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2020 has been a banner year for VR gaming, and if you’re looking to step into virtual reality for the first time, you couldn’t have picked a better time. However, it can be difficult to figure out which VR headset is the best one. With the recent reveal of the Oculus Quest 2, and headsets like the Valve Index, HTC’s line of headsets, and more already on the market, there are a lot of options to choose from. Not to mention a variety of great games that came out this year, and the countless others still slated for release. Half-Life: Alyx was a big reason many people purchased their first VR headset and is an absolute must-play VR app if you own one yourself. Not to mention games like The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners and Phantom: Covert Ops, which both offer fun new ways to take on VR baddies.
Some VR games are exclusive to specific headsets–Oculus and PlayStation VR both have their own dedicated libraries. In addition to games, each VR headset out there right now has unique qualities like high resolutions, AMOLED displays, or built-in speakers. The Oculus Quest 2 is also a powerful mobile VR headset solution, allowing you to take VR pretty much anywhere (as long as it’s safe) like mobile VR options such as Samsung Gear VR. Deciding on the best VR headset for you can be intimidating, especially since you’re spending a lot of money and aren’t intimately familiar with each wired or standalone VR headset. That’s why we put together this guide to the best VR headset you can buy in 2020.
Whether you’re looking for a VR headset you can play anywhere (and want something better than Gear VR), a high-end headset for the most immersive experience and motion controls on your gaming PC, or something in between, there are plenty of VR goggles to choose from. While the early days of VR gaming made us choose between the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR, more companies have entered the space. Valve stepped out on its own with the Index, Samsung created a Windows Mixed Reality headset with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+, and Sony released its PlayStation VR, which has proved fairly popular among PS4 players and will be compatible with PS5.
Please note that all pricing seen below indicates the product’s standard list price and does not reflect any discounts or other price fluctuations, especially with the most popular headsets being consistently out of stock.
Quick look: The best VR headsets for 2020
For more guides on the best gaming tech out there, check out our recommendations our best gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, and monitors, as well as our Nintendo Switch buying guide. Also be sure to check out our guide to the best VPN services for streaming TV and movies. If you’re looking for a great PC to pair your VR headset with, make sure to take a look at our guide on how to build a gaming PC.