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Best VR headset 2022: Our top picks for virtual reality

If you’re craving a level of immersion that a console simply can’t offer, then it’s worth checking out all of the best VR headset options. 

While virtual reality is still in its infancy, there’s a surprising variety of options available, ranging from all-in-systems to those that require a super-powerful PC to run. But which is the best option for you?

For this list, we’ve not only rounded up the very best VR headsets you can buy today, but also explained the pros and cons for each pick, so know which is the best option for your particular needs. 

Every VR headset in this list has been reviewed by our team of experts, with plenty of experience testing both VR headsets and the accompanying apps and games that go with them. We’ve made sure to test all of the important features, including screen quality, performance, game library and more. 

Of course, we’re expecting plenty of more VR headsets to land in stores in the future, such as the PSVR 2 and Meta Quest Pro. We’ll be updating this article as we review more VR headsets, so make sure to keep this page bookmarked. 

And if you’re having second thoughts about buying a VR headset, it’s worth checking out our best games console and best gaming laptop lists. 

How we test

Learn more about how we test VR headsets

Every VR headset we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, comfort, screen quality, performance and the game library.

We’ll test a VR headset for at least a week, and test all of the available features. We’ll make sure to set it up multiple times to determine its accessibility and whether most homes would be able to accommodate it. We’ll also play a wide selection of games to see how the headset performs with each one.

And if a VR headset is wireless, we’ll make sure to measure the battery life, both when playing games and running basic apps.

Meta Quest 2

Best value VR headset
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Pros

  • Fantastic wireless performance
  • Improved screen resolution
  • Massive library of games, especially with Oculus Link
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Battery life is still pretty short
  • Oculus Link cable isn’t included, and is very expensive

The Meta Quest 2 is the best value VR headset available right now. It’s not only the most affordable, but can also function independently which means you don’t need an ultra-expensive gaming PC or console.

During the review, we were really impressed with the apps and games on offer, with the likes of Beat Saber and Superhot providing incredibly fun experiences. The Quest 2 will struggle (or even be incapable) of playing more complex games such as Skyrim VR without being plugged into a PC, but that’s a satisfactory compromise given how fun and accessible wireless play is. 

We found the biggest downside of the Meta Quest 2 to be its battery life, with our testing showing it to last 2 hours while gaming, and 3 hours for video content. But it’s likely you’ll want frequent breaks anyway, given the nature of VR.

Sadly, Meta has given the Quest 2 a $100/£100 price hike since launch, so it’s not as much of a bargain as it used to be. Nevertheless, there isn’t another VR headset available that manages to hit that perfect sweet spot between accessibility and gaming performance. Although it may be worth delaying a purchase until the potential Quest Pro launches.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Meta Quest 2 Review

Vive Pro 2

Best high-end VR headset
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Pros

  • Fantastic 5K resolution
  • Improved refresh rate and FOV
  • Comfortable design
  • Faultless tracking performance

Cons

  • Incredibly expensive
  • Requires wired connection out of the box
  • Controllers haven’t been updated

The Vive Pro 2 provides the very best virtual reality experience of all the headsets on this list, with a super-sharp 5K resolution, faultless tracking performance and a huge selection of immersive VR games and apps. 

But with the headset retailing for over £1000 when bundled with the required accessories, it’s only really worthwhile for hardcore VR enthusiasts. The need for external tracking sensors also means you basically need to take up an entire room to maximise your enjoyment with the Vive Pro 2, which simply isn’t possible for everyone. And let’s not forget the need for a high-powered PC to plug the headset into.

But if you adore VR and are happy to look past those obstacles, you’ll be treated to one of the best VR experiences currently available. During testing, we were incredibly impressed with the likes of Half-Life Alyx and Paper Beast. 

We also found the 120Hz refresh rate and 5K resolution to ensure you’re getting the absolute best visuals from a VR headset, even with the lack of an OLED screen. So if you want a top-notch VR headset and money is no issue, then the Vive Pro 2 is an awesome option. 

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Vive Pro 2 Review

Vive Cosmos

Best mid-range VR headset
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Pros

  • Inside-out tracking makes setup quicker and easier
  • Super-high resolution display
  • Comfy and stylish design

Cons

  • Far too expensive
  • Wired tether ruins immersion
  • Inside-out tracking only works in bright rooms

The Vive Cosmos could be described as a halfway house between the Quest 2 and Vive Pro 2 headsets, both in terms of price and features – it packs inside-out tracking technology and so doesn’t require external trackers, but still needs to be tethered to a high-end PC in order to function. As a result, this is a decent option for VR enthusiasts who don’t want to spend over a grand. 

During testing, we found the inside-out tracking to make a world of difference, with speedier and hassle-free setup. Although we did the Cosmos’ tracking to struggle in rooms without bright light, which can be a real nuisance for certain rooms. 

But once you get it all up and running, the VR experiences on offer are superb, with a high resolution and a wide selection of fantastic games. And while we found the wired connection can be irksome, it at least means you can play large-scale games with frighteningly good immersion. 

The high price and need for a PC will likely put off most people, and can’t compete with the Quest in terms of accessibility, but this is still nevertheless a good option for VR enthusiasts who can’t quite justify shelling out for a Vive Pro 2. 

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Vive Cosmos Review

PSVR

Best VR headset for PlayStation owners
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Pros

  • Amazing games already available
  • Simple setup
  • Movies look great in the headset
  • Comfortable to wear even with glasses
  • Better value than Oculus and Vive

Cons

  • Processor unit needs to be unplugged to power down
  • PS4 console desperately needs another USB port to charge all the controllers
  • PlayStation Camera still fiddly

If you own a PS4 or PS5 then you’ll be able to use PlayStation’s own VR headset instead: the Sony PSVR. This affordable VR headset plugs into your console, and only needs a pair of controllers and a camera to get up and running. This makes it the most accessible option besides the Meta Quest 2. 

The PSVR has a superb selection of games, such as Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Beat Saber and Superhot VR – and it even works with a couple of proper PS4 games such as Resident Evil 7 and Hitman 3. We found there to be plenty of options here for the entire family. 

Since the headset launched all the way back in 2016, it’s no shock to see that the specs look considerably dated compared to the competition. With a low 1920 x 1080 resolution, the PSVR suffered from the screen door effect during testing, preventing this headset from offering the same level of immersion as its rivals. 

The biggest issue with the PSVR is that it’s soon to be replaced, with Sony announcing plans for the PSVR 2. The upcoming headset will only work with the PS5, but will see an improved 4K HDR OLED screen, more ergonomic controllers and an expanded catalogue of games. There’s little doubt it will be a better option than the existing PSVR.

But if you still own a PS4 console and have no plans to upgrade to the PS5 in the next couple of years, then the PSVR is still a great buy for those wanting to try out virtual reality for the very first time. 

Reviewer: Brett Phipps
Full Review:
PSVR Review

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FAQs

Should I get Meta Quest 2 or wait?

While we highly rate the Meta Quest 2 headset, it may well be worth waiting as Meta will be launching another headset in the coming months. Sony could also be launching the PSVR 2 shortly.

Do you have to pay monthly for Meta Quest 2?

Nope. You simply need to pay an upfront fee for the headset, and then purchase games separately, just like a games console.

Can Quest 2 work without Facebook?

Right now you do need a Facebook account to use the Quest 2, but Meta will be changing that requirement very soon.

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