PC, the connection available are USB 2.0/3.0 and 1.4 DP to HDMI. It also offers various sensors for motion tracking like SteamVR Tracking, G- Sensor, and Gyroscope and supports any hand motion controller.
To support the 5K display with your PC, you need some high-end hardware. Our recommendation is a GPU equivalent to GeForce GTX 1070 or above. As a part of the headset’s Virtual Reality system, you can either choose SteamVR or Oculus Home.
Buy on Amazon for $1299
7. Samsung Gear VR
Samsung unveiled its Gear VR in 2016. The setup process is pretty easy, just dock your Galaxy smartphone into the VR using the micro USB port and you are ready to explore the world of unimaginable possibilities. This headset offers a Back and Home key along with a Touchpad for easy control.
The Gear VR is powered by Oculus and Offers a field of view of 101°. It houses an Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Proximity sensor to track movements and weighs around 345 grams. The USB in the dock is type-C and supports devices like Galaxy S8 and above. You can also buy an earlier version for the devices like S6, and S7 with micro USB. Samsung is also claiming that the upcoming S10 device will also work fine.
The Gear VR is decent and with the rising competition, Samsung also added a Bluetooth controller for easy access.
Buy on Amazon for $99.98
8. Google Daydream View
The Google VR project started with Cardboard and is still rising. Google has now unveiled its new addition to the VR family with the Daydream platform. The new VR is now available and is giving quite a competition to Oculus and Gear. Google never fails to provide its user with a wide variety of applications and this is not an exception.
For now, the headset supports a limited number of phones. But in the near future, we believe the manufacturers will develop phones compatible with Daydream platform. If you are using any of the supported phones, it will try to connect with your phone using NFC to activate the Daydream OS. If your phone doesn’t support Daydream you can still use it with Cardboard applications.
The headset also offers a wireless controller for easy access to users. It has a USB type-C port and with a single charge, it will last around 12 hours. The VR headset also supports a 100° field of view.
Buy on Amazon for $58.16
9. AOGUERBE VR Glasses
This is the best VR headset if you are using an old phone. It comes with T shaped lightweight straps to hold the VR on your face. And also has padded cushioning which will protect your face from any damage. The lenses are adjustable which is a great add-on as most headset manufacturers don’t provide this feature. It also comes with in-built headphones which are of pretty decent quality.
You also get a wireless controller for easy access. The controller can be connected to the phone via Bluetooth and requires two AA size batteries for power. Headset gives you a feel of a giant luxury IMAX theatre with its panoramic field of view of 120° which is quite good. You can make use of the Cardboard application to enhance your VR experience with different games, 360° videos etc.
In addition, you get an IPD adjustment feature with this headset, you either adjust the lenses by moving them forward and backward or move the phone depending on your comfort.
Buy on Amazon for $34.99
10. Dell Visor
This is another addition to the Windows Mixed Reality. It allows the user to perceive Virtual Reality with the existing reality itself. The headset comes with an HDMI 2.0 video output, a USB 3.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You need to connect the headset to a PC running Windows 10 Fall Creators which is the latest update to the OS. The HDMI output wire falls short while connecting to the PC.
This headset does not come with an in-built headphone and connecting one over the headset is a real problem. You need to get earphones rather than the headphones to work with them. The headset also doesn’t support SteamVR and lacks some applications which is a drawback.
It has two LED display with a resolution of 1440×1440 each and offers a field of view of 110°. The refresh rate of the display is 90Hz and has a pixel density of 706ppi. The display clearly outmatches the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Apart from this, the headset has two front-facing infrared cameras which analyze the movement of the user and also tracks the movement of the hand motion controllers. This feature allows it to work without any base station.
Buy on Amazon for $300
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These are some of the best VR headset and alternatives to Oculus Rift available in the market that you can buy. Enhance your computing experience with the newest addition to the virtual reality. Also, let us know about what you think of these devices and if you’re planning to buy one in the comments section.