The virtual reality world is developing at lightning speed and in 2020 many new virtual reality headsets will be on the market. In this article we give an overview of the best Virtual Reality headsets of 2020 and why you should or should not buy them.
The main developments of VR headsets in 2020
- Oculus has stopped the Oculus Go 32GB and the Oculus Rift S
- Oculus Quest 2 was launched and received high praise
- Pico G2 4K breaks through as the main VR headset are for the business market
- the HP Reverb G2 seems to be conquering the PC VR market with the discontinuation of the Oculus Rift S.
- Varjo XR-1 dominates the high end VR headset market
Oculus Quest 2. The best VR headset of 2020 for the consumer
The biggest news of 2020 is the launch of the Oculus Quest 2. The Oculus Quest 2 is the successor of the Oculus Quest 1 and has received a major upgrade. The biggest changes are the increased resolution and the improved chipset (Snapdragon XR-2)
Read more about the most important differences between the Oculus Quest 1 and 2.
This makes the experiences that can be experienced on it even more extensive and of better quality. Furthermore, the price of the Oculus Quest 2 is only 288 euros (excluding VAT). This makes the Oculus Quest 2 the best VR headset for consumers. The price-quality ratio is excellent.
This is slightly different for business use. With the rollout of the Oculus Quest 2, Oculus has made it compulsory to log into the Oculus Quest 2 with a Facebook account.
This means that organizations must ask their employees to log in with their private Facebook account. The only alternative is to purchase the Oculus Quest for business. However, this is a lot more expensive: € 686 euros in purchase costs plus a subscription of € 154 euros per year.
Advantages Quest 2
- No wiring or computer required, direct pick up and play
- Lots of content available in the Oculus Store
- High resolution
- Strong chipset (snapdragon XR-2)
Disadvantage Quest 2
- Facebook login required to use Oculus Quest 2.
Pico G2 4K. The best headsets for 360 video
The Pico G2 4K has become the most important VR headset for business use in 2020. The Pico G2 4K distinguishes itself because it has a 4K resolution screen, is very easy to clean, can be used without a controller and runs on an open Android system.
The Pico G2 4K S has extra memory, a total of 128 GB, and 25 percent more battery compared to the G2 4K (total battery life about 3 hours). The Pico G2 4K Enterprise has the same extra benefits as the G2 4K S, but it also has an integrated camera that can make the external environment visible in the VR headset.
Read more about the key differences in the Pico G2 4K line.
Advantages Pico G2 4K
- Easy to clean due to hygienic PU cover
- Can be used without a controller
- Open android system allowing many options for adjustments
- Kiosk mode
Disadvantages Pico G2 4K
- Battery life of 2-3 hours
HP Reverb G2
At the end of 2020, HP will have launched the successor of the HP Reverb G1, the G2.
Expectations for the HP Reverb G2 are high. Due to the discontinuation of the Oculus Rift S, there was no entry-level model in the PC VR category anymore. The HP Reverb G2 has to occupy this place. The HP Reverb G2 is distinguished by a 4K screen resolution and high quality integrated headphones.
Furthermore, the HP Reverb G2 works with the Steam VR platform. This means that a large amount of content is immediately available. Compared to the Oculus Quest 2, the HP Reverb G2 has the advantage that it can use the PC to which it is connected. This allows it to play much heavier games. For a price of 577 euros, it is also budget friendly.
Read more about the main reasons to buy the HP Reverb G2.
Advantages HP Reverb G2
- Budget-friendly PC VR glasses
- High resolution screen – 4K
- Works with SteamVR and Windows Mixed Reality platform
- High quality integrated audio
Disadvantages of HP Reverb G2
- Works with a VR Ready computer
Varjo VR-2 / XR-1. The best VR headsets for high-end VR
In 2020, Varjo raised a Series C investment of 46 million. This is partly due to the success of the Varjo VR-2 / XR-1. The Varjo VR-2 / XR-1 are super high end virtual reality headsets with a screen that is almost as sharp in terms of resolution as the human eye. This makes the headset ideal for business applications such as simulations and training.
Furthermore, the Varjo headsets have integrated eye tracking so that it can measure exactly what the user is looking at. Price-wise, the Varjo glasses are absolutely not entry-level models (starting from 5,790 euros), but they do have the highest quality of all VR headsets on the market.
- Nearly human eye resolution
- Eye tracking
- Easy integrations to existing 3D programs.
- Mixed Reality options Also
- Works with SteamVR
- High price
Oculus Go / Oculus Rift S / Oculus Quest 1
In 2020 Oculus stopped selling the Oculus Rift S, Oculus Go 32GB or 64GB and the Oculus Quest 1. Should you buy the headsets already in your possession, it will continue to work. Until the end of 2020 it is still possible for developers to release new games or make updates, after that this is no longer possible. It is recommended to switch to the Oculus Quest 2 or another alternative for this reason.
HTC Vive Pro Full kit / HTC Vive Cosmos / HTC Vive Focus
In 2020, HTC has not released any new headsets. The HTC Vive Focus and the HTC Cosmos have a limited market share. Both headsets have not been able to gain a large market share due to their higher price and the somewhat poor design. The HTC Vive Pro full kit is mainly used for applications that require larger playing fields. This makes it especially relevant for business use.
In 2021 HTC announced two new headsets: the HTC Vive Pro 2 and the HTC Vive Focus 3.
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