VR is slowly pushing its way out of being a gimmicky tech demo to try out in the back of a Best Buy and more of an essential piece of hardware for every gamer to have, with games like Phasmophobia taking the leap and embracing the bugginess of the new medium in order to improve upon and legitimize it, to varied results. With that said, it’s time for a Nerfwire purchase guide: the best VR headset to use a few times and then put in a drawer until the thing is actually usable and doesn’t make you want to throw up.
1. Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset
The Oculus Rift S is the current go-to when it comes to the Oculus range, being significantly more versatile than the 100-dollar-cheaper all-in-one Oculus Quest 2. The Oculus Rift S has the bonus of relying on your PC’s power to provide your VR experience, forcing you to purchase a better graphics card before not using it anymore after realizing you bought into this new trend maybe a year or two too early.
2. HTC Vive Elite Virtual Reality System
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite system has the bonus of coming with so much stuff, including two “lighthouse” base stations to track your movement, that it probably won’t fit in a drawer in the first place, forcing you to use it for longer. This system is considerably more expensive than the Oculus range of VR, allowing you to brag to other gamers about how expensive the system in your drawer is.
3. DESTEK V5
This VR headset comes with the benefit of sort of looking like a headset, while really just being an enclosure for your phone. It fills space in the drawer just the same, though.
4. Valve Index
This headset briefly holds itself away from its fate in the drawer alongside the Steam Controller and Steam Link by including Half-Life Alyx, a game where you play a piano in a room. The Index also includes exclusive gun skins for Alyx, making it the most unethical cosmetic package since gambling in CS:GO.
Thanks for reading this week’s guide! Next week, we’ll be diving into the drawer again, taking a look at those loose screws and old Gamecube controllers you just can’t bear to throw away.