The Best Virtual Reality Gadgets For Windows 10
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’ll know that virtual reality is not just the future – it is the now.
Many virtual reality gadgets are already out in the market, with much more set to arrive in the coming months.
With that said, here are our picks for the best virtual reality gadgets available in the market today for Windows 10.
For A Complete VR Experience
HTC Vive ($799)
The HTC Vive is widely considered as the most complete VR setup available today.
It comes with the best 3D space tracking in the business and allows you to walk around in a room, which along with the two controllers it comes shipped with, makes for a truly immersive experience.
It is understandable, then, that it is the most expensive option there is today.
With a starting price of $799, the HTC Vive certainly doesn’t come cheap. There’s also the fact that you have to buy or build a PC that’s actually capable of supporting VR first.
The set minimum requirements are an Intel Core i5 4590 and a GeForce GTX 970. They’re not exactly the most expensive parts around. However, it still means an added cost on top of the HTC Vive.
In total, you could be looking at somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 – and quite possibly even more – for a complete setup.
The lack of content may also be a deal breaker. HTC Valve handily loses to its main competition, the Oculus Rift, as far as VR-ready games go.
No need to worry, though. Valve and HTC are currently hard at work to develop new VR content.
Given Valve’s track record, there’s little doubt about the quality of the games that will be made available later on.
Here’s to hoping that later comes sooner.
Honorable Mention – Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is notably cheaper compared to the HTC Vive, with a starting price of $499.99. However, even a cheaper price tag, in addition to being the first piece of technology that started the whole VR thing, just isn’t enough to warrant the Oculus Rift an outright recommendation.
The HTC Vive wins simply because it’s capable of providing a true virtual experience.
The Rift is limited in the sense that it limits its users to a static position. The package even comes with an Xbox One Controller, as if to reinforce that point.
The included Touch controllers do help solve this, allowing you to stand and move your head in any direction. But again, you still can’t walk around inside a virtual room, unlike with the HTC Vive.
You can also purchase extra sensors, but that just drives the total cost of a Rift set up to well over that of the Vive.
When you consider that you’ll also have to shell out money for a capable gaming PC to make full use of the Rift as with the HTC Vive, you’ll realize just how much more expensive it is.
The Rift wins in terms of comfort, fit, and content, however.
Because it was the first in the market and have gone through plenty of revisions, the fit and finish of the Rift are well ahead of that of the Vive.
The Oculus Rift also has far more games available today, with even more titles currently in development coming soon.
Ultimately, though, HTC Vive’s true VR gaming experience trumps what the Oculus Rift has to offer right now.
Astro A50 Wireless
Following the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule, the Astro A50 Wireless takes what the original Astro A50 had to offer and adds in wireless functionality.
On-the-fly voice chat, solid aluminum build, a noise-cancelling microphone, and an overall impressive audio experience that’s compatible with a wide range of different platforms, the Astro A50 certainly is well worth the premium price.
If you want to pair your VR headset with the best audio experience, the Astro A50 Wireless certainly will not disappoint.
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Regardless of which of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive you buy, you’re going to have to invest in a wireless controller to pair with it.
Oculus Rift owners need not worry about this; the VR headset comes prepackaged with an Xbox One Wireless Controller. Meanwhile, those with an HTC Vive may want to invest in one.
Valve vs Facebook
While the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift aren’t the only players in the market, they’re the only ones worth considering.
Both are well ahead of their competitors right now, especially as far as Windows 10 compatibility goes. And, with companies such as Valve (HTC Vive) and Facebook (Oculus Rift) backing them up, the gap between them and their competition is only going to grow.
It’s a two-man race between these two VR headsets and that’s likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
The Best Virtual Reality Gadgets
Keep in mind that these are the best virtual reality gadgets available for Windows 10 devices. There certainly are other devices out there, but they’re not exactly for the PC.
As such, if you have further questions, or if you’d like to suggest a gadget, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.