We cannot talk about budget VR headsets without a little mention to Google Cardboard although we aren’t featuring it as part of this list. The reason being that we have another Google product we are very excited about. But some cardboard offsprings are going to part of this list, and for good reason. It has revolutionised the way we consume virtual reality and 360 video. All you need is a smartphone you are good to go!
A comfortable offspring of the Google Cardboard variety, this VR headset is also AR ready, has adjustable lenses, fits over glasses and is fairly light at 9 ounces. It boasts a wide field of view of 102 degrees, meaning better immersion and a virtual reality experience which will seem more fun — and more realistic.This headset is highly rated, and the only complaint folks seem to have with it is with the lack of a controller for interactivity. But you can get hold of an external controller and solve that issue. If you want a bang for your buck headset I would look no further, this one has your name on it!
Now here is something slightly different from the Cardboard variety that dominates the budget VR headset segment. The biggest USP is that it comes with built in speakers, so the audio quality is better than the other Cardboard varieties in the market. It is heavier than our previous entry, but the build quality is much higher and the device comes with a button for user interaction. And there is no denying that at this price point, it’s an absolute steal.
Sleek, super immersive, offering a wide field of view, with excellent graphics quality. Although significantly more expensive, the Freefly VR headset delivers on all the lofty promises.From the faux leather padding to the efficient smartphone clamping mechanism, you can see the attention to detail that has gone into creating this product.The bundled GLIDE Bluetooth controller is slicker than most accessories of its type, and even includes a mini-joystick along with the control pads. The only negative is that it’s a rather tight fit, so it would definitely not be good for someone wearing glasses.
Although the most expensive of this list, the Samsung Gear also comes with the prestigious Oculus tag and that is VR royalty for you. Considering that fact alone the price point is a no brainer. The latest Gear is the same price as the previous edition. It is wireless, powered by the phone, comfortable, easy to set up and comes with a huge array of apps and games to choose from. It’s designed to work with Samsung’s top flight phones from last year: the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge,S6 Edge +, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge.
The biggest selling point for the Gear is that it has its own on-board circuitry in the form of an accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors to supplement those of the enclosed smartphone. The negative of course, is that it’s exclusive to Samsung smartphones.
A definite upgrade from Google’s previous VR outing, the Daydream is aptly named and is a perfect vehicle to transport you into an immersive VR experience. Lightweight, comfortable, and intuitive the Daydream comes with a wide range of games and videos that you can engage with. It is also compatible with most of the smartphones available in the market.
The quality is amazing, especially considering the price point. It’s far superior to the other budget headsets and has been lauded for it’s impressive latency free head tracking.
So there you have it! Our top 5 budget VR headsets to invest in for this Valentine’s day. And if you can’t think of anyone who might enjoy a little VR cheer this year, gift yourself one of these. After all, a date with some good wine, good food and a little VR can’t go wrong! And did we mention that the VR porn industry is set to hit the $1 billion mark in 2025, so if you want to throw that into the mix, maybe you can take the Valentine’s Day celebrations up a notch…