The ultimate buyers’ guide to VR headsets

With the rise of interactive gaming and 360-degree video content, it’s time to dive into the world of virtual reality (VR).

VR can take travel to the next level, with a range of headsets now available.
  • Mark Gambino
  • September 2019

Are you thinking about buying a VR headset but don’t know where to start? It’s not surprising as there is a huge range of headsets available that vary in tech specs, functionality and price. Consider what you need.

A premium VR headset packs state-of-the-art hardware such as high-resolution displays with refresh rates of 90Hz for crisp and smooth content, built-in audio speakers that simulate surround sound and wireless controllers for interaction in the VR world. However, these usually require a tethered connection to a high-powered computer.

The Oculus Go is a next-gen headset (AUD $299) that allows you to upload content and enjoy premium VR without needing a high-powered PC connection.

Packing a vibrant HD display, onboard processor and built-in audio, The controller gives you full interaction with your VR world.

Plug your android into the Google Daydream View to immerse yourself in the world of VR.
Plug your android into the Google Daydream View to immerse yourself in the world of VR.

A simple way to try the experience is with a smartphone VR headset. It’s key to remember that the quality of this VR experience is dependent on your smartphone and you might require headphones for audio (some smartphone headsets come with a wireless bluetooth controller). A new range of headsets is bridging the gap between premium and smartphone, with a HD display, plus built-in processor and audio.

The Google Daydream View is one example - insert your android handset into the headset (AUD $149) and connect the bluetooth controller for immersive interaction and exploration in VR. Or watch movies and create a private cinema you can take on the road.

The all-in-one Oculus Go is a standalone headset that comes with a range of free games and apps.
The all-in-one Oculus Go is a standalone headset that comes with a range of free games and apps.

On the budget end of the spectrum, the Kaiser Baas VR GT headset (AUD $19.95) is light enough to slip easily into a backpack and is sturdily built - perfect for eager little hands. Insert a smartphone to enjoy VR content but be aware, there’s no controller accessory for interactive content.

While games usually come at a price, there’s a lot of free content for VR – like interactive museum tours or 360-degree video adventure sports. All you need is Wi-Fi or data, and you’re good to go.