Standalone VR headsets are perfect for VR devotees that want to have a virtual reality experience but don’t have the necessary devices i.e. smart phones and pc’s with the compatibility required. Now that the product market in standalone VR headsets is growing and more wireless products are being made available, there’s no excuse not to have the VR experience that you’ve been dreaming of. Teaming up with Aniwaa, we share some of the top standalone VR headsets of 2018, the complete guide can also be viewed here.
The Oculus Go is possibly one of the most well known standalone headsets, favoured for its ease of use and its relatively good battery life. Immersive, easy to use and with a price point of $199, you can’t go wrong with this one.
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This all-in-one android VR device, has its own Android OS and can essentially work with anything or on its own. Its compatibility with different operating systems is one of its most enticing features and while some users have mentioned that it may not be all that comfortable to work with, considering what you’re getting and the price you’re getting it at, it’s not a deal breaker. Retailing at $199, it’s another steal in as far as standalone VR devices are concerned.
Xiaomi Mi VR
Working with Oculus, Xiaomi created the Xiaomi Mi VR, specifically for the Chinese market, this product is one of many that the brands have partnered on. In appearance, it’s almost identical to the Oculus Go apart from the branding, with the main point of differentiation being the localised content accessible through the device.
The Pico Goblin offers a better than average VR experience, with a refresh rate of 70Hz and exemplary display quality. From a design and comfort perspective, the headset sits fairly comfortably, with an adjustable headstrap assisting the process. The only limitation of the Pico Goblin is that it offers a less immersive experience in comparison to other headsets on the market. Limitations aside, for an all-in-one headset with its crisp display quality, we believe it may be worth a look at.
Lenovo Mirage Solo
The Lenovo Mirage Solo, leads us into the more expensive part of our VR HMD devices guide. Retailing at $400, this device made in collaboration with Google Daydream provides a superior immersive experience, with 6DOF (degrees of freedom). It’s critiqued mostly because of its bulky size, but praised for many of its other specifications, namely its battery life, LCD display and positional tracking.
DPVR M2 Pro
The only standalone VR headset from DPVR, formerly known as Deepon, offers much for the VR user. With superior battery power, fast charging capabilities, good memory storage and clear visual effects, this standalone device has a lot going for it. Retailing at $599 you’ll be buying a VR experience which won’t disappoint.
HTC VIVE FOCUS
The HTC VIVE FOCUS is one of the more superior standalone VR products on the market and has been reported as a ‘technical step up from the Oculus Go’. It was one of the first standalone devices available with 6DOF and also comes with bluetooth controllers, built in speakers and a microphone, all contributing towards creating a more immersive experience. Retailing at $650, it will cost a little more than other products mentioned in this guide, but considering its features, it’s a justifiable expense.
An update of the Pico Goblin, the Pico Neo is the most expensive headset of our 2018 guide, but it delivers on many fronts and as a product stands out from the other mentioned standalone devices. With all it’s bells and whistles the Neo provides good quality visuals, sports a respectable refresh rate of 90Hz and has exceptional visual quality by VR standards. With a viewing angle of reportedly 101 degrees and 6DOF creating a high quality immersive experience, the Pico Neo is top of the range when it comes to standalone devices.
Coming soon, as a special mention in the original report was the Oculus Quest. It’s expected to have several improvements from the Oculus Go and is awaited with great anticipation.
Remember to head on over to the original full guide for even more detailed information of the mentioned products. We hope we’ve planted some seeds and armed you with some tips on what to look at when you make your next VR purchase.