Everyone is talking about virtual reality and VR headsets. But do you know where to start with VR? When you look at the choices today, you might feels a little overwhelmed. Consumers clearly have a lot more options to choose from than ever before.
For instance, there are expensive VR headsets that also require extensive, outside power from a computer. However, the experience they offer is tremendous. If you don't want to make that kind of financial investment to buy a sophisticated VR headset—especially if you are not sure it will work with your existing computer—don't worry. There are quite a few VR headsets that are not too expensive, and still allow you to test the waters of virtual reality without breaking the bank. (Note: if you fall into this category, you should also check out our review, Best VR Headsets For Under $100.)
Overall, it's basically true that the more expensive the VR headset, the better the experience. But that doesn't mean you can't have fun, even with a lower-end model. To help you get started, and comb through the myriad options, here are GearBrain's top picks for the best VR headsets for gamers. And don't worry, we have listed a few nice headsets in the lower price ranges as well.
Samsung Gear VR
If you have a late-model Samsung phone, save your money and get a virtual reality experience almost as good as that of the desktop and console-based headsets with the $99 Gear VR.
In addition to its reasonable price, the Gear VR is very easy to use. Download the app, take the front cover off the headset, and snap in your phone. Then put on your headset and use the built-in trackpad and buttons to navigate around your home menu.
Samsung partnered up with Oculus to get games and experiences for the platform, which you can see here. Note: popular games include the space shooter Eve: Gunjack, Gun Club 3 VR, and the horror game Affected.
To learn more about Gear VR, check out GearBrain's Best VR Headsets for Gaming. You can buy Gear VR for $99 from the company itself, from Amazon, or from Best Buy. If you physically go to Best Buy, they may also have a headset for you to try before you take the headset home.